Students and faculty transformed the Holy Cross High School hallways into a trick-or-treat haven for the 15th Annual Halloween Happening. This event provides local children a fun, safe place to enjoy the Halloween season. Over 325 children and their families from Tinker, Mount Carmel and local parochial schools attended.
Fourteen school clubs and athletic teams were responsible for picking a theme and decorating a classroom. "Each room, on average, had ten to twelve student volunteers and a faculty member," said Meg Dwyer '05, Director of Student Activities. "They set up the rooms on the Friday and Saturday before the event. They also managed the rooms during the event. Others volunteered their time in the cafeteria and gym. In total, there were over 200 volunteers."
Cassidy Williams '21 used to come to Halloween Happening when she was younger. She has vivid memories with her friends of going into scary rooms, screaming and running down the hallway. She was very excited to volunteer and bring fun memories to other children.
"It was great putting this together," said Cassidy. "I decorated rooms with the Girls' Soccer Team and Freshmen Committee. One had a Candy Land theme. The other had a spider theme."
This was also Gennaro Genua's '21 first time volunteering for a Halloween Happening. He also decorated the Freshmen Committee room as well as the Boys' Soccer Team room. "We put up pug goals and hung up jerseys and stadium lights (which were made out of smart phones)," he said. "Since we had goals, the kids took a shot. It made our room more interactive."
"We had a very positive response from the visiting children and their families," said Ms. Dwyer. "They were impressed with the decorations and the way our students interacted with their children."
"The kids were so cute with their costumes," said Cassidy. "It puts a smile on your face to see how happy they were."