MANCHESTER, NH – West High School’s student advisory council members have planned a “Haunted Hallway” for Oct. 31 from 2-4 p.m. It’s open to all students from Gossler, Northwest and Parker Varney elementary schools.
In order to get the word out to as many kids as possible, several West seniors got a short-term pass from school Wednesday and made the rounds to West Side elementary schools, spreading the word and getting the kids pumped up for the big event Saturday, a free-for-all Halloween celebration.
It’s an alternative to going out in the neighborhood on Halloween, said West senior Breyanna Wilson, who explained that not only is the school-based event safe for kids who might not live in the best neighborhoods, but also an option for parents who may have to work Saturday during the city’s official Trick-or-Treat hours, which are from 6-8 p.m.
Fellow senior Lauren Boisvert went the extra mile and dressed up in costume to get the kids’ attention. They arrived at Parker Varney, along with Sophora Casimir, in time for the first lunch period, and got to explain the Haunted Hallway concept, as well as assist in opening yogurt containers and answering other important questions, like “what are you supposed to be?”
“What am I? I’m a fox,” said Boisvert, turning around and showing off her tail.
Casimir, also a member of the student advisory council, said this is the first time West students have done a community Halloween activity. The idea came up over the summer during a planning meeting.
“The spring carnival was such a big hit we wanted to try something for Halloween,” Casimir said. “We hope it becomes a tradition, and that the advisory council will continue it after we graduate.”
The students have spent several months working on decorations and getting donations from the community, said Boisvert. In all, about 50 student volunteers have worked together to make this happen, with an assist from senor class advisors Liz Kerwan and Tracie Joy.
The event is free and open to all kids who attend school on the West Side. Enter the school through the door on Notre Dame Avenue.
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