Mentors and buddies dressed in costumes flooded the Village on Monday night as Auburn Panhellenic hosted the Best Buddies program for a night of Trick or Treating.
Members of the Best Buddies program visited each sorority to Trick or Treat while a Halloween party was held in Alpha Gamma Delta’s and Kappa Alpha Theta’s chapter rooms.
Best Buddies and Auburn Panhellenic have partnered for several years to put on this event. Best Buddies President Dustin Chavers said a lot of work goes into the event so they start planning early, “We started in a long time ago, in August. We have to get it cleared with Panhellenic and that this date is good and works with all the sororities.”
Each sorority has a table set up outside of their chapter room where a few members sit and pass out candy. Some sororities decorated the front of their chapter rooms and dressed up in costumes.
Many participants said seeing the buddies have fun was the best part of the event. Alpha Omicron Pi sorority member Bonnie Decarlo said “My favorite part is getting to meet all of the buddies. Alpha Omicron Pi has a lot of people in Best Buddies so we love when they stop by and we get to meet and talk to their buddies.”
About 150 college members and 80 buddies are a part of the program this year with most present at the Trick or Treating event. All the sororities had several members present to hand out candy and chat with the buddies.
“This is a lot of our officers' favorite event, they really enjoy it because it really embodies the message of inclusion we have with Best Buddies.” Chavers said, “It's like a silly event where everyone dresses up and gets to have a good time. It helps create a better sense of community among us because we’re all just being kids today.”
Mentors of the Best Buddies Program aren’t the only ones that appreciate this event, buddies look forward to this event every year. Buddy Jeffery Burns has participated for several years and said he loves it.