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Trick or treat?

Park’s Halloween traditions
Matthew Plant
Pumpkins line the paths at Westwood Hills Nature Center Oct. 23. Carvings like this can be found on many houses’ doorsteps as Halloween approaches.

As Halloween approaches, Park’s students and staff actively engage in various activities to celebrate the occasion. The school has come alive with the anticipation of this fun and spooky holiday. From costume planning to decorating, everyone is getting into the Halloween spirit.

Junior Raade Gears said carving pumpkins is a part of his yearly Halloween traditions.

“I carve pumpkins every year,” Gears said. “It always has two triangle eyes, a mouth, and a triangle nose.”

German teacher Frau Fox said her favorite part about Halloween is dressing up, but she is mostly interested in being surprised by what others are dressing up as. Fox said when it comes to dressing up, she usually leans towards the more simple side.

“Sometimes dressing up (is my favorite part), but more watching the kids dress up,” Fox said. “I would usually go as a cat or witch because it is easy to put together and it’s low budget.”

Junior Davontay Hamilton said what he loves most about Halloween is that it falls very close to his birthday.

“My favorite part about Halloween is it’s right next to my birthday, so it’s like two celebrations in one,” Hamilton said. “During that time I can also be able to spend a lot of time with my friends and family.”

My favorite part about Halloween is it’s right next to my birthday, so it’s like two celebrations in one.”

— Davontay Hamilton

Gears said he has opted for a distinctive Halloween costume this year: Patrick Bateman, the intricate character from Bret Easton Ellis’s “American Psycho,” known for his sharp style and complex personality. 

“This year I’m planning on dressing up as Patrick Bateman,” Gears said. “It’s kinda different, I think it’s gonna be a cool and unforgettable costume.”

Fox said when she was in Germany, the traditions there were different. Many of the activities and projects that Fox did in her years living in Germany she brought with her.

“I spent ten years in Germany and Halloween wasn’t really a thing there,” Fox said. “I started picking up acorns and sticks to make little acorn people or simple arts and crafts like lanterns, which we can do sometimes in class.”

Hamilton said he’s already decided on his costume for this year.

“For this year’s Halloween I’m going to dress up as a gorilla,” Hamilton said. “I chose to be a gorilla this year because they are big and strong.”

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Fares Hendi, Echo Staffer
Hey, I'm Fares and I'm a junior at Park. This is my first year on Echo and I'm so excited to be part of the team.
Matthew Plant, Echo Staffer
Hey, my name is Matthew and I am a junior. This is my first year on Echo and I am excited to be a part of the Echo team. When I’m not in school, I like to ski, play baseball, and hang out with my friends.   

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