Each year, the Office of Campus Ministry arranges for Los Angeles-area schoolchildren to be brought to campus to celebrate Halloween during Fright Night.
Fright Night is a collaboration among the Office of Campus Ministry, the Resident Housing Association, the Department of Athletics and Associated Students. Students raise funds to help pay for buses, decorations and a share of the food; some students donate the cost of a lunch or two from their OneCard. Residence hall councils decide on decorations and activities, including games, trick-or-treat stations, arts and crafts projects, and the location of haunted houses. This year's event will welcome more than 600 children, a significant increase from 450 last year.
Marty Roers, coordinator of social justice ministry for Campus Ministry, says this is a very special year because not only will more children participate, but there will be more activities as well, thanks to increased support from student athletes and RHA. Many events will be held in the newly renovated lower level of Sacred Heart Chapel and in Sunken Garden. In addition, they have invited schools that are in direct partnership with the LMU Family of Schools. "We have made a special effort to invite the various schools where LMU service organizations and groups volunteer on a weekly basis," he says.
April Gutierrez, this year's event coordinator, says Fright Night is exciting not only for the children, but for the hundreds of LMU students who contribute to making the event a success. "I am so excited to be a part of hosting more than 600 children and offering an on-campus volunteer opportunity for students from various areas of campus, including Christian Life Community, Greek Life, RHA, athletics, graduate students, campus ministry and Family of Schools," she says. "Fright Night is an incredible event that allows the whole LMU community come together to celebrate."