By Ali G.
Halloween is usually a creepy and scary occasion…but most of us have enough to be wary of, between school, work, family issues and internal turmoil. That’s why we celebrated this “Hallo-weekend” by having some good clean fun instead. Paul Geer and his “Special Ops” crew set up the gym with an elaborate waterfall and faux-trees. They worked hard converting our gym into Middle Earth, a perfect setting for our Lord of the Rings-themed weekend.
We kicked it off with a dinner of baked ziti in the decked-out gym. Later Friday night, we watched a thriller called Three. “It was interesting, but confusing,” said student Mario N. “but I was just glad to have some popcorn!” Saturday was the main event. In the morning, we had time to carve pumpkins and put the finishing touches on our costumes. We had breakfast and lunch in the gym, enjoying the family-style dining in a festive environment. But come nightfall, the party really started! Student Becca B. gushed about the incredible night we blessed to have. “This Halloween was really fun! I did things I wouldn’t usually do at home, or would even think about doing if I was still using. I dressed up as a cat with two of my friends, carved pumpkins, tried to bite an apple hung from the ceiling, and danced with the girls!” Our new chef Pablo made us amazing cupcakes and homemade apple cider, and the master of ceremonies, Paul Geer, provided us with an awesome homemade cake.
“It was a night I’ll definitely remember,” said student Kyra L., “and I never knew how good I was at musical chairs!” The winners of the costume contest each won a ten-dollar gift certificate to McDonald’s, to be redeemed on a visit. “I’ve never won anything like this before!” said Vera M., the winner of the Most Outstanding Costume prize, for her adorable unicorn outfit, which was coupled with Sally H.’s glittery fairy costume. The celebration has ended, but there’s still glitter all over the school, reminding us of our special night. A special thanks to Paul and his crew for making it happen!