The common saying, “Don’t accept candy from strangers,” was laid to rest Thursday evening as little ghouls and goblins arrived on campus to collect candy from the decorated car trunks of juniors and seniors. The NHS-sponsored Trunk-or-Treat event, held for lower school students each fall, welcomed over 600 visitors this year.
When the bell let out for school on Thursday afternoon, the bottom floor of the 9000 building came alive as over one hundred NHS members scrambled to get into costume and transform the rooms and halls into a family-friendly Halloween attraction. This year’s highlights included a pie-in-face activity and haunted house. Eager children and parents waited in a line that stretched outside the 9000 building’s doors in order to put the haunting skills of NHS students to the test.
“Everyone worked so hard to make things come together,” said senior Daniel Jimenez, “I was one of the investigators who led kids through the haunted house. It was great to get to see their reactions.”
Outside, kids enjoyed the chance to smash a plate of whipped-cream into the faces of brave NJHS student volunteers at one end of the 9000 building while the Ninjineers’ monster robot chased children to give out candy. In the Tunnel, pizza and goodies were sold, and SGA had their cookie decorating station.
Inside, revamped classrooms included arts and crafts activities led by NAHS and BGG members for the younger crowds. Room themes ranged from Harry Potter to the Spanish Honor Society’s “Dia de los Muertos” room. The Dance Company taught “Thriller” routines while Key Club members provided fun games, Letters for Better invited students to stop in for a story around the campfire while enjoying s’mores.
“I thought it [the event] was absolutely fantastic. It was well-organized; there were great costumes and some great trunks. My kids had a blast.” said Dean and lacrosse coach, Chad Moore, who attended Trunk-or-Treat for the first time this year with his wife and two children.
Trunk or Treat events have become increasingly popular as they are often sponsored by trusted organizations and held in well-supervised areas. The 2015 Trunk-or-Treat proved to be a big hit among all those who attended.