With just a day before Halloween, little princesses and bumblebees from the Richmond area came to campus — in full costume — for the 12th annual Trick or Treat Street celebration.

Featuring activities including an oversized moon bounce, an inflatable 18-foot slide, a haunted house and pumpkin painting, Trick or Treat Street caters to children aged two to eight.

In the area in front of Old Fraternity Row, student organizations hosted stations with activities such as face painting, a ring toss, s'more toasting, and musical chairs. Proceeds from the festival were donated to the family of 5-year-old Cole Hafer of Richmond, who is in need of a liver transplant.

"My hope is students and kids have fun and that they're able to interact," said Katie Der, '11, one of two vice presidents for Trick or Treat Street. "I hope this becomes an event that students and the community can look forward to."

The committee started planning last spring, organizing vendors, finding ways to improve the event, and soliciting participation from student organizations to make it more of a campus-wide event.

Trick or Treat Street was originally started by the University's Greek life as a philanthropic event. It has expanded to include a variety of campus organizations, including Peer Advisors and Mentors, Omicron Delta Kappa, Asian Student Union, and both college government associations.

"TOTS has become a unifying event for not only Greek life but for student organizations as a University community, with over 30 organizations participating this year," said Alison Bartel Keller, associate director of student activities.

Whitney Phelps, '13, a first-time participant, volunteered at the Lambda Chi Alpha lodge's shipwreck, which included coloring, Simon Says, and a ball toss. Phelps enjoyed seeing the children's creative costumes and thought Trick or Treat Street was a great event for the Richmond community.

As in the past, faculty and staff at Richmond were invited to attend, along with community members. This year, the University extended invitations to community partners, including students from Church Hill Activities and Tutoring and families from Safe Harbor, Henrico County's domestic violence shelter.

Trick or Treat Street was sponsored by on-campus donors, the student development office, the Richmond College and Westhampton College student government associations, and the Student Programming and Events Council.