November 12, 2018

Photo gallery: Surrey campus welcomes 500 trick-or-treaters

On October 31, 2018, some 500 elementary school children from kindergarten to Grade 7 descended upon SFU’s Surrey campus in frightening, funny and imaginative Halloween costumes for a morning of guided tours and, most importantly, candy.

Rachel Nelson, associate director, partnerships and programs, in the Office of External Relations in Surrey, explained that the annual event is designed to familiarize the children with a university environment: “Through this initiative we hope to contribute to reducing perceived barriers that children may have to post-secondary education by bringing them on campus for a positive and engaging experience at an early age.”

Some of the children will no doubt be back as students a few years from now—although we’re not sure they will be recognizable without their masks and costumes!

“I would like to thank you very much for organizing the Halloween Trick or Treating event once again. As always, the students had a lot of fun. Plus I was able to give them a glance of where they could study after high school, and what a university campus looks like from the inside (as opposed to from down below on the shopping level).” – Visiting teacher

“We had a great time yesterday. We participate in the SFU Trick or Treating so our students become exposed to higher learning in a friendly and local environment. It is important for our students to see that this level of education is accessible and available in their backyard. Each department we visit helps open the eyes of our students to the diverse opportunities SFU Surrey can offer them when they graduate high school.” – Visiting teacher

“My class had a great time. It was very well organized and ran super smoothly. They especially loved the liquid nitrogen experiment, the robotic ninja turtle screen, and the Harry Potter room. I really liked that this year, the experiment and the ninja turtle helped to show them what they could experience if they choose to go to SFU … There was huge discussion among my students this year about wanting to go to SFU when they finish high school.” – Visiting teacher