Fatima Al-Sammak, Editor-in-Chief

Every year, Lincoln Northeast’s Student Council holds a safe trick-or-treating event called Hallowpalooza. The event is held on the Saturday a week before Halloween, and this year it happened to be on October 22. This is to ensure that lots of families are free and able to come enjoy this event with their children. Student Council hangs up flyers around the community and also delivers them to several elementary schools around the Lincoln Northeast area in order to invite people to come. But the event is mainly focused towards elementary school students and their parents.

The event runs from 6-8, but Student Council usually arrives at noon for set up. The reason set up takes so long is because every year, everything, including decorations and games, are made from scratch, and they require time to make. Volunteers are also asked to come, and they could earn Go-Po hours or service hours for JFROTC. During the event, there are games to play, a fun haunted hallway to go through, and students in costumes handing out candy. Kids have lots of fun, and parents are happy with the safe environment, which helps to make this event a greater success every year it’s held.

Although the main reason for Hallowpalooza is to provide kids with a safe environment to play and trick-or-treat in, that is not the only reason as to why this event is held. Another important reason is the Hunger Drive. The Hunger Drive is a competition amongst Lincoln Public Schools to see which school could raise the most food for the Food Bank of Lincoln, and the due date for everything is November 1st. So, since there is no entrance fee for this event, Student Council usually asks participating families to bring free will donations of nonperishable food items or money. Thankfully, lots of families do, and Student Council earns more food to include as a part of their Hunger Drive.

Hallowpalooza is a fun event filled with lots of games and candy for the kids to enjoy. So, we hope to see you and your younger sibling, niece, nephew, cousin, or family friend at Student Council’s annual Hallowpalooza event next year!