Trick-or-Treat | UVA Student Council

Trick-Or-Treating on the Lawn 2014

By Kate Ford, Student Council Sustainability Committee

What kinds of candy or other items can we hand out that won’t end up in a landfill?

Lions, tigers and bears oh my! Upholding the UVA tradition of Trick-or-Treating on the Lawn, the Student Council Sustainability Committee, UVA Sustainability, and the Climate Action Society all gathered in Committee member Dyanna Jaye’s lawn room on Halloween. Students came dressed as climate deniers, ketchup suppliers and everything in between to pass out candy to children from the Charlottesville community. It was a great way for some of the sustainability groups on Grounds to join together, have some fun, and meet local residents. Students took turns passing out candy (and eating some themselves) as well as hanging out and talking about the best costumes.

There was some steep competition for the best costume! My personal favorite was the family who dressed their toddler as the old man from the movie Up (walker, balloons and all). And the dog dressed up as a unicorn was certainly a close second. Other people liked the girl dressed as the video game claw, the Star Wars family and the baby, body builder. The event lasted two glorious hours and everyone on the Lawn had a blast.

Next year, Student Council wants to find a way to make Trick-or-Treating more sustainable! What kinds of candy or other items can we hand out that won’t end up in a landfill?

After Trick-or-Treating, many of the same students gathered for a critical mass bike ride around Charlottesville to keep up the Halloween festivities and sustainability vibes.