Meredith College students and faculty hosted a Halloween celebration at the College’s Meredith in Italy location and shared American traditions with the Sansepolcro community.
While celebrating Halloween is a relatively recent trend in Italy, the elementary-age children in the schools where Meredith students do service learning have wholeheartedly adopted it after grilling Meredith College students about how the holiday is done in the U.S. On October 31, the second floor of the Palazzo was transformed into a friendly Halloween house dripping with cobwebs and filled with games, projects, face painting and genuine American Halloween treats.
“The invitation to the annual Meredith College Halloween party said 5:30-7 p.m., but by 5:15 little supermen, vampires, fairies and other fantastic creatures were already gathering at the massive wooden front doors of the Palazzo Alberti,” said Professor Emerita Rebecca Bailey. “The Halloween party has become a ‘hot ticket,’ running neck- and- neck in popularity with the traditional Thanksgiving Dinner that Meredith hosts to thank the many Sansepolcrans who are so supportive of the College and our students.”
Meredith College has been part of the Sansepolcro community for more than 20 years. Students contribute to this legacy through service-learning projects in local elementary schools and regular dinners with host families, some of whom have been hosting Meredith students for more than 15 years.