Nov. 1, 2012 — For the 23rd consecutive year, Mount St. Mary’s students transformed the College’s Doheny Campus into a Halloween Haunted Campus to provide neighbors living in and around the downtown area with a safe, family-friendly venue to trick-or-treat.
An estimated 16,000 people strolled the campus’ historic homes to join in this year’s fun, according to Maria Lyons, the College’s director of commuter services and community liaison.
“The Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet started this event 23 years ago to offer a safe haven and a fun place for families in the community to enjoy Halloween,” Lyons says. “Each year the event continues to grow.”
Mount St. Mary’s students coordinate each year’s Halloween event. This year, cobwebs covered trees, bushes and the facades of the campuses’ historic century-old buildings. Scarecrows and giant pumpkins lined Chester Place, the College’s main thoroughfare, which became a pedestrian walkway for the evening. Tombstones, black cats and inflatable Halloween characters dotted the front lawn of the Mount’s historic Doheny Mansion.
Most important to the children clutching plastic pumpkin buckets, white pillowcases and other sweets-holding gear, more than 22,000 pounds of candy were collected for the event. The mound of candy making its way to trick-or-treaters throughout the evening was donated by Mount faculty, staff, students, community partners, and local residents and businesses.
The candy was piled high in one of the College’s buildings and costumed Mount students shoveled the candy into boxes that were delivered to each house on campus. There, students doled out the candy to Smurfs, princesses, superheroes and other trick-or-treaters who lined the sidewalks connecting the houses.
In addition to the treats, costume contests and dance-offs were held at the College’s Ahmanson Commons. The line for the fog-filled Haunted Maze, which occupied the Mount’s Donohue Center, wrapped around several buildings most of the evening.
The Los Angeles Police Department again provided personnel for security at the event to ensure a safe Halloween. The festivities ran from 6-8:30 p.m., when the mountain of candy was finally exhausted.
“We are blessed and grateful to be able to provide a place for children and their families to have a great holiday," Lyons says. "It is a wonderful way to start the holiday season."