Pittsburg area parents and their kids participated in a long-standing Pittsburg State University tradition Thursday evening; they went to the annual safe trick-or-treat event at the Overman Student Center.

Pittsburg area parents and their kids participated in a long-standing Pittsburg State University tradition Thursday evening; they went to the annual safe trick-or-treat event at the Overman Student Center.

Student groups hosted games at different tables in the Crimson and Gold Ballroom, the Panhellenic Council built a haunted house and members of the Residence Hall Assembly took families trick-or-treating in the southern dormitories.

“It’s just a place for kids to come and trick-or-treat safely,” said William Rhodes, campus stew chair for the Student Activities Council.

This year there were 21 student organizations at the event, each dressed in different costumes. Later on in the event, kids participated in a pumpkin painting contest and a costume contest.

“It’s something fun that we do every year,” Rhodes said.

Robin Wegner and her husband, Gary, brought their three-year-old son, Jacob, who was dressed as Harry Potter. Jacob clearly was enjoying himself as he played a game of toss to win candy.

“We came last year and he had a good time, so we figured we’d come back this year,” Robin said. “He likes it here.”

Wegner said she appreciates the university’s effort to provide an alternative to outdoor trick-or-treating.

“I love that we don’t have to go house to house,” Wegner said. “The kids can come here and play and do all kinds of stuff. It’s really nice.”

Robert Hardrick’s three children, Jaquan, 6, who was dressed as a werewolf, five-year-old Andre, who was Batman, and Sayira, 4, who went as the Good Witch, also clearly were having a good time.

“It’s great to get the kids out,” Hardrick said. “They wanted to wear their costumes, and they’ll get to try them on early. It gives them a chance to get out and have fun and do things kids like to do.”