Connecting to Hartford: Halloween & Día de Los Muertos Activities Over Past Weeks

Students in front of Asian American Student Association (AASA) House

Over the past few weekends, Trinity students, staff, and faculty have connected to local community through activities related to Halloween and Día de Los Muertos. Both events were part of Trinity College’s community engagement and diversity office activities.

On Vernon Street two weeks ago, the Office of Community Service and Civic Engagement led by Director Joe Barber organized a number of Trinity student groups to host Halloween events. Like past years, many Trinity student groups featured activities for kids and families in the community such as painting masks, designing cupcakes, and several other artistic projects.

Jared Delane, Cultural House Coordinator, Office of Multicultural Affairs

With support from the Cultural Houses Coordinator Jared Delane (in Office of Multicultural Affairs and DEI), there were Trinity students from the Cultural Houses including the Asian American Student Association (AASA) House, Umoja House, and La Eracra House. In addition, many of the sorority and fraternity houses hosted candy and activities for visitors. Activities stretched on Vernon from Broad to Summit Street.

Students in front of La Eracra House

In addition, there was an event at Trinfo Café this weekend to learn about Día de Los Muertos, or the Day of the Dead. At that event, “Students and Hartford community members discussed the meaning of the day (Día de Los Muertos) and the ideas of death and cemeteries. Food was shared and we wrote messages to loved ones and put them on the traditionally decorated altar.” These open events in Hartford were part of the ways both offices seek to connect students and various communities in the city.


Robert Cotto, Jr. is the Director of the HMTCA-Trinity Partnership at the nearby Learning Corridor.  He is also a Community Fellow with the Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI).