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Halloween Parade & Pumpkin Patch
Elizabeth McDonnell

The end of October was all treats and no tricks for our student ‘ohana! Campus was joyfully filled with creative, fun, and sometimes spooky costumes on Friday, October 29th in celebration of Halloween. 

The fun-filled day kicked off with a visit to the Halloween pumpkin patch, organized by our amazing parents of the PTF. “I feel like I’m in a dream!” shouted Ella in The Priory’s grade 2 as she chose one of the pumpkins scattered across the park on Queen Emma Square. The students also enjoyed games, snacks, and taking photos under the Halloween-themed balloon arch.

After the K-4 students visited the pumpkin patch, all the Lower School students participated in the Halloween parade, which was supported by our Upper School student council members. Faculty also cheered on our students as they paraded around Queen Emma Park and all through the downtown campus. Led by Winnie the Pooh, HSSC member Kayin Bohnet, the parade of K-6 students got to trick or treat as faculty, staff, and Upper School clubs happily passed out candy.

Prep kindergartener Jack Bickerton reflected on the day saying, "Our Prep Big Brothers helped us pick our pumpkins. We played corn hole. We had a parade. I liked trick or treating at the parade. I liked the chickens!!"

“We got to do costumes and we got to do a parade and we got to go in a haunted house and we even got to see a big, ginormous chicken,” Amanda in the Priory’s grade 2 excitedly commented.

Because of weeks of planning, our students were able to stay in their cohorts and follow other COVID protocols to ensure everyone’s safety and enjoyment. “It was so fun to have this tradition again, “said Lower School Principal Kaʻipolani Bailey-Walsh fondly. “Thekeiki had such a great day dressing up, searching for the perfect pumpkin, and collecting candy from our faculty and staff and student groups. The Halloween parade and pumpkin patch lifted the spirits of our students and the entire school community.”

A special thank you to our HSSC and Spirit Committee Members Mikayla Maeshiro, Kayin Bohnet, Jessica Mukai, Angela Yu, Janice Cheng, Sophia Ching, Lauren Nakashima, Megan Burge, Julie Wong Hannah Moses, Saniya Ulukita, Amelia Levy, Nicole Takahashi, Lesley Bray-Toguchi; as well as our Upper School Student Clubsincluding Interact, Hui Hauʻoli, Hope Lodge/Kindness Club, Japanese Club, Culture & Culinary Club, Middle School Math Club, GSA, Book Club,and the Its;and of course our wonderful Parent Teacher Fellowship for making this special day come together. 

View all the photos from this amazing day in our photo gallery HERE.