Momo LaClair and Paige Stepanian
Now that the fall season has arrived, the students of Jamesville-DeWitt High School are in the Halloween spirit. From pumpkin carving to apple picking, they want to do it all. With Halloween only a couple weeks away, the students and staff are counting down the days until the spookiest night of the year.
For many, a favorite attraction during the Halloween season is Fright Night at the Fair.
Freshman Nora Prosak visited the popular event for the first time this year. “It was pretty fun, it was a new experience,” says Prosak. After traveling through three different haunted houses at the fairgrounds, Prosak said the clown-themed one was her favorite. Freshman Courtney Keough also took a trip to the Fright Night attraction. “It was really realistic. I was holding onto the person in front of me the whole time, choking them because I was so scared,” says Keough.
Although many J-D students enjoy the spooky set up at Fright Night, some have traveled even farther to experience more terrifying haunted houses. Freshman twin sisters Olivia and Audrey Norden both have a love for haunted houses, and traveled to one in Pennsylvania this past season. Filled with hayrides, black outs, and a haunted carnival, the trip to the house was “weirdly eerie,” says Olivia Norden. “It was very very scary. They could touch you and take you and put you into cages. Fright Night couldn’t compare!” said Olivia Norden.
Several students have been taking part in fall activities outside of school, like apple picking, pumpkin carving, and baking fall desserts. “I like to do corn mazes (because) I think those are cool,” says senior Lexi Gambacorto. For seniors like Gambacorto, finding the perfect costume for the annual Halloween Parade at school is a big deal as well. “I’m so excited, since my freshmen year it’s always been a big thing,” says senior Paige Petrell. The underclassmen are also very excited for the parade. “I can’t wait, It’s always really funny and I like to see the costumes,” says sophomore Christof Deboni.
Many are unsatisfied with the fact that Halloween is on a Tuesday this year. Since it is on a school night, some students are worried they won’t be able to stay out late due to homework and having to get up early in the morning. “It’s sad (because) I don’t feel like many people go trick or treating unless it’s on a weekend,” says junior Mark Davis. “I’m kinda excited, but kinda sad that it’s on a Tuesday this year (since) it’s a little harder to make plans,” says sophomore Andrea Sumida. However, senior Caelen Constantino says she is “so excited” for Halloween. “I’m still going to love it and it will probably still be the best day of my life,” she says.
The students aren’t the only ones that are excited for Halloween at J-DHS. Coach Jeff Ike is very excited for the fun-filled holiday. “(I) love Halloween. It’s awesome,” says Coach Ike. This year for Halloween, he will be following his daughter around going trick or treating. Even though he’s usually not home, he always makes sure to leave out candy for trick or treaters. Coach Walter Dodge is also gearing up for the uncanny night as well. “I have a costume in my mind that I’m working on already,” says Coach Dodge.