Halloween is Back!


Halloween is back and more frightening than ever! In fact, Herman/AdVenture’s first school dance of the year is themed around Halloween. It will be held in the gym. But 5 out of 6 people believe it’s not worth the hassle. There are some simple basic rules including no blood or weapons. Many people believe for middle school students are too old to Trick or Treat. Many other people say it’s fine for middle schoolers to Trick or Treat. Halloween is known for the opportunity of free candy. However, there’s more to it than that, and the history has never been so odd. 

Halloween began in the Samhain Festival made by the Ancient Celts. Every year they have a party this is to scare the ghosts. Have you ever thought why we say trick or treat? We do this because the phrase is a subtle suggestion that if a treat (like candy) is given, then the child will not perform a trick (mischief) on the owner of the house. Halloween isn’t the same without a pumpkin, but when it’s being carved then that makes it a whole new thing. The history behind it is when at night they wanted to light up the homes and streets. So they made it so that where they went it would glow bright and high.

Rachel Kang, a seventh grade Adventure student, was asked to answer couple questions to find out more about her thoughts on the holiday. Our first question was about her opinions on the school dance. She replied with “It does sound fun.” We then pondered if the dance was worth the hassle. She weighed in on the situation and decided that, “Not really, I don’t see the point of making it since we have one at the end of the year.” Rachel doesn’t celebrate Halloween, so we thought it’d be interesting to hear what the holiday is like from her point of view. “I think it’s a good and fun idea.” Another question asked was whether or not middle school students are too old trick or treat? She has answered  that no they aren’t too old, but they shouldn’t go above and beyond on a costume and try to spend less money. Our last question was, because your family does not celebrate, how do you spend your time on the 31st? She answered that her family will eat out or go to shop in public places that are usually busy because there’s only a few people there.

We also interviewed the winner of the costume contest last year, Jeanny Le. Jeanny is also a seventh grade Adventure student. We asked her 5 questions about her thoughts of Halloween. First, we asked her who she thinks will win the costume contest. She replied with, “I don’t know because I don’t know what other people’s costumes would look like.” The year she won the contest her costume was a cat in a lost and found box being carried away by a masked character. She accomplished this by dressing her legs as the figure, then attaching a fake head behind her to make it look like her legs belong to it. Then, she wore a cardboard box around her waist, with her torso and above was a cat. Jeanny was then asked about how she thought she would do competing last year, she stated, “I didn’t think I would win at first but I had confidence. She was very positive about the dance, and decided that, “Yeah, it is a fun idea for Halloween at school.” We then decided to bring up whether or not trick or treating was age-appropriate for middle schoolers, “Of course not. Middle Schoolers are still young and are still able to have fun.