Lawrence community invited to KU’s second annual Trunk or Treat

Posted on Oct 11, 2018 in Campus News and News

Trunk or Treat at the University of Kansas
The University of Kansas Student Involvement & Leadership Center, Student Alumni Network and Center for Community Outreach will host KU’s second annual Trunk or Treat from 6 to 8 p.m. Oct. 26 in the Adams Alumni Center parking lot, 1266 Oread Ave. on the Lawrence campus. Admission is free.

The family-friendly event features decorated trunks and candy stations for community members and their children to trick-or-trick in a safe and fun environment. Other activities include pumpkin painting, photos with Baby Jay, games and a contest for Best Halloween Costume. The event is sponsored by Hy-Vee grocery stores, with two locations in Lawrence, and is supported by Kansas Athletics.

Families are encouraged to bring a donation for the KU Fights Hunger food drive, which collects nonperishable food items for Just Food of Douglas County. Items of greatest need include canned protein, beans, whole-grain cereals, pasta and nuts.

For more information, contact Erin Kelly, SILC student engagement graduate assistant, at 785-864-9177 or Or, contact Keon Stowers, KUAA assistant director of student programs, at 785-864-4795 or

Trunk or Treat

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Beak-a-boo: No tricks, just treats

Posted on Oct 26, 2017 in Campus News and News

Halloween pumpkins

Just for Jayhawks

Halloween is fast approaching, and we have some treats—mostly the sugar-free kind— for our favorite Jayhawks! Read on to find out about a new community event the Student Alumni Network will co-host this week. And, we have some updated printables to help make your holiday prep a little easier!

Trunk or Treat

The origin of these popular events is a mystery, but what’s not to love: less walking for the little ones and a safer environment for trick-or-treaters. KU student groups will decorate the trunks of cars parked in the Adams Alumni Center lot. Parents are invited to bring their kids to go from car to car to ask for candy.

Trunk or Treat takes place Friday, Oct. 27, from 6-8 p.m. Activities include pumpkin painting, games and a contest for best costume. And, Baby Jay will be available for photo opportunities!

As part of this event, we’re encouraging people to bring food donations for Just Food as part of the KU Food Drive. Most-needed items include canned proteins, beans, whole grain cereals, pasta and nuts.

Don’t let the cold weather forecast or the parking situation scare you off—plenty of indoor activities will be available! And, free parking will be available in the parking garage across the street.

Top your treats

Beak-A-Boo Halloween Treat Bag ToppersAdd some Jayhawk spirit to your Halloween treats with our printable bag toppers. Our designers created a new version this year since our original one was so popular.

Download the printable PDF, print as many as you need, and then cut, fold and staple onto your bag. They’re great for class parties or office treats!

Download Rock Chalk K-Boo Treat Toppers

Download Beak-A-Boo Treat Toppers

Rock (Chalk) your mask

Rock Chalk Halloween Jayhawk MaskAnd finally, for those of you who wait until the last minute to find a costume, don’t worry. We’ve got you covered.

Print our Jayhawk mask, cut it out, tie some string to the sides, and secure it to your head. That’s it.

We’d love to see a picture of you, your kids, or even your pet wearing our Jayhawk mask!

Download and print Jayhawk mask

Find more printables, craft ideas, and downloads for all seasons on our Just for Fun page. And, we still love our Halloween poem from 2014.

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A scary Homecoming coincidence

Posted on Oct 29, 2015 in Campus News and News

The Lion, Tinman and the Scarecrow make their way down the parade route.

Last week we shared a post to address a frequently asked question we’ve received from alumni lately, namely What’s the deal with Homecoming on Halloween? The post included a seemingly random photo, probably pulled from the archives or scanned from a Jayhawker yearbook, depicting what we assumed was surely a previous Homecoming parade on Halloween.

Well, what we assumed to be an anonymous pic turned out to be a real find for the alumni pictured. Sarah Sneed Malone, j’91, contacted us the very next day, identifying herself as the Scarecrow and Deryck Malone, b’91, as the Tin Man. That’s right, you guessed it: they walked the yellow brick road all the way down the aisle and lived happily ever after. We’ll let Sarah tell the story.

I just had to drop a line and let you know that a story (or photo to be exact) on the Alumni Association website made my day. I received an email from a friend with the following link and started to laugh. My first thought was “where did they pull up that old relic of a photo?!?”

The photo is from the Homecoming Parade from 1988 or 89 (I think). I am the scarecrow, and my boyfriend at the time is the tin man. Ironically, the scarecrow & the tin man are now married and we just celebrated our 22nd anniversary in September. We’re also both Alumni Association members as well as season ticket holders for both football & basketball. Anyway, I just wanted to let you know that you gave us a good laugh and trip down memory lane.
Sarah Sneed Malone and Deryck Malone's wedding in September, 1993.

Unfortunately, neither Sarah nor Deryck could identify the cowardly lion, but another alumnus provided additional details and helped us pin down the date. Matt Hickam, c’89, contacted us with the following.

I know a little about the photo. It is from October 31, 1987. Tau Kappa Epsilon fraternity (my fraternity) and Alpha Chi Omega sorority teamed up to make a float that year with a Wizard of Oz theme. The float had the Emerald City on it (made out of cardboard tubes), a poorly constructed witch and a yellow brick road with a Jayhawk, naturally.

He added one final note that still haunts us.

Coincidentally, the Jayhawk football team played Oklahoma that year on Halloween. Oklahoma won 71-10.

Here’s hoping for a great game this year and a wonderful Homecoming weekend for all alumni as we celebrate the “Ghosts of Jayhawks Past!” Visit for a full schedule of activities.

–David JohnstonDeryck and Sarah Malone at the KU vs. Texas Tech football game, Oct. 17, 2015

The middle and bottom photos were provided by Sarah Malone. The middle photo is from her wedding. The bottom photo was taken at Memorial Stadium on Oct. 17, when the Jayhawks faced Texas Tech.

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Students celebrate Hawksoween on Wescoe Beach

Posted on Oct 31, 2014 in Campus News and News

The Student Alumni Association wished the students of KU a happy Halloween early Friday morning with a Hawksoween celebration. SALB members served over 400 cups of coffee and cider. It was a chilly Halloween, so the coffee and cider was quite literally a hot commodity! Hawksoween happens each year on Wescoe Beach and it is something KU students look forward to.

Student Alumni Association Hawksoween

Student Alumni Association Hawksoween

—Autrin Naderi, vice president of communications, Student Alumni Leadership Board

Student Alumni AssociationThe Student Alumni Association (SAA) is a level of membership in the KU Alumni Association especially for current students. Throughout a student’s years at KU, SAA provides numerous benefits and opportunities. Members also get to meet Jayhawk alumni, friends and faculty–birds of distinction who will share proud traditions and provide a network of mentors to support you. Join today!

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Dark Knight delights kids of all ages

Posted on Oct 30, 2014 in Campus News and News

Jim Sauer as Batman via

In anticipation of Halloween, we searched for some (super?) alumni who love to dress up and really get into the holiday. Perhaps none so convincingly as Jim Sauer, d’80. “My family has said I have taken this too far,” he admits, “but they get a kick out of it.”

KU Swimmer Jim Sauer via kualumni.orgThe former KU swimming captain and Big 8 champion still swims competitively in Austin. Now swimming for Longhorn Aquatics, he’s an age group record holder and nine-time All-American as a masters swimmer and stays in great shape.

As a result, the suit fits.

But besides pulling off the Batman look, Sauer simply enjoys the looks he receives when kids see him in costume.

“A kid came to my daughter’s house recently selling cub scout popcorn, and he asked after his popcorn speech if this was the house Batman comes to for Halloween. When my daughter said yes, he was very excited and said he was coming with all his friends to see Batman!”

“I love to make kids, moms and dads smile when they see me in my costume —everyone loves to get their pic taken!”

Sauer was kind enough to answer a few questions for us about his not-so-secret identity.

1. How did you start appearing as “the bat man?”
Always been a dream of mine to get an authentic Batman suit, in fact my family laughed as they said “Dad you have been talking about this for years but you never do it,” so last year, at the urging of some friends who were putting on a superhero Halloween party, I decided it was time…plus I knew my two grandkids would love it and love to go trick-or-treating with Batman.

2. Where do you appear, and how often?
I love to suit up any time I get the chance, so this year I have done quite a few kid birthday parties for friends, appeared at a charity SuperHero run and will of course suit up for Halloween with the grandkids.

3. Your costume looks pretty authentic… is it??
I decided if I was going to do this, I would do it right! So I researched costumes on the net and found a costume designer in L.A. that makes very realistic Batman costumes.  You basically buy the costume in parts, the facade, cowl,  cape, gloves, gauntlets, under suit belt. I bought facade, belt, cowl, and cape from this designer and then purchased the other parts on eBay.  The costume is very authentic and is one that is more for walking around and taking pictures.

4. What’s your most memorable moment appearing as the caped crusader?
At a recent Charity Superhero Run they had a Batmobile, and I stood by the Batmobile for over 2 hours posing for pictures with kids, adults, dogs…. you name it. I posed with everyone. I also volunteer at CASA, and I am a Guardian Ad-Litem for two kids.

5. Your favorite Batman actor?
The original, of course: Michael Keaton. He is still the best Batman, with Christian Bale second.

We think Sauer could give those actors a run for their money, especially if Batman ever needed to make a water rescue! Happy Halloween, Jayhawks!

– David Johnston

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