Friday, Oct. 13, 2023 was a spooktacular night at Ivy Tech Community College Fort Wayne. More than 1500 local children and their families brought out their costumes early at our first Halloween Fall Fest. It was an incredible night filled with laughs, candy, and amazing costumes. Take a look at our photo gallery below for some highlights!
The college typically hosts a trunk-or-treat, but this year, the Student Life Office and Campus Activities Board wanted to serve the community in a new way.
Friday night, Coliseum Campus (3800 N. Anthony Blvd.) was transformed into a family-friendly trick-or-treat trail. Free activities included a magic show performed by magician, Tyler Korso, caricature artists, photo booths, crafts, outdoor rides, and so much more. Food trucks including Ziffles, King Arthur’s Trolley, and Whip & Chill had food available for purchase.
“’Community’ is in our name, and the Student Life office strives to plan large-scale events, like Halloween Fall Fest, where students, faculty, and staff connect with the community, as part of Ivy Tech’s mission,” says Cari Knuth, Interim Director of Student Life. “The response was better than anything we could’ve asked for. We simply wanted to provide individuals and families in Fort Wayne a safe space to come together and have fun. Seeing the joy and excitement in the kids’ faces made all of our hard work worth it.”
18 treat stations were set up throughout the building, and attendees could vote for their favorite. The winning station was “Apothecary” run by the Campus Activities Board. Knuth says besides the success of the trail, the magician show was a packed house, and the caricature artists didn’t stop drawing the entire night.
The event was made possible by efforts of Knuth, her team in Student Life, and the Campus Activities Board. Along with that, more than 60 Ivy Tech students, faculty, and staff volunteered their Friday night to help make the night a success.
We simply wanted to provide individuals and families in Fort Wayne a safe space to come together and have fun. Seeing the joy and excitement in the kids’ faces made all of our hard work worth it.
– Cari Knuth | Interim Director of Student Life
About Ivy Tech Community College
Ivy Tech Community College is Indiana's largest public postsecondary institution and the nation's largest singly accredited statewide community college system, accredited by the Higher Learning Commission. Ivy Tech has campuses throughout Indiana and also serves thousands of students annually online. It serves as the state's engine of workforce development, offering associate degrees, long- and short-term certificate programs, industry certifications, and training that aligns with the needs of the community. The College provides a seamless transfer to other colleges and universities in Indiana, as well as out of state, for a more affordable route to a bachelor's degree.