Colby Hall residents prepare for 40th annual Colby Halloween

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    Princesses, ghosts and superheroes will take to the halls of Colby Hall for a trick-or-treat extravaganza.

    Colby Hall is overflowing with candy and decorations in preparation for the 40th annual Colby Halloween.

    Children from the university and Fort Worth communities will trick-or-treat through Colby Hall from 6-9 p.m. on Tuesday night, Colby Hall Director Bianca Newton said.

    The event is offered to faculty and staff members to bring their children under the age of eleven to trick-or-treat within the halls, Newton said.  Families from the surrounding communities are also invited to bring their children for the festivities.

    This is Newton's first year as Colby Hall director. She said receiving the Colby Halloween Dummy Book, which is an accumulation of information from the past eight years of Colby Halloweens, eased the planning process.

    “This year there will only be one end wing that will be scary, the rest will be nice wings, along with the haunted house in the basement,” Newton said.

    Colby residents are also required to purchase more candy this year, meaning there will be 800 pieces of candy per dorm room, said Newton.  The number of visitors has been gradually rising each year, according to the Dummy Book.

    All Colby Hall residents are required to participate, Newton said. The only excuse is class. The residents are still required to buy the candy and decorate their wings even if they will be in class the night of the event.

    All Colby residents and about 110 volunteers, who are non-Colby residents, have been in the planning stages since August, Newton explained. Four Greek fraternities are also helping residents decorate halls Monday night. Members of the Residence Hall Association are also going to assist during the event as tour guides.

    Every floor picked a theme they wanted to decorate the halls in, Carol Logan, a Colby Residence Hall Assistant, said.

    Logan, a junior double major in strategic communication and economics, said the lobby is filled with glitter, paper and excitement in preparation for Tuesday night.

    "The best part was seeing all the children dressed up in costumes," Janelle Mais, a former Colby resident, said.

    Mais, a junior graphic design major, said they ran out of candy during the event her freshman year and felt bad for the children who did not receive any.

    “Lots of faculty and staff brought their children,” Francie Ronan, another former resident of Colby Hall, said. “It was nice seeing the costumed children of our professors.”

    Ronan, a junior Film-TV-Digital Media major, said the planning was stressful at times because students had to have everything ready while still finding time to study for classes.

    “We definitely could not do it without volunteers and we really appreciate student leaders and housing and residence life,” Newton said. “It is a huge collaborative effort.”