UNIVERSITY PARK — Though Halloween is a little more than a week away, children and their families spent part of Tuesday night trick-or-treating.
On Tuesday night, the Penn State All-Sports Museum hosted its fifth annual Trick or Treat Night, which allowed participants to tour the museum while celebrating Halloween traditions with student athletes.
Members of Penn State sports teams were stationed in the section of the museum dedicated to their sport. As visitors circled the museum, athletes like hockey players Dave Thompson, Ricky DeRosa and Eamon McAdam handed out treats. Around the corner, the men’s basketball did the same while posing for photos with fans.
“This is a special day for the kids,” said senior basketball player Allen Roberts. “They support us and this shows how we can support the community and hang out with them outside of our jerseys."
Seven-year-old Jarrid Trinket said he was in “Halloween heaven.”
“I love trick-or-treating and I love Penn State,” he said as he emphasized the word love. “It’s like Halloween heaven. It’s so cool to see these guys.”
Jarrid was dressed like a pirate, while hundreds of others were dressed in a variety of costumes that included Disney characters, superheroes, Penn State athletes and more.
Charli Adams, a mother of two, also dressed up as a pirate as she escorted her two children through the museum. Casey Adams, 4, was dressed as Cinderella and little sister Marlee Adams, 3, was a miniature Superwoman.
“You’re never too old to dress up,” Adams said. “But this is a nice way to have some bonding with the kids, get a little silly with them and allows them to see the people who are these local heroes.”
About 1,000 people were in attendance Tuesday night, said Aimee Brown-Shadduck, program and education coordinator at the museum.
“It’s a great way to bring the community out and interact with the athletes off the field and off the court,” she said.
The athletes said this is the kind of event that allows them to show their character off the field.
“We get so much support from the community that this is our way of giving back,” Thompson said.
“It’s a great way to build community with such a new program,” DeRosa added.
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