On Halloween at Archer, teachers, students and dogs alike come to school in costumes and participate in themed activities hosted by the ASB and the senior class. Half the day is dedicated to classes— the other half devoted to contests, prizes and games held in the courtyard.
The day typically begins with the seniors arriving early to prepare for the haunted house which they had been planning for since the beginning of school.
After a morning of classes and the haunted house, the student body, faculty and staff gather in the courtyard to celebrate Halloween with doughnut eating contests, pumpkin decorations, relay races, and a school-wide fashion show.
This year, the seniors conspired with Ms. Warner to deceive the school into believing the haunted house was canceled. They planned and engineered a “phobia” themed haunted house that included clowns, dead girls, dolls, spiders and claustrophobic spaces.
Dana Wood ’15 said, “Planning the haunted house has been a fun, bonding experience with my grade especially because we were trying to keep it a secret from the whole school.”
In an email interview, Sarah Boehm ’16 said, “The Halloween Celebration at Archer is always one of my favorite events of the year. We have a half day and everyone forgets about the stress of everyday school and celebrates the fun holiday.”
Division Coordinator Mindy Stone commented in an interview, “When I think about Halloween at Archer, I think about candy infused madness. It’s just, it’s madness. It’s fun and magical but madness at the same time.”