ELKHART — Teachers and staff at Mary Beck Elementary School helped the students get into the Halloween spirit after school on Tuesday.

The school held its second annual reverse trick or treating event in which about a dozen staff members dressed up in Halloween costumes and passed candy out to students and their parents as they left the school building.

Afterward, teachers also walked groups of students’ home and delivered candy to their doors.

While the event’s objective was to excite the students for Halloween, it was also an opportunity for staff to build relationships with the students and their families, said Mary Beck Principal Tracey Kizyma.

“It brings a smile to people’s face as they see adults dressed up in costumes and walking kids home,” said Kizyma, who was dressed as an inflatable dinosaur. “Last year everyone had fun with the event. We got to be silly, laugh and the kids actually love it when we walk them home.”

Many of the students said the event was a perfect way to end the school day.

Aside from getting candy, Kevone Burns, fifth-grader, said he enjoyed the opportunity to get to bond with his teacher while walking home.

“We get to know each other better and understand each other’s personalities,” he said.

Angela Barios, fifth-grader, echoed those sentiments, adding that she enjoys walking with someone different.

“It’s fun walking home with a teacher,” she said.

Fifth-grader Ashley Reyes said she likes getting candy and seeing her teachers dressed up in costume.

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