There will be a lot of Halloween parties and celebrations taking place across Guilford County over the next two weeks but there will be one very special event put on by High Point University (HPU) students – the Special Populations Halloween Dance and Trunk or Treat.

The three-in-one event will be a chance for those with disabilities – along with their friends and families –  to dress in their favorite Halloween costumes, play games and enjoy a community dance.

The event is being sponsored by High Point University’s student chapter of the Council for Exceptional Children as well as by the High Point Parks and Recreation Department’s ASPIRE program.

The fun will get started on Tuesday, Oct. 24 at 6 p.m. at Miracle League of High Point, located at 2917 School Park Road.

HPU students and the City of High Point have a long tradition of hosting a Special Populations Halloween Dance each October, and those events – a party, dance and candy give away rolled into one – are always popular.

HPU students say the attendees always look forward to seeing each other and partying together.

HPU students also usually also host a party for Christmas and Valentine’s Day for those with special needs.

High Point University’s student chapter of the Council for Exceptional Children is very active in other ways throughout the year as well, but this Halloween dance is one of the main events each year.

This time around, as usual, student volunteers will be at the Miracle League of High Point to participate in the dance, give out candy during Trunk or Treat and lead the festivities.

The costumes always prove to be creative as they did last year, when a group of trick-or-treaters came dressed as the characters from “Scooby-Doo.” (See photo above.)