The Corps of Cadets has many time-honored traditions. One such tradition will take place this afternoon on the Upper Quad. Stick or Treat occurs every year on Halloween, and will take place this year on Wednesday in order to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Skipper.
Traditionally for Stick or Treat, cadets hold a formation on the Upper Quad in Halloween costumes. Freshmen in each company coordinate to come up with matching costume ideas that are judged by the Deputy Commandants. Previous years have featured European knights, lumberjacks, Waldos and video game characters, among others.
After the formation, cadets return to their dorms and the trick or treating commences. Upperclassmen get one free pass at each freshman’s room on their hallway. After that, they must complete challenges in order to get more candy, which can range from eating unusual foods to performing humorous tasks.
“Last year, we let the upperclassmen choose between eating a jalapeno or a packet of wet cat food to get extra candy,” said Anthony Carella, a sophomore in the Corps. Another sophomore, Catherine Burgin, had several cadets walk like ducks and quack down the hallway to get an extra handful.
According to Peter Nettekoven, this semester’s Regimental Commander, “Stick or Treat is a great tradition that allows cadets to celebrate Halloween while promoting unity and pride in the regiment.”
The origin of Stick or Treat in the Corps remains a mystery, as no documents discussing it directly are in the archives or special collections. It is believed that Stick or Treat has been around since at least the early twentieth century, when sophomores would take part in Sophomore Nights, where each class tried to pull off pranks that were better than the year before. Sophomore Nights occurred the in the days leading up to Halloween, which is why it is commonly believed Stick or Treat has been around since then.
Cadets will start arriving on the Upper Quad at 4:45 p.m., and the formation will start at 5 p.m. All are welcome to attend the formation, but may only enter the dorms with a cadet escort.