Let’s Get Spooky

December 9, 2019

Prepare for a hauntingly good time as you read these two chilling newsworthy pieces!

What Will Halloween Bring In 2019?

Happy Halloween!!

Happy Halloween!!

October 31st is a national holiday filled with horror, screams, a few tears, laughter, and candy. There are many definitions that surface when it comes to discussing Halloween. Originally, Halloween was associated with the ancient Celtic festival of Samhain, where people would gather around bonfires dressed up in costumes to “ward off” ghosts. To others, Halloween is just a night where families and friends get together, dress up in costumes, have hayrides, go to haunted houses, and eat candy. 

You may wonder what candy has to do with Halloween: it’s called trick or treating. Children, and let’s be honest, automatically think candy, when they hear the word Halloween. Jaxon White, first grader at Pelahatchie Elementary said, “It’s fun because you can go around and get candy.” 

Teenagers, on the other hand, tend to do so much more when it comes to celebrating Halloween. Most of the time, there are costume parties where friends get together and cook out, and sometimes have a contest to determine who wore the best costume. However, some people still like to take advantage of Halloween and go back to the way things used to be. Scarlett Castillo, senior at Pelahatchie High School said, “I like Halloween because I feel like it is the one time of year where you can express your inner child, and be whoever/whatever you want to be… you know what I’m saying?” 

There are also many movie marathons that come on during the month of October, such as: Hocus Pocus and Halloween. Hocus Pocus is about three witches who are set free by a teenage boy who lit a candle, and it is up to him, a friend, and his little sister, to steal the witch’s book that contains spells, to stop them from becoming immortal. They are also helped by a magical cat that was once a young boy in the same position. 

The movie Halloween is a series, and there are 11 films. It is about a guy who is mentally unstable and kills one of his sisters at the age of 17, while the other sister escapes him, but he comes back for her years later. Due to the fact that there are 11 of the movies all together, the story line followed a sequence where Micheal Myers, the main character and killer, kept returning. Although, a few of the movies were just a remake of the original film made in 1978.

Celebrations of all kinds come to mind when people discuss Halloween, but it all comes down to the same thing: to have fun and make memories. 

 

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PHS Newspaper Staff Hosts Halloween Fundraiser

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Laura Grice

Mrs. Grice, English teacher, owns a dachshund named Boo. Here he sports his favorite Halloween costume.

In October 2019, PHS Newspaper Staff will host a Halloween Pet Costume Contest fundraiser. 

To enter, all contestants must pay five dollars. Staff will start taking money on Tuesday, October 15, 2019.

All pets are welcome to enter. Pets can be dressed in any type of costume, including a hotdog, princess, nurse, superman, batman, pumpkin, pirate, ghost, air plane, and more.

Wondering how the contest will work or what the winner’s prize will be? First, pet owners will take a picture of their animal or animals. Next, they will send in a picture of their pet in costume to Mrs. Grice via email. 

You can contact Mrs. Grice at [email protected]

The school will vote for the winning pet on October 31st. The pet that receives the most votes will be declared the winner; the prize is a visa card worth fifty dollars. 

For the last fundraiser, newspaper staff sold raffle tickets. Raffle tickets were sold for two dollars each. The lucky person was awarded with six free tickets to the fair, along with a parking pass.

As a result, over four hundred thirty dollars was raised. The winner of the raffle was Sidney Goldman.

Many students are looking forward to the costume contest.  “I think it is a great way for the staff to raise money,” said Allison Weems.

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