FREE SPEECH ZONE | North Minneapolis Hmong Halloween

Last Wednesday, University of Minnesota students and volunteers took a group of nearly 40 North Minneapolis Hmong youth out trick-or-treating.

The tradition of taking Hmong kids out trick-or-treating started in 2005.  A group of Hmong refugees had just arrived in the United States from a Thai refugee camp.  One day they reported hearing the strangest story:  That one day out of the year, they could walk up to someone’s house, mumble some noises, and the person would throw candy at them.

These Hmong refugee students said that of course they were way too sophisticated to believe such a ridiculous story.  We told them it was true, and took them out for their first Halloween trick-or-treat in their lives.

Every year since then we have taken Hmong refugee students out for Trick-Or-Treat.

This year, nearly 40 Hmong refugee students came to the Hawthorne Neighborhood Council offices to put on face paint.

Then they did  trick-or-treating on blocks around the office, and went over to Trunk-Or-Treat at St. Olaf Lutheran church.

Finally they  then headed out to the Plymouth home of the University of Minnesota’s Jeff Corn, and visited his neighbors.

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By the end of the night the bags of candy were bigger than some of the trick-or-treaters.

Thanks to all the people who helped.

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Jay Clark lives in Minneapolis, and works at the Center for Urban and Regional Affairs.


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