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Trick-or-Treating on the Lawn

A longtime tradition established by students in the late 1980s, Trick-or-Treating on the Lawn is not only a highly anticipated event for the University each year, it is also open to and eagerly awaited by children and families from the local community.

This year's event will be held on Friday, November 1 from 5:00-7:00 p.m.
UPDATE: We’ve decided to reschedule Trick-or-Treating on the Lawn for Friday, November 1, from 5:00-7:00 p.m., due to the increasing risk in the last day for possible severe thunderstorms on October 31.
Trick-or-Treating on the Lawn 2019 Facebook event

Lawn residents and members of student organizations are stationed in each of the 54 Lawn rooms as well as the West Range to give out treats. All candy is donated and distributed by approximately 70 student groups and other organizations.

In addition, books will be handed out in Lawn rooms 13, 16, 33, 52, 53, and Pavilion II.

For any child or adult with sensory sensitivities, sensory-friendly spaces will be available during the event in Lawn rooms 10 and 27. For more information, please email

Free parking for families attending the event will be available from 3:30 p.m. at the University Hall and John Paul Jones Arena lots ( Starting at 4:00 p.m., guests may also park for free in the Arts Grounds garage on Culbreth Road. Paid hourly parking will be available in the Central Grounds Parking Garage on Emmet Street.

Hosted by Lawn and West Range residents and co-sponsored by Housing & Residence Life, the event receives additional support from the offices of Safety and Emergency Preparedness, Facilities Management, Parking & Transportation, and the University Police Department.