Safe Treat and Carve on the Quad Offers Fun for Community

Friday, October 25, 2013

The University of West Georgia has plenty of treats in store for this year’s Safe Treat, a community trick-or-treating event on Tuesday, Oct. 29, from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at UWG’s academic quad east commons courtyard. The annual festivity, hosted by UWG’s Housing and Residence Life, welcomes all children ages 2 to 12 to the campus for games, candy and surprises.

“The safe treat event has been going on almost 20 years,” said Dawn Palmer, assistant director for Residence Education. “It started in the residence halls and has simply grown into a carnival. It’s more than candy; it's something everyone can enjoy. Several organizations are coming together to provide a host of activities for the children. We even have short skits and live music scheduled this year.”

Palmer says 53 organizations have committed to provide candy and activities for the event.

In addition to safe treat, UWG’s department of art will host the 6th Annual Carve on the Quad Pumpkin Carving Competition on Tuesday, Oct. 29. Pumpkins must be on the front steps of the Humanities Building no later than 5 p.m. to compete. UWG President Dr. Kyle Marrero will judge the pumpkins. Participants must bring their own pumpkin and carving equipment.

“We are happy to be partnering with Safe Treat once again,” said Clint Samples, associate art professor and foundations coordinator. “Carve on the Quad is a great day for our students to participate in a popular campus and community Halloween event. Most exciting is that we are bringing the two events back outside to the Academic Quad and new East Commons area.”

Children will have an opportunity to see the lit jack-o-lanterns when they arrive for the Safe Treat event.

Sample says the competition averages around 125 pumpkins. “In the past, we've had pumpkins carved to look like "E.T.", various movie characters, and some that are completely unique and original. It's amazing what the students create with a pumpkin.”

Both events are open to the public. For more information, contact the Residence Hall Association at 678-839-5230.