Halloween spirit comes alive in annual Trunk-or-Treat

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Senior Kristen Quesada put on an 80’s-themed display, with a portable speaker behind the inflatable boombox. This is Quesada’s third year volunteering at Trunk or Treat. (Photo/Kayla Rubenstein)

This Halloween, several clubs gathered to participate in the National Honor Society’s annual Trunk-or-Treat. The event included decorated cars, costumed students and children, a haunted house, and decorated car trunks filled with candy for trick-or-treaters. According to co-chair of the event, Alyssa Herzbrun, there were thirteen cars; one of which featured a kid grabbing at people’s hands from inside the candy-filled trunk.

In terms of preparation for the event, co-chair senior Alyssa Herzbrun said, “I was worried we wouldn’t have enough volunteers but some people not on the list showed up. Planning the event was kind of hectic because a lot of people cancelled last minute but Sachita and I pulled through.”  

The rooms included the Spanish Honors Society’s Día De Los Muertos theme with fun crafts like coloring masks and alebrijes, which traditionally are brightly colored Mexican folk art sculptures of mythical/fantasy creatures. Other club rooms included Junior High Student Government Association’s game room, Key Club with super hero games, National Art Honor Society with arts and crafts, Student Government Association with cookie decorating, and Black Gold and Green Club with dirt pies. As usual, the Robotics Club brought their robot to display in the parking lot. 

For a true Halloween experience, the National Honor Society created a graveyard themed haunted house filled with flickering candles, creepy doll music and jump scares. For younger children, the volunteers provided a less scary version of the house. “One of the highlights this year was the haunted house. We had a long line at all times. Everyone was really good at scaring people inside the house,” Herzbrun said.

“This year it was marvelously spooky, and we created a great experience for everyone who walked through,” co-chair Sachita Jariwala said. “We couldn’t have made the haunted house possible without all the amazing volunteers, and I think they also had a great time jumping out and scaring people.” 

While the spider-themed hallways reused web decorations from previous years, the HOSA/Pre-Med room was a new addition this year. Their theme revolved around the horrors of the emergency room, including games like operation and anatomy puzzles with velcro that children could put fake organs on. The room decorations included model bones covered in red slime, bloody handprint stickers on the walls and white table cloth hung from the ceiling to create “operating rooms” for games.

 “It was really fun and the kids really seemed to enjoy the activities and games we had,” president of HOSA junior Angelina Kinney said.

One young attendee strutted a baby shark costume from car to car, collecting candy throughout the evening as well as attracting attention. Costumes ranged from angels to devils to dinosaurs to the Progressive Insurance woman. (Photo/Elizabeth Zhu)

NHS uses all profits from this event toward purchasing gifts for 50 “angels” in the Salvation Army’s Angel Tree program, which gives holiday presents to children whose families cannot afford to purchase any. NHS donated leftover baked goods to HOSA, who held a baked goods sale on Conference day. Any leftover candy was donated to the Boys and Girls club in Davie. 

Herzbrun and NHS advisor Mrs. Diana Adams thought the event was a success. “I think we were all surprised to have as many people show up as they did,” Herzbrun said. Mrs. Adams summed the event up and said, “This was definitely one of the best Trunk or Treat events we’ve ever sponsored. The weather was beautiful, we had a great turnout and everyone had fun. We raised close to a thousand dollars for Angel Tree. Alyssa Herzbrun did an amazing job organizing everything.”

Pictured are the many decorations, activities, trunks and dressed up students and guests that filled up and made this Halloween event possible. (Photos/Elizabeth Zhu)

Noor is a sophomore at American Heritage School in Plantation, Fla. She has always been passionate about her writing, and is looking forward to being a part of the Patriot Post. Noor is a passionate Arab-Muslim American who is proud of her heritage. She loves trying new things and traveling the world and hopes to broaden her horizons as a part of this team.

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