Bills rookies get ready for Halloween through Toyota Rookie Club

Posted Oct 26, 2017

To get into the Halloween spirit, the Toyota Rookie Club brought students from Buffalo Public Schools to Frightworld for an evening of Halloween fun.

In preparation for Halloween next week, the Buffalo Bills Toyota Rookie Club came together once again for a night filled with all things spooky at Frightworld. Working with the United Way of Buffalo & Erie County, the rookies teamed up with kids from Buffalo Public Schools 32- Bennett Park Montessori and 33 Bilingual Center, to tour the attraction.

“The Buffalo Bills and the United Way of Buffalo & Erie County have a long history and have been in partnership for over 40 years,” stated Rema Hanash, ‎Director of Resource Development. “We’ve worked on [many] different events and different projects throughout the community.”

Frightworld was no exception. The United Way of Buffalo & Erie County assisted in transporting the children to the event.

“It’s thrilling for them because they would never imagine they would have an opportunity to hang out with Buffalo Bills players,” stated Hanash. “This is one of many fun events the players host throughout the year, and the kids are always thrilled to be a part of it.”

“Stuff like this is definitely great, just for the community to see that we are regular guys and we like to have fun just like them,” stated tackle Dion Dawkins. “I’m definitely scared just like them.”

The rookies led the children through a variety of different haunted houses. Though visibly frightened, they made sure no child got left behind.

“It’s great just to be out there with the kids and to just have fun with them,” stated tackle Conor McDermott. “To see them having a good time is a great experience.”

In a surprise twist, Conor McDermott dressed up and scared guests that were entering the Friday the 13th themed haunted house. Many of the rookies failed to recognize McDermott behind his mask. 

Possibly the most startled participant, cornerback Tre’Davious White put on a brave face and bared almost all of the houses to bond with the kids.

“We were jumping more than they were,” stated White. “This is what it’s all about. You get out in the community and show your face. When you are on the field they don’t see the person underneath the helmet, so it’s always good to get out there.”

After the group had their fill of ghostly fun, the group took pictures and received autographs to remember the one-of-a-kind night.

“It’s always good to put a smile on these kids’ faces, they get excited just being around us so that’s the least we could do,” stated linebacker Tanner Vallejo