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Annual Fright Night Welcomes Children to LMU

LMU held its annual Fright Night celebration on October 28, 2010.
LMU held its annual Fright Night celebration on October 28, 2010.

May 10, 2011

LOS ANGELES, Calif. -

Fright Night
LMU held its annual Fright Night celebration on Thursday October 28, 2010 in Sunken Gardens - packing the venue with almost 500 students from Inner City Los Angeles. The event was sponsored by the Center for Service and Action, Residence Halls Association and the Student-Athlete Mentors.

Fright Night is a traditional Halloween themed event at LMU that provides many games and activities for the kids in attendance. The participants were dropped off in front of Sacred Heart Chapel, where they were greeted by LMU's mascot, Iggy Lion. Student-athletes volunteered as tour guides, leading groups from one activity to the next.

The available activities ranged from relay sack races to musical chairs. Many of the kids had their faces painted and even made costumes. They were also invited to decorate bags to collect their candy in. In addition, most of them wore the candy jewelry that they had made.

Fright Night has continued to expand and become more and more successful over the years due to the hard work from many LMU organizations. Athletics put on many activities this year. The women's soccer team brought out mini soccer goals and played soccer with the kids. The men's and women's basketball teams shot the ball around with the students on hoops set up on Regions Terrace. The dunk tank was a successful addition to fright night this year. Student-athletes served as "victims" in the tank and crowds watched as the kids hit the target, getting the athletes to fall in.

The basement of the chapel was decorated thoroughly with spider webs, pumpkins, witches, and candy. The women's softball team as well as the women's water polo team decorated office doors that led to a maze that was made. Next to the chapel, food was provided from Sodexo for all of the participants.

Student-Athlete Academic Coordinator, Matt Casana, said in regards to the event, "Athletics really expanded their role this year at this great event. I'm proud of the student athletes for taking time out of their schedules to volunteer, and I'm excited to see Fright Night continue to grow."

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