Holiday Activities - Halloween
Senior Citizen Trick-or-Treat
With the goal of providing a safe environment for children to go trick-or-treating, Sycamore (Ill.) High School Student Council hosts a unique activity on Halloween. They contact a local retirement center and arrange to have trick-or-treaters visit on Halloween. Student council members provide candy to participating residents and decorate their doors to indicate which rooms children may visit. The trick-or-treaters are escorted around the building by council members. Participants are obtained through advertisement to the elementary schools in the district.
In an effort to promote a safe Halloween, neighborhood children were invited to a Haunted House sponsored by the NJHS chapter at Simmons Middle School in Aurora, Ill. last year. Over 200 children visited in little over an hour.
Hawthorne (N.J.) High School organizes a day of activities for Halloween which are designed to raise money for UNICEF. It begins with an activity where student council members are raffled off to be "witch for a day" to do the bidding of the person whose raffle ticket was drawn. Everyone is in costume for the day, and they end with a Halloween costume dance.
Halloween Safety Program
Student Council members at Wentzville (Mo.) High School put together a skit with tips for do's and don't for Halloween trick-or-treating and present it to all kindergarten students in their school district. Complete with props, costumes and candy, the program gets across a safety message in a fun way and has been a tradition in the district for over 12 years.
Student council members at Belmont (NH) HS solicit donations of pumpkins from local farmers for an afternoon of pumpkin carving with students from kindergarten through third grade. The high school students pair up with the elementary students for an enjoyable afternoon. "It's a lot of fun working with elementary school kids. They see us involved and they want to get involved," said Colleen Peterson, student council member.
Trick or Treat Street
As a community service event, the student councils at East Hampton (CT) HS and Woodstock (CT) HS coordinate safe events for Halloween trick-or-treaters and collect food for the needy at the same time. Each group within their schools is invited to decorate a room in the school and hand out candy for Halloween. Kids from the community come and go trick-or-treating from room to room. The price of admission is a canned food item that is then given to a local food bank.