On Halloween night, Mount St. Mary’s College’s Doheny Campus once again served as neighborhood host for thousands of trick-or-treaters. For the past 24 years, the College has turned Doheny into a "Haunted Campus," offering the surrounding community with a safe and fun Halloween destination.
This year, Mount St. Mary’s students, faculty, staff and friends donated more than 20,000 pounds of candy for the evening. Throughout the week leading up to Halloween, students decorated the lawns and entrances to the Doheny Campus’ historic homes on Chester Place.
“This is my first year at the Mount celebrating Halloween and it is an amazing experience,” says Katherine Gonzalez ’17. “I love the Halloween spirit going around the campus. It feels good to offer this to the community.”
Chester Place - the campus' main thoroughfare that features the 1899 Doheny Mansion - becomes a pedestrian spectacle each Halloween, with thousands of children, parents and students attending the event each year.
In addition to the treats handed out by MSMC students at each house on campus, costume contests and dance-offs were again staged at the College’s Ahmanson Commons. And the perennial appeal of the student-created Haunted Maze drew another long line this year. In fact, by 8 p.m., as closing time approached, trick-or-treaters dotted Doheny’s sidewalks all the way back to the campus gates.
The entire experience gave many of MSMC's volunteering students a chance to reflect on how it feels to serve and connect with their neighbors.
“I love Halloween at the Mount,” says DeAnna Consiglio ‘16, Doheny ASB President. “It is such an amazing experience to be part of. This is my second year and I will always come back!”
“This is a wonderful event that brings the community together,” says Jennifer Rios ’17. “I will definitely be back for years to come.”
To see an album of photos depicting the College’s Doheny Campus decked out for Halloween, visit MSMC’s Facebook page at www.facebook.com/msmcla. To find “Halloween Haunted Campus” photos posted by students and staff, search Instagram and Twitter by using the hashtag #MSMCHalloween or visit the Mount at @msmcla.