Halloween Party: After

I have met my personal goal, as that was to participate in the party and encourage Halloween festivity. There is no better way of promoting Halloween than to scare small children in a haunted house!

If I was to do all this again, I would organise the haunted house a bit better, preparing a script for people to follow, as my role, for example, was quite vague and made me have to improvise a lot. However, organising the haunted house was not really my job, and I actually think I did quite well if you take into account how much guidance I was given.

With this activity, I have learnt a lot about how to organise an activity for small children, We had to make sure that very small kids were not too scared of the haunted house, but also that older people were frightened enough by it to make it successful. To do this, we had to divide the people into different groups, which was a great lesson in management. Finally, we also learned how to decorate a school for a party, dividing our work and organising ourselves well.
I have also met my learning outcomes, as acting in and creating a haunted house was incredibly hard, and I definitely learned a lot about administration and drama by taking part in these activities. In addition to this, I have also worked collaboratively with others, as many of my classmates helped out in the haunted house and decorating the school. To make sure everything went smoothly, we had to divide our roles and work cooperatively, as things would get done much faster that way.

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Halloween Party: During

Almost nothing went as I expected! We started working at about five and finished at eight, more or less. Although I did decorate the school on Saturday, I never got to move supplies around, as this had already been done by the parents working to prepare the party the day before. This was a surprise for me, but I recovered quickly and decided to help out where I was actually needed: in the lunchroom. I moved tables and chairs around, preparing the large room to accommodate partygoers. Afterwards, some of my classmates and I started hanging paper dolls from the ceiling in the halls and preparing the haunted house attraction.

(From left to right): Carmen Rita Gomeza, Ainhoa Santos (me), and Juan Andreu hanging spooky dolls from the ceiling.

The next day was intense and insane. I was not feeling too well, as my throat hurt and I felt a little sick, but I had to work at the party nevertheless. It turned out that some of my other classmates had taken care of the games for small children, so I had to work at the haunted house as a sort of narrator. My job was to tell the people who entered the haunted house that they were coming into an abandoned boarding school, and that their guide (another classmate at random) was to be their guide and take them though it. However, a lot of people didn’t listen to what I had to say, as they were either small children or too eager to get into the haunted house itself, which made my job quite frustrating. Still, I tried to do my job as best I could, and delivered my talk whenever possible.

(From left to right): Ainhoa Santos (me) and Nolan Young with our haunted house make-up on.
(From left to right): Ainhoa Santos (me) and Nolan Young with our haunted house make-up on.

When the party ended and the people left, my grade had to clean up the school, which was incredibly hard. I concentrated on getting paint, or “blood”, off of walls and mirrors, as it had been put there as decoration. However, some of the paint had dried, and it was very difficult to get it to come off. After that, I had to take out bags of trash and put all tables and chairs back to their original places in the lunchroom. At last, after being at school for basically a whole weekend, the Halloween party ended, and my classmates and I managed to get home by about seven thirty, after nearly three hours of entertaining children in the haunted house, and another three hours cleaning up the school.

Needless to say, I was exhausted.

Halloween Party: Before

Learning Outcomes:

  • Undertaken new challenges.
  • Worked collaboratively with others.

Goal: To help out at my school and keep the Halloween spirit alive.

I am quite excited about preparing Halloween this year. I have gone to the school’s Halloween party all my life, and it’s rather thrilling to be preparing it myself. However, I am also quite nervous. I am not bad at decorating or the arts, but I am not the best person to be around small children. I always have the feeling that I am too cynical or boring for them. However, I will try my best to organise fun and active games for them to enjoy themselves.

I expect the party itself will be fun, but organising everything will probably be stressful, as we do not have much time to do so. However, if we, the 11th graders, manage to organise our time efficiently, this may not be a problem. Still, I highly doubt this will be the case.

I am sure that we will have to face many problems, such as the aforementioned limited time to organise the party. In addition to this, we, the people who will decorate the school, will probably have to improvise some decorations, as we might not have too many materials to work with. However, I hope the PTO will help us with that.

As difficult as it will be, I am excited to participate in this party nonetheless!