The events are family-friendly and are hosted by Student Union and Activities and University Student Housing.
In an effort to strengthen the ties between the university and local communities, Texas Tech University's Student Union and Activities and University Student Housing are hosting their annual Halloween events, Tech or Treat and SafeTreat, from 6-8 p.m. Oct. 28 for the Lubbock community.
The events allow families from the community to bring their children to campus for a safe and fun trick-or-treating environment while also experiencing life on the Texas Tech campus.
Claire Maginness, assistant director for Student Union and Activities, said Tech or Treat in conjunction with SafeTreat will offer different types of activities and entertainment for families.
“Texas Tech's Student Union and Activities department, the Tech Activities Board, Student Union Building partners, student organizations and University Student Housing wanted to provide safe alternatives to traditional trick-or-treating,” she said. “The free, kid-friendly events will have games, activities and even a magician (at Tech or Treat) for an evening of fun for the Lubbock community.”
Tech or Treat will be in the Student Union Building (SUB) with free parking near the Administration Building (R-7), Doak Hall (R-13), south of the SUB (R-11) and east of the SUB. The lots open at 5:30 p.m. and will remain open until 9 p.m.
SafeTreat will offer a variety of activities and entertainment in nine different residence halls on campus, including an appearance from the Masked Rider, a singing ghost chorus, photo opportunities, hot chocolate and a pumpkin gallery. Free parking is available in all residence halls' “Z” and visitor parking lots until 8:15 p.m. Four “Boo Buses” will run continuously between 5:45-8:15 p.m. for free to transport families between the participating residence halls.
“SafeTreat provides families with an opportunity to experience the classic door-to-door trick-or-treating along with fun activities in a safer location,” said Craig Kuehnert, assistant director for student leadership development with University Student Housing. “The Texas Tech Police Department will provide additional coverage throughout the event, and we've also added a number of non-candy treat options for children with special dietary needs or food allergies.”
A map of the SafeTreat route is available on the University Student Housing's website at http://housing.ttu.edu/safetreat.