Chatter and chaos fills the halls of Andover High School, and it’s quite evident that Halloween has arrived with the usual array of enthusiasm–or lack thereof. Costumes range from the simple, such as a cardboard box, to other getups that are extremely complex. The spectrum has a huge range from those who fully commit to those that make no effort whatsoever. Either way, many students are taking advantage of this chance to fully express their creativity, and everyone is impressed.
One group who did not shy away from the possible repercussions concerning their costumes are those dubbed as “the rollerbladers.” These boys embraced their love for hockey and were witnessed most blocks skating through the halls. As the sounds of wheels against tile floors became increasingly vociferous, student attention diverted to the slight anarchy in the halls. It’s not every day one can witness rollerblading in the halls, and the opportunity was taken advantage by everyone, as the sentence “Have you seen the rollerbladers?” was heard reverberating throughout the entire student body.
The idea has been done before, but former attempts that included roller-skates as a form of transportation resulted in penalties with varying severity. Still, this did not stop these two from taking the chance. Sean Enright was extremely excited by the idea. He said, “Hockey equals skates. Skates equals rollerblades. Rollerblades equals flying around AHS. I’ve been flying.”
One student, however, Will Sauerbrunn, got his skates taken away fairly early in the day by Assistant Principal Valverde. Sauerbrunn, however, was not angry about this. When describing the incident he said, “I was rollerblading around the hallways and I turned the corner and Dr. V [was] right there. I wasn’t going to be a disrespectful student and run.” As noble as Sauerbrunn’s refusal to run may have been, it did result in the loss of a key aspect of his costume.
Sauerbrunn is not the only participant that has had to make a sacrifice. Whereas the “rollerbladers” are wearing a costume that gives them an exciting, effective method of transportation, Kaegan Casey, senior, sacrificed his ability to walk with ease. Casey spent the day in an extremely creative costume; he stood inside a bulky yet comical rodeo costume. When questioned about his costume’s inhibition of his movement Casey said, “It only lets your legs move a little. It’s very hard to walk.” Casey’s suffering, however, served as a source of amusement to others. His commitment to the holiday renews each student’s love for this crazy day of imposters and pretenders.
Although a large number of students have embraced Halloween in a festive fashion, not all have the ability and/or desire to dress up as ridiculously as their peers. The majority of underclassmen did not wear a costume, and many upperclassmen also came to school in their normal clothes. Emily Hilman, a junior, was one such student lacking a spooky appearance. Hilman’s reason for this: “I didn’t plan ahead and didn’t have a costume to dress up in. I definitely would have dressed up, but I didn’t plan ahead.”
Hilman’s regrets are unfortunate, but the plus side of Halloween is that it arrives every year, so those who didn’t seize the chance today have another shot at wowing people next year.
The large number of students who decided to dress up is an indicator of strong school spirit, and despite the average age of the student body, people aren’t afraid to embrace their inner little kids they once were, and dress up for a day. Dr. Lord says, “This is one of the best spirit days I’ve seen here since I’ve been here; it’s great. So many kids fired up in their own special way. Awesome creativity, really well done.”
By Mari Nagahara, Laura O’Brien, Alexandra Scott, and Emily Tamarkin