Annual Halloween celebration brings joy, fear to Archer

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Sonia Miklaucic '16 and Isabella Moncada '16 pose for a picture before the haunted house began. Miklaucic and Moncada played "human presents" in the sweet 16 themed haunted house. Photo by Lindsay Cayton '16.

This year’s Halloween festivities provided a diverse array of activities for the student body, ranging from a Sweet 16 themed haunted house, to a pumpkin decorated like Donald Trump and dancing teachers.

Students arrived in costumes on the morning of Friday, Oct. 30. They then attended classes where many teachers had Halloween-themed lessons.

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  • Students watch a Halloween video in history teacher Johanna Greene's class. "It was a really fun and interesting class," Isabella Simanowitz '18 said.

    Photo credit: Cybele Zhang

  • Students in chemistry teacher Kelsie Honda's class collaborate together. They used knowledge from previous lessons to create slime for Halloween.

    Photo credit: Nelly Rouzroch

  • English teacher Jenn Babin's class writes Halloween stories. "My favorite part was getting my story back because it didn't quite go how I expected it to based off of how I wrote the beginning, but it was funny," Catherine Oriel '18 said.

    Photo credit: Nelly Rouzroch

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Meanwhile, students went through the seniors’ haunted house. It told the story of a Sweet 16 gone wrong, complete with masks, morph suits and cannibalism.

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  • Helena Heslov '16 applies makeup before the haunted house began. “I was scared during the part where all the people were crawling at you. They just jump out at you!” Alexa Turner '21 said.

    Photo credit: Syd Stone

  • Hannah Levy '16 dances in the first room of the Haunted House. She played the birthday girl.

    Photo credit: Syd Stone

  • Haley Cohen '16 and Rosemary Pastron '16 eat birthday cake off of Sara Seaman '16 in the last scene of the haunted house. “My favorite part was probably when they were eating the person,” Bess Frierson '21 said. Photo by Emily Silver.

  • Seventh graders wait to enter the haunted house. “I think the beginning where you thought it was going to be fine was scariest," Jerlyn Edmond '21 said, "They were partying and suddenly we had to get out.”

    Photo credit: Anika Bhavnani

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The pumpkin decorating competition kicked off the all-school events in the courtyard. Each grade decorated a pumpkin, with themes like the juniors’ “Donald Trump-kin” and the seniors’ exorcist pumpkin, which took first place.

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  • Kisa Rozenbaoum '18, Gemma Brand-Wolf '18 and Sydney Shintani '18 pose with their pumpkin before the competition. "I like that I can get together with people in my grade and we combine all our ideas to create something really creative," Dominque Cadenas '19, who worked on the freshman pumpkin, said.

    Photo credit: Cybele Zhang

  • The sophomore's finished "Octopumpkin." "It's very interesting to look at all the other grades and see their ideas," Sydney Shintani '18 said. "It's hard and all the grades came up with great ideas."

    Photo credit: Cybele Zhang

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Click on the images below to learn more about other events.

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  • Students promote a Halloween related community service opportunity. Through trick-or-treat for UNICEF, students collect money that would help people in need.

    Photo credit: Cybele Zhang

  • Anika Bhavnani '17 and Zoe Pelikan '17 pose in the photo booth. "Halloween is such a fun event at Archer because everyone is so spirited," Cameron Thompson '18 said. "I love to see all the creative costumes." Image courtesy of Anika Bhavnani '17

  • The fountain in the courtyard is decorated for the celebrations. "I love to to see my typical Archer girls that I see everyday in uniform suddenly transformed," Theresa Dahlin, sixth grade teacher and Director of Community Service, said.

    Photo credit: Anika Bhavnani

  • Students decorate Halloween themed cookies. Sprinkles, frosting, and cookies were brought in by students for the celebration.

    Photo credit: Cybele Zhang

  • Mia-Jay Katz '18, Macoy Ohlbaum '18 and Malia Rouvi '18 dress as superheroes. The celebration featured a fashion show where students and teachers showed off their costumes.

    Photo credit: Nelly Rouzroch

  • Teachers dance in the Courtyard to Michael Jackson's "Thriller." "It was hilarious," Portia Freeman '18 said. "I really liked Ms. Browder's dinosaur costume. It added a nice little spice to the dance."

    Photo credit: Cybele Zhang

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