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Elementary students raid Steamboat college residence hall for candy

Julia Simoes, left, reaches in for a handful of candy being given out by Colorado Mountain College's Alpine Campus student Lizzy Marchiano at the college's Hill Hall. Julia was one of several children who went trick-or-treating Sunday night at the college dorm's Enchanted Castle event.

— Walking in a three-story maze of hallways inside Hill Hall at Colorado Mountain College's Alpine Campus on Sunday night, it took 10-year-old Julia Simoes a couple of minutes to find the room that gave her an early taste of Halloween.

Dressed as a garden fairy, Julia eventually was rewarded for her persistence when CMC sophomore Lizzy Marchiano opened her dorm room door holding a bucket full of Bottle Cap candy.

"It's been very enjoyable," Simoes said about the CMC Residence Hall Association's trick-or-treat event as she placed her candy in a shopping bag that also contained a coloring book. "All of the students have been very friendly and welcoming."

Julia and dozens of other elementary school-aged children attended the Alpine Campus' Enchanted Castle trick-or-treating event that had the children navigating a three-story maze of dorm rooms to find college residents waiting with candy. The children also played a variety of games set up inside the dormitory's lobby that were supervised by residence hall staff.

Children dressed as leopards, pirates, Star Wars characters, Mario and more followed a map that led them to a Hill Hall resident waiting with candy.

"This benefits both the kids and our residents," CMC Assistant Coordinator of Student Life Shawndra Winter said about the event. "It reminds our residents who have young siblings back home of what Halloween is like for them, and the little ones get to trick-or-treat in a warm and safe environment. The kids also get to see that college life here is not as crazy as some people might think."

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By 7 p.m., more than 60 children and their family members had made their way through CMC's Enchanted Castle.

More than 20 CMC students spent Sunday afternoon transforming their dormitory into something a little spookier. Cotton spider webs clung to light fixtures and an oversized stuffed spider waited to greet the kids who made it up to the third floor. An iPod on the third floor set the tone for the event as Monster Mash played on repeat.

"It's just a great family event," Winter said as she watched a group of families watch their children play a Halloween-themed version of croquet.

Many of those families said the event allowed their children to experience the holiday on two separate nights. The event also doubled as a community food drive. As the kids left with candy, tubs inside Hill Hall started to fill up with cans of soup, apple sauce and other canned goods.

Winter said all of the proceeds will be distributed among the Routt County United Way, LIFT-UP of Routt County and a food bank in Hayden.

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