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Halloween fun in the halls of UMD

Alexandra Stoeke, 5, dressed as Belle, digs for a piece of candy from UMD freshman Amanda Delander.1 / 10
Brayden Miller and Ben Blazevic-Seibert, dressed up as two BB-8s, a droid character from “Star Wars: The Force Awakens,” dab together. 2 / 10
Keaira Wills, 6, and Ellianna Weir, 8, walk through Griggs Hall collecting candy, dressed as Cleopatra and a witch. 3 / 10
UMD football player Nate Pearson dressed as a piece of bacon and directed people to good candy spots in the M section of Griggs Hall. “We weren’t getting many kids in my room, so I thought I’d help attract people here,” Pearson said.4 / 10
Kyla Wright, 5, peels the back off a foam alphabet sticker to add to her project at one of the crafting stations during Haunted Halls at UMD. “It’s an alien!” she said.5 / 10
Students created hand drawn artwork centered on the theme of “Zootopia” to decorate the dormitory halls. 6 / 10
Gwyn Morgenstern, Serena Miller and Alison Rimolde dressed as an evil prom queen, a peacock and a fairy, respectively.7 / 10
Attendees received a listing of rooms participating in Haunted Halls and could also choose to follow a guide around the buildings. An estimated 2,000 people attended Haunted Halls last year and as many were expected to return this year. 8 / 10
The freshman on the second floor of Ianni Hall dressed up together. From left to right, Katie Andersen, Kellsey Clark, Marina Reese, Bella Maki, Bethany Westerberg and, crouched, Katie Oltz.9 / 10
Costumes ranged from adorable to chilling.10 / 10

Princesses, Star Wars characters, witches and scientists trick-or-treated through the residence halls of the University of Minnesota Duluth on Tuesday, Oct. 25 for the 21st annual Haunted Halls event. Over 2,000 children and parents were expected to venture along the five open dormitories this year.

The event was free and open to the public. In addition to trick or treating, UMD students provided food, craft and carnival stations inspired by this year's "Zootopia" theme.

The event is organized entirely by students, who say they're using their living space as a way to get to know the Duluth community better.

"I like how Haunted Halls creates a connection between the community and college students," said Idun Rasmussen, resident advisor. "It helps decrease certain stereotypes about us."

"It's really fun to see all the little kids dressed up in costumes," said Amanda Delander, a freshmen in Griggs Hall. "It makes it feel like it's really Halloween again."

UMD residence hall staff members asked families to bring a monetary donation which this year will go to support Animal Allies Humane Society.

Teri Cadeau

Teri Cadeau is a reporter for the Budgeteer.

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