The Catholic University of America

Oct. 29, 2008

CUA to Welcome Brookland Kids for Trick-or-Treating

Emmjolee Mendoza Waters, associate campus minister, and Colleen Arnold, a sophmore from Havertown, Pa., decorate a ticket booth to be used at the Halloween party for kids from Brookland on Oct. 30.

The student residents of CUA's Curley Court will welcome more than 150 children and their families from the neighboring Brookland community on the night of Oct. 30 for some early Halloween fun.

Organized by Sarah Hayes, the students' resident minister, and the Office of Campus Ministry, the evening will include games, face painting, snacks and door-to-door trick-or-treating through Curley Court.

"When I was talking to students about Halloween, they all talked about what they were when they were little, and going through their neighborhoods door-to-door. It brought back a lot of positive and fun memories," says Emmjolee Mendoza Waters, associate campus minister for community service and D.C. Reads.

"I hope that is something Catholic University can offer to the kids in the community," she says. "It's really about giving these kids something fun to remember, and it's fun for our students to be on the other side of handing out candy."

Mendoza Waters worked with Hayes to organize the event. The committee they gathered in early October to plan the party invited students from Brookland Elementary School, St. Anthony's School and Hope Community Charter School. CUA students work with children at these schools through the D.C. Reads program.

The event revives a tradition at CUA that Mendoza Waters fondly remembers from when she was a student from 1997 to 2001. At that time, student organizations, which were housed in Cardinal Hall (then-called University Center), would decorate their offices and hand out candy to visiting children from the community.

Students who don't live in Curley Court are invited to help out by supervising games and handing out candy on the porches of homes where residents won't be available to participate. The candy has been donated by students, faculty and staff.