While Halloween traditions both young and old endure at Carleton, one tradition has quietly grown into the culture of the College near the end of October every year: giving back to the Northfield community.
While the long-standing tradition of Musser Hall residents hosting local trick-or-treaters is well known, the Carleton athletic department’s “Halloween Knight” continues to grow in popularity, with upwards of 700 children taking part in the 13th annual event, according to head volleyball coach and associate athletic director Heidi Jaynes.
“We hear such positive feedback from those in attendance,” Jaynes said. “People say ‘All of the student-athletes were so great with the kids and have created such fun activities––you should be proud of your student-athletes,’ and we are.” All of Carleton’s varsity athletic teams participated in the event, which was held at the Carleton Recreation Center for the second straight year after previously being held at West Gym.
Another event that supports the Northfield community is Carleton’s Mortar Board chapter’s gathering of non-perishable items for the Northfield Community Action Center food pantry. Now in its seventh year, this year’s effort netted more than 2,000 items for the food shelf, which supports upwards of 475 local families monthly. Carleton’s Mortar Board Honor Society is part of a 93-year-old national honor society that recognizes college seniors for their achievements in scholarship, leadership, and service. Mortar Board provides opportunities for continued leadership development, promotes service to colleges and universities, and encourages lifelong contributions to the global community.