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'Trick or Treat Street' to raise hunger awareness, provide safe Halloween fun

Hastings College’s 2013 Trick or Treat Street will include a costume parade organized with Food 4 Thought, a student organization which provides food-filled backpacks for underserved school children.

The costume parade, intended to raise awareness about hunger in the community, will start at 1:30 p.m. on Sunday, October 27 in the Hastings College Circle Drive (800 N. Turner Ave.). Halloween-themed games and activities for kids of all ages and trick-or-treating at the residence halls will continue on campus until 4 p.m.

This community event is free and open to the public. Food 4 Thought will accept food donations and freewill donations for its backpack program, which currently serves students at all six Hastings Public Schools elementary schools. 

“For this year, Food 4 Thought’s focus is mainly to raise awareness about hunger, which is a huge reason we wanted to work with Trick or Treat Street,” said Jasmine Khamouna, a Hastings College senior who leads Food 4 Thought. “It is a big crowd.”

Trick or Treat Street is organized by the College’s Public Relations Ambassadors (PRA). According to Hauli Sabatka, Senior Director of Alumni Relations, and PRA advisor, Trick or Treat Street is the College’s largest campus event for school-aged children – the same audience Food 4 Thought serves.

“It’s a natural fit for PRA and Food 4 Thought to work together on this event,” Sabatka said. “With the awareness element, the community has an even better reason to come to campus and participate in Trick or Treat Street.”

Sabatka continued: “I’m also excited for this year’s Trick or Treat Street because we have several new games and activities. The college students are creative and enthusiastic about making this fun.”

Founded in 1882, Hastings College is a private, four-year liberal arts institution located in Hastings, Nebraska, that focuses on student academic and extracurricular achievement. With 64 majors in 32 areas of study and 12 pre-professional programs, Hastings College has been named among “America’s Best National Liberal Arts Colleges” by U.S. News & World Report, a “Best in the Midwest” by The Princeton Review and a “Best Buy in College Education” by Barron’s. Visit Hastings.edu for more.

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