Home > Beth Martin > The Community Convenes: 7th Annual Safe & Green Halloween
In the big city of San José, with nearly a million residents, we think it’s important to slow down and connect on a human and neighborhood level. This year CommUniverCity celebrated its seventh year organizing Safe & Green Halloween, an event created to bring residents of Central San José together by teaching our young people that sustainability and safety can go hand-in-hand during the Halloween season. On October 25th, we welcomed over 800 K-5th grade students dressed in Halloween costumes (plus their parents and families) and over 20 different community organizations and San José State University student groups.
One resident, Dario Lerma, who pitched in to set up at McKinley Elementary, testified at the end of the event that this was the best Safe & Green yet and contended: “If I were a professor, I would give this event an A+.” A parent of McKinley Elementary, Erika Borja, reported with a smile that, “Tan pronto se terminó evento, mi hijo me preguntó que cuando iba a ser el siguiente Safe & Green.” That is, “As soon as the event ended, my son asked me to tell him when the next Safe and Green would be.”
What makes this event one of our favorites of Fall and a true embodiment of community building is the group effort and ownership by residents, university students and community partners. Below is a slideshow highlighting some of the gems of this event:
Donna E. Lopez, 6 years of age, won the "Overall" best costume for the upcycled costume contest at this year's Safe & Green Halloween. Photo Credit: Dayana Salazar.
Cindy Chavez, County Supervisor, leads students in a Sustainability Pledge to get them to think of safety and sustainability during the Halloween season. Photo Credit: Peter Lee.
Paul Gonzalez offers his face painting expertise to student attendees as part of San Jose's "Clean Creeks, Safe Communities" table. Photo Credit: Beth Martin
Two attendees spin the wheel to play trivia at the Silicon Valley Bicycle Coalition's table. Photo Credit: Beth Martin
The San Jose State University Community Service Rangers spearheaded this pumpkin painting activity for attendees. Photo Credit: Beth Martin
The San Jose Police and Fire department provide information on safety to Safe & Green students. Photo Credit: Beth Martin
This event took place behind McKinley Elementary school and transformed the area into a "Halloween Village." Photo Credit: Beth Martin
Frankie Jordan, 6 years of age, won the most original category in Safe & Greens upcycled costume contest with his tank costume. Photo Credit: Dayana Salazar
SJSU at Safe & Green
San Jose State University students encouraged participants to think about sustainability with this hand-painted game. Photo Credit: Beth Martin
The Health Trust welcomed attendees to their table to learn more information about their work. Photo Credit: Beth Martin