Students Promote Safety on Halloween with ‘Witch Watch’

Posted: October 1, 2007 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

By Ryann Doyle

Even though Halloween is a night known for spooky activity, Mason wants to ensure that no ghosts or goblins scoop up local trick-or-treaters in the neighborhoods surrounding the Mason Fairfax Campus.

This is why Student Government created “Witch Watch,” an annual event in which students, faculty and staff sign up to patrol the surrounding neighborhoods to protect trick-or-treaters and promote safety on Halloween night.

“Witch Watch is a great event that Student Government has been doing for many years, and it has become a great tradition that we love doing every year,” says Ryan Bloomfield, Student Government Advocacy Committee chair.

“This year, I have been able to put my own twist on the event. One change that I thought would be a great addition was accepting donations to send to the Johns Hopkins Children Center.”

To participate in this year’s Witch Watch, four or five friends form a group and fill out the application and release forms that are available in the Student Government Office. After filling both out for each group member, the forms must be placed in the drop-off box in the Student Government Office. All applications are due by Oct. 19.

On Halloween night, Witch Watchers will check in and receive a T-shirt at a kiosk between La Patisserie and Taco Bell in the Johnson Center at 4:30 p.m. A reception with free food in the Bistro will also provide a safety lesson from the Fairfax County Police.

At 6:15 p.m., the groups will be dismissed to their assigned neighborhood with directions to their destination. The Witch Watch will continue until 9 p.m. Everyone who helped out is invited back to campus to the Haunted House in Dewberry Hall.

For more information about Witch Watch, contact Ryan Bloomfield, 703-993-2931.

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