Halloween took place on October 30 for us this year. It was an amazing night because of our volunteers, parents, teachers, and most importantly, students. We think this poem will sum up the experience:
Twas the night before Halloween, when all through the school,
Not a student was stirring, not even a ghoul.
The bats were hung in the hallways with care,
In hopes that Smiley kids soon would be there.
The children were playing all outside the school,
While visions of candy corns danced in their heads.
And teachers in their costumes, and us in our dress,
Had just settled down for a night of little stress.
When out on the lawn there arose such a clatter,
We sprang from our stations to see what was the matter.
Away to the doorway we flew like a flash,
Tore open the front door and yelled, “Have a blast!”
The sun on the brink of setting slow,
Gave the luster of sunset to students below,
When, what to my wondering eye should appear,
But a rush of students, all giving a cheer.
With a flood to the doors, so lively and quick,
We knew in a moment, it was time for a trick,
More rapid than Cougars, inside they came,
And we yelled, and they shouted, and we all played a game!
“I say 681!” “And I think 1000!” was predicted,
As candy corn guesses were dared.
“To the top of the jar, I have no guess at all!”
Now guess away, guess away, guess away all!
As quick as they could, they did fly,
To the games in the gym, in the blink of an eye.
So up to the corn hole the coursers they flew,
With a hand full of beanbags, and some candy too.
And then, in a twinkling, I heard in the room,
The sounding of music with just one loud boom.
As we drew in our heads, and were turning around,
The cake walk began, with the treats all abound.
Students followed the songs, stepping lightly each foot,
Then music would stop, to a scramble to put,
The best number below you on the cake track,
A winner was called to come choose the best snack.
Their eyes-how they twinkled! Their smiles how merry!
Their cheeks were like roses, posing like a fairy,
For the photo booth camera flashing aglow,
Choosing costumes and cool props just for their beau.
And in the corner, a mom hidden beneath,
A pile of face paint that could make a sheath,
To decorate faces, without being smelly,
And make kids laugh, like a bowlful of jelly!
A movie played, for those who keep to themself,
But I was scared when I saw it, in spite of myself!
It was the “Nightmare Before Christmas” we said,
We had taken a vote, no other winner instead.
By the end of the night, we could say with a smirk,
All the pizza was sold, what a wonderful perk.
Some popcorn filled gloves leftover at close,
Were given to great teachers for being pros.
Guests sprang to their homes, to us gave a whistle,
Away they flew, with a pumpkin not a thistle.
But I heard them exclaim, ‘ere they walked out of sight,
“Happy Halloween to all, and to all a good-night!”
– Julia Finlayson & Meredith Trevino