On Saturday, Oct. 27, student government ran the first Halloween Stroll in West Hartford Center and attracted over 1,000 kids. In addition to being a great opportunity to promote the Kingswood Oxford community, it also put many smiles on childrens’ faces, as they were handed candy and greeted by KOKO, the school mascot.
This idea originally came from two students, who spoke with Head of School Tom Dillow about having new traditions at the school. It was presented in a student government meeting and junior class President Sadie Margolis decided to take charge of this event. “I want to make KO more involved in the community, and I thought the Halloween Stroll would be a great idea,” Sadie said.
Candy and Halloween tattoos were distributed to kids that came. They were also greeted by KOKO. “KOKO was a huge hit, and it was so rewarding to see the kids’ faces light up when they saw the Wyvern,” Sadie said. “Some kids, in fact, were dressed up as dragons, and it was fun watching them in awe of our mascot. KOKO was called many things like dragon, monster, and even a dinosaur, but we still got KO’s name out to many families.”
Her favorite part of the Halloween Stroll was seeing kids happy. “It made me so happy that I could make a difference by participating in the community and make someone smile, candy or not,” she said.
On Thursday, Oct. 31, students were allowed to come to school dressed in either Halloween costumes or school spirit. This was announced by junior Senator Sloan Duvall in an assembly on Tuesday, Oct. 29. Student government organized a Halloween costume contest, where members of a student government committee , which was lead by Sloan and Sadie, would take pictures of people with the best costume for each category. The categories were cutest costume, most creative costume, best group costume, scariest costume, best duo costume, and funniest costume. “After the huge success of our spirit week contests, I really wanted to continue that on for Halloween,” Sloan said. “There was amazing participation, and everyone showed so much school spirit. Sadie and I had a really hard time picking winners because everyone did so well.”
Sophomores Teddy Crowther, James Beerbower, Henry Pelleteir, and Carter Smith won the best group costume for their Mario Kart costumes. “My friends and I dressed up as Mario Kart characters because we like the game and we saw the costumes on Amazon,” Carter said. “We were very excited to win best group costume.”
A group of 13 juniors won the funniest costume award for their camp counselor costumes. Junior Madeline Arcaro said that her group of friends was very excited for Halloween. “We all had wanted to do a group costume for a long time, but we couldn’t come up with an idea that worked for a huge group of people like we wanted,” she said. “Overall it took about a week and a half to get everything together, from Christina [Lu] tie-dying the shirts, me and a few others coming up with the superlatives on our name tags, and the quotes we all had on the back of our shirts. That idea came the night before Halloween and everyone fell in love with it.”
During the assembly, Sloan also announced that there would be a jar, filled with candy and with an orange and black cap, on Halloween and that the jar would belong to the person with the closest guess of how many pieces of candy was in it. It was filled with candy corn, Kit Kats, and Reese’s Minis. There were over 200 guesses, many of which were close to the actual amount. The winner of the candy jar was junior Margo Dowgiewicz. Her guess, 675 pieces of candy, was one piece less than the actual amount.
Sloan thought that the candy jar was fun. “The candy jar also was super fun and I am glad that these activities got everyone in the holiday spirit,” she said.
Overall, the Halloween activities that were planned by student government helped relieve stress, allowing people to be creative and have some fun. “For me, this type of stuff is all about putting smiles on KO students’ faces after they have a tough test or a lot of studying,” Sloan said.