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Trick-or-Treating on the Lawn

Trick-or-Treating on the Lawn is cancelled for 2021.

Following guidance from our public health experts, and in an effort to reduce potential risk to children in the community who cannot yet be vaccinated for COVID, Trick or Treating on the Lawn will not take place this year. The University’s public health advisers believe bringing so many unvaccinated children together would risk spreading the virus in our community and the surrounding area. This is disappointing news, but we must put the health of the Charlottesville community, particularly children who cannot yet get vaccinated, first.

In lieu of the traditional event, the University is developing a number of alternative ways for students to celebrate and support the local community:

  • The Great Rotumpkin
    Halloween Projection Mapping by local artist Jeff Dobrow
    October 29-31, 7-11 p.m.

    Projection mapping plays with the evolving, fluid relationship between technology & art to produce interactive, immersive, and involving experiences. This show offers students and community members a way to experience art with one another while being safe during the COVID-19 Pandemic. The energetic pop-up projections blend UVA’s prominent architecture with colorful lights and music in hopes of providing an uplifting, joyful, impactful, and engaging encounter that will leave you with a bit of wonder, curiosity, and maybe a new shared experience or memory to draw from.
  • The UVA community will be invited to participate in a virtual Halloween costume contest. Guest judges will select winners in a few categories, including “Most Creative” and “Most UVA School Spirited,” and there will be prizes. Information about how to get involved will be forthcoming.
  • The University is also working with several community partners to arrange donations of funds and candy to support local children. Interested students and student groups can make donations online.
  • UVA is also inviting students who are interested in assembling treat bags to email