On Thursday, Oct. 28 from 4-5:30 p.m., the Office of Greek Life had its annual Trick or Treat with the Greeks event.
Every year, Greek life sorority and fraternity members dress up in Halloween costumes and pass out candy to children of Samford families.
President of Greek Leadership Board Andrew Sink hoped that volunteers and attendants would feel more connected to Samford and the community as a whole.
This year, Lambda Chi Alpha, Phi Mu, Zeta Tau Alpha, Alpha Delta Pi, Alpha Omicron Pi, Alpha Tau Omega among others volunteered to help out with the event.
Lambda Chi Alpha member Andrew Simonson discussed how the event helped engage the community.
“I’m always glad when Samford puts on these events with the community to let people into our little bubble on campus and show them who we really are, and for us to see what the community around Birmingham really looks like. Even if it’s something small and fun like a Greek Trick-or-Treat,” Simonson said.
Simonson opened up about what he enjoyed most about the trick or treat event — the smiles on kids’ faces when they saw the student’s costumes and the parents’ gratitude for volunteering.
“It’s been such a hard couple of years for all of us, especially parents of young children, that moments like this mean so much to these families,” Simonson said. “Kids at that age look up to people like us like we’re superheroes, and it’s important for us as a Greek community to do things like this to show them and their parents what Greek life is really about and not just reinforce stereotypes.”
Assistant Professor of Communication and Media Nia M. Johnson brought her two sons to the event.
“My boys were dressed as Jack Skellington from ‘The Nightmare Before Christmas’ and Buzz Lightyear from ‘Toy Story.’ The way the sorority and fraternity members interacted with them made them feel like they were the real Jack and Buzz,” Johnson said, “I already knew Samford students were amazing, and this just solidified that.”
Johnson only had one suggestion on how to make the event better for next year: Make it even bigger.
“The only thing I can suggest to improve the event is to make it bigger!” Johnson said. “I would like to see even more students participate. It could be really fun for it to be a “student org” trick or treat event so that it’s more campus-wide and inclusive of more students.”