Traditional Halloween candy
October 5, 2016

LACEY, Wash. – Trick-or-treaters from the South Sound Area are invited to don their Halloween apparel and come to the University, 5000 Abbey Way, from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Oct. 29 for Community Halloween, a celebration with Saint Martin’s students.

Community Halloween, formerly called “Halloween in the Halls,” is planned by the University’s students and is an annual celebration. The rumpus begins in Charneski Recreation Center on campus, where children and their families can join in the games and crafts. An event photographer will be on hand to take free photos.

Everyone also is invited to be spirited away to the spooktacularly decorated residence halls nearby for trick-or-treating. The event is recommended for children 13 and under.

“Our students love to hand out treats as trick-or-treaters come by their rooms,” says Heather Nicole Saladino, residence director. “This is a great way to celebrate Halloween with local families – it’s warm, it’s dry and it’s fun!”

In an effort to create a more inclusive event, Saint Martin’s is participating in the Teal Pumpkin Project, a movement by the organization Food Allergy Research & Education (FARE), Saladino said.

“FARE’s Teal Pumpkin Project helps make sure all children will come home on Halloween night with something they can enjoy. It just takes one simple act: offering non-food treats, such as glow sticks or small toys, as an alternative to candy,” said Saladino. “Last year, households from all 50 states and 14 countries participated. This is a worldwide movement to create a safer, happier Halloween for all trick-or-treaters.” She said information about the project can be found at

Saladino says the first 200 kids to arrive at Community Halloween will receive a free, reusable, Halloween bag. Costumes are strongly encouraged to amp up the fun!

For more information about Community Halloween, contact Saladino at 360-486-8875.   

Saint Martin’s University is an independent, four-year, coeducational university located on a wooded campus of more than 300 acres in Lacey, Washing­ton. Established in 1895 by the Catholic Order of Saint Benedict, the University is one of 14 Benedic­tine colleges and universities in the United States and Canada, and the only one west of the Rocky Mountains. Saint Martin’s University prepares students for successful lives through its 25 majors and seven graduate programs spanning the liberal arts, business, education, nursing and engineering. Saint Martin’s welcomes more than 1,243 undergraduate students and 277 graduate students from many ethnic and religious backgrounds to its Lacey campus, and 242 more students to its extended campuses located at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Centralia College and Tacoma Community College.

For additional information:

Heather Nicole Saladino
Residence Director

Deanna Partlow
Interim Media Relations Manager
360 412-6126;