Students Continue Halloween Tradition at Northwood

The trees have lost their leaves and the temperatures are getting colder. Snow is in the forecast. Fall is coming to an end at Northwood and it is time for the tradition of celebrating Halloween.

Halloween began as a Celtic festival Samhain, an event for people to dress up and light bonfires in hopes to scare away ghosts. Over time, some of these traditions were integrated into All Saints Day, November 1st, which slowly evolved into Halloween. Through the years, Halloween in America has become an entire day of activities like trick-or-treating, carving jack-o-lanterns, festive gatherings, donning costumes and eating treats.

Northwood students look forward to celebrating Halloween. “I mainly like Halloween for the movies and the good food around this time of the year,” said Michael Leone ‘21.

Celebrating big holidays while being away from home can be a challenging time for Northwood students, but the school organizes many fun activities. From the start of breakfast, students will attend classes and walk the campus dress in all types of costumes. Then, during community time, there is a costume contest with the following categories: Funniest, Scariest, Most Creative, Best Duo/Trio, and Best Group.

When the sun goes down, the lights come up, and the fists start pumping, The Halloween disco features the funky beats of DJ Hilaire. Northwood’s newest hockey coach and math/robotics teacher, Mr. Keanu Hilaire, will get the school dancing.

Another Halloween tradition is CandyGrams. Northwood’s community service organization CARE offers the opportunity for students to send each other small bags of candy with personalized messages. The fundraiser raises hundreds of dollars for worthy causes each year.

Not everyone enjoys the Halloween tradition at Northwood. Daniel Colabufo ‘20 said “ I don’t like it because I don’t see it as a real holiday as I don’t see a real meaning behind it. It’s a way for little kids to get candy.” Despite Colabufo’s skepticism, the tradition continues and Northwood still finds a fun way for all students to enjoy the day.

Celebrating Halloween is a way for the school to come together as a community.  For some, it is the scariest time of the year and for others, it is their favorite time of the year.

Details of this year’s festivities were outlined in a recent email from Ms. Mavis Agnew:

From: Mavis Agnew <agnewm@northwoodschool.com>
Date: Fri, Oct 25, 2019 at 12:12 PM
Subject: Halloween
To: FacultyStaff <facultystaff@northwoodschool.com>, students <students@northwoodschool.com>

Students & Faculty:

On Thursday, October 31st we will have a Peak costume contest and runway walk at a special all school meeting during community time at 10:25am.  Students are permitted to wear appropriate costumes on Halloween or they may be in class dress. This is not a “dress down day” and students cannot dress as a “yoga instructor”  or a “rugby athlete” in order to just wear leggings, or shorts and t-shirts to class. Please have fun, but make costumes both respectful and specific and do not abuse the privilege to wear costumes to class.

Thursday evening we will have a Halloween Dinner.  Dress is either costume or class dress:

Rainbow Carrot Slaw
Green Salad
Green Curried Shellfish (shrimp, mussels, clams)
Tri-Colored Tortellini with roasted tomato sauce and fresh basil
Cheddar Stuffed Meatloaf with tomato glaze
Crispy Waffle Fry Poutine
Fresh Tuscan Bread
NY apples with Caramel Fondue
Sundae Bar

Dinner will be followed by a Dance in the rear of the Dining Hall featuring DJ HIlaire

Some Peak Events including a balloon stomp and hide & seek will take place.

The festivities will commence by 8:15 and study hall will resume by 8:30pm.

Please let me know if you have questions.  If you have ideas, please reach out to our Halloween Spirit Chairman, Addie Castillo.  We will be looking for student volunteers to help with decorations and clean up.

 

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