All dressed up for last year's Project Pumpkin event.A Northwestern University student group plans to host more than 1,000 children at a Project Pumpkin trick-or-treat session at NU’s Norris University Center Thursday.

The free event is open to the public and NU faculty and staff are encouraged to bring their children. Project Pumpkin fliers have also been distributed at Evanston/Skokie School District 65 schools.

The event runs from 4 to 7 p.m. at the Norris Center, 1999 Campus Drive.

The Northwestern Community Development Corps, the student group organizing the event, has also invited children involved with after-school programs at local community centers to participate.

Children aged 4 to 12 will participate in a variety of activities, including braving the Haunted House, playing games and working on crafts. Student volunteers from nearly 50 student groups, on-campus residences and Greek organizations host activity booths, wear costumes and chaperone the youngsters around Norris.

Project Pumpkin was introduced in the late 1980s, and it continues to grow every year. It stands as one of the largest student-run community service projects at Northwestern.

Above: All dressed up for last year’s Project Pumpkin event.

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