Patrol Returns With UND Students Providing A Safe Halloween For Trick-or-treaters

Ghosts, goblins and witches will mix with fairy princesses, cowboys and superheroes as Wednesday’s annual ritual that is Halloween gets underway.

And for the third year in a row, the University of North Dakota Student Government office is joining with the city to make trick-or-treating a lot safer for the little monsters of Grand Forks.

This Halloween, 5 p.m.-9 p.m., UND student volunteers, coordinated by Student Government, will be out in force in local neighborhoods that have high concentrations of trick-or-treaters as part of the “Monster Patrol” program. The UND students will promote safety by directing traffic and helping costumed youngsters cross intersections and navigate through dimly lit areas.

Kylene Fitzsimmons, with UND Student Government, said Monster Patrol started in 2010 as a way for  UND students to be a good influence in community and to create and strengthen relationships between students and the City of Grand Forks and the Grand Forks Police Department.

Pete Haga, city of Grand Forks community/government relations officer, said the idea for Monster Patrol stemmed from UND Student Government conversations with city leaders on how continue to build meaningful relationships between the campus and the community.

“We are very  excited to see Monster Patrol up and running again this year,”  Haga said. “One of the best ways to build a true bond with someone is to demonstrate an appreciation for what they value. Monster Patrol is a clear action by UND students they value the safety of children and we can’t think of anything of greater importance in our community than safety of our children. This resonates with the community.”

Haga added that Monster Patrol also provides a great opportunity of students and nonstudents of the community to interact, as parents and students have the chance to chat while the kids are collecting their sugary loot.

“Student Government does a very good job of representing the student body in many ways,” Haga said. “Relationships and programs are just a few of the ways they demonstrate how valuable it is to have UND students as Grand Forks residents.”

How to get involved:

Anyone who wants to volunteer can sign up in the UND Student Government office in the Memorial Union from 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m., weekdays.

Volunteers are asked to report to the Student Government office by 4:30 p.m. on Oct. 31.