Halloween At Riverdale
Halloween comes at a perfect time every year. Students are always hard at work, studying for exams and preparing written assessments, hoping to secure good grades for the first quarter marking period. As if that isn’t stressful enough, seniors have to hit “submit” on their early decision and early action college applications by the next day. The tension is palpable, which is why everyone is in need of a little levity on October 31st. Dressing up and cavorting around campus in costume helps ease the tension that many students feel. The Riverdale faculty and administration is supportive of their students’ quest to strike a balance between the demands of school and the need to let off some steam. This is evident in the Halloween festivities.
Many students and teachers come to school in costumes. In fact, some of our teachers seem just as enthusiastic about dressing up as their students are. Members of the science department came dressed in jellyfish costumes, and the dining staff dressed as Minions. Varsity sports teams, especially the girls, wore group costumes. The soccer team dressed up as the various Spongebob characters: Spongebob, Mr. Krabs, Patrick, and Gary. The tennis team donned Riverdale football jerseys with black eye grease under their eyes. The volleyball team split up and half came as ghostbusters while the other dressed as ghosts. The cross country team dressed as characters from the Wizard of Oz, while field hockey wore cops and robbers costumes. And these are just the team costumes. Senior Cammie Forbes came dressed as George Washington, while senior Jake Klores came as a “one night stand.” The latter is not what you think; he dressed as a nightstand with a lampshade as his hat. This one was particularly clever. There were bananas, dolls, cats and dogs, a mime, a king, and many others.
Juniors sell Halloween candy grams the week prior to Halloween in order to start raising funds for their prom. They deliver the candy grams to the recipients’ classrooms on Halloween, dressed in costume and playing music. The teachers are good sports about allowing the disruptions to their class teaching times. It is all in the spirit of a fun, uplifting, and community-building day. To add to the enjoyment, the weather could not have been better. The sun was shining, the skies were a beautiful hue of blue, and the temperatures were in the sixties. People are already thinking ahead to next year’s costumes. After all, it is never too early to get a jump on a happy diversion from our academics.