Area kids treated to Sorority Row, Zoo events

Dressed in a wizard costume Andrew Pace, 9, looks over a bowl of lollipops as Chi Omega sorority sisters, from left, Lindsey Paolucci, Nikki Weber, Risa Polansky, Allie Steele, Cynthia Joseph and Joni Boggs offer Pace a lollipop during Ghouls, Goblins and Greeks Thursday evening on sorority row.

Doug Finger/The Gainesville Sun
Published: Friday, November 1, 2002 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Friday, November 1, 2002 at 12:42 a.m.
Fairies, unicorns, angels, Tigger and Winnie the Pooh could be seen running around Halloween events in the Gainesville area Thursday night.
Santa Fe Community College's eighth annual "Boo-at-the-Zoo" and the University of Florida Junior Panhellenic Council's "Ghouls, Goblins and Greeks" helped create a safe, fun-filled, family environment for children and parents celebrating Halloween.
Many other kids, of course, darted from house to house in their neighborhoods collecting treats.
Children of all ages were able to walk up and down Sorority Row, East and West Panhellenic Drive, and play games at each sorority house for prizes and candy during the "Ghouls, Goblins and Greeks" celebration.
"Basically, we want to provide a safe place for children to go trick-or-treating," said Ashley Gomberg, director of the event. "It's something good we do for the community and for the children."
All 16 sororities at UF participated. Each house had a different theme and activity.
The women of Alpha Delta Pi had a "Harry Potter, Hogwart's School of Wizardry" theme that made many children's eyes light up with excitement.
"We thought this theme was appropriate for children of all ages, and it's so popular right now," said Jillian Hussin, social chairwoman for the event.
Bill Lavery said he took his 3-year-old son, B. J., who was dressed as Harry Potter, down Sorority Row because "pretty much anywhere on campus is safe."
Some of the other sorority houses had themes like "Candyland," "Peter Pan" and "Under the Sea."
SFCC's "Boo-at-the-Zoo" Halloween celebration had crowds that reached about 5,800 people last year. This year, crowds of people were already trying to cram into the zoo as early as 3 p.m.
"It just gets bigger and better every year," said Jack Brown, SFCC Zoo director.
Children walked through the decorated zoo, and were given candy from zoo workers dressed in costumes.
"We made it (the zoo) a safe and spooky place, but not too spooky," Brown said. "We don't want to scare the daylights out of the kids."
The canned goods collected for admission to the "Boo-at-the-Zoo" event will go to The Salvation Army and church organizations.

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