Reinventing a Halloween Celebration
Dale Yamamoto
Last week, the Lower School students celebrated Halloween a little differently on campus at the Parent Teacher Fellowship (PTF) sponsored “Pumpkin Patch in the Park.”
 
Every year, the PTF holds school events that are aimed to benefit students and the school community. One signature event is the annual Monster Mash, which is held in October and has become a staple among the Halloween festivities around campus. Monster Mash started in 2014 when parents in the PTF thought they should host a family-friendly Halloween event just for the Lower School. Through the years, it has become a family favorite and a collaborative effort of PTF and the 9th grade students. The 9th graders would create a theme for Treat Street and design booths for the students in grades kindergarten through third to Trick-o-treat. They would also create games/arts and crafts booths for the kids. PTF provided complimentary food and snacks, which included hot dogs, cotton candy, popcorn, and shaved ice. Last year's event had more than 300 students and family members in attendance!
 
Due to the restrictions of gatherings, Monster Mash was canceled and so were all the field trips for the students. Because the Lower School students usually go to a pumpkin patch for one of their fall field trips, the PTF thought to reinvent the signature fall event by creating “Pumpkin Patch in the Park.” 
 
The event consisted of PTF-donated Aloun Farm pumpkins, which were scattered around James and Abigail Campbell Park, and three trick-or-treat stations. The Prep and Priory Lower School kindergarten through 3rd grade classes took turns exploring the park to choose a pumpkin and get a treat. Although students in grades 4 to 6 did not participate (just as in Monster Mash), they still were given treat bags. 
 
Pumpkin Patch in the Park was a great success. Lower School Principal, Kaʻipo Bailey-Walsh thanked the PTF by saying, “The smiles, laughter, and excitement on the faces of our students was extremely gratifying to watch as they entered the park and ran around to find their pumpkin. We know that it took many hands and much effort to make this event happen, and we deeply appreciate all of you for thinking of our keiki during this time. You made Halloween happen for them!”