By Paige Jackson’24
On Saturday, October 28, The Frederick Gunn School Highlanders gathered in their best facades for a night of haunted revelry at The Halloween Dance. The prefects and Dean of Students office took on the responsibility of organizing this spooky event. The festivities took place that evening from 8-10 pm in the dining hall. While it was not a mandatory event, everyone was encouraged to come and in their best costumes. They hired a DJ and supplied snacks, pizza, drinks, and lots of Halloween décor.
Students dressed in a plethora of costumes: Men in Black, Subway Surfers, Barden Bellas, Harry Potter, Catwoman, Little Red Riding Hood, and more. The prefects ran a contest, with each winner receiving a $25 PO gift card. The solo costume contest was won by Sophie Smart, who went as Velma. The best group costume went to Ace Watson, Tucker Mears, and Alex Levin, who dressed as Luigi, Mario, and Princess Peach. Lastly, Riker Napoleane took the prize for best dancer. The ‘BooReal’ photo booth at last year’s dance was a huge success, with dozens of pictures in it posted on Instagram. Eung-Jay Lee, prefect and Highlander journalist, foreshadowed the possibility of another photo booth this year.
The Highlander News Network interviewed students who attended the dance last year on their experience. “It was a good community event,” noted Emily Fonte ‘24. “Everyone made it really exciting!” “The part of the dance that I am looking forward to the most is not being in the lower gym,” Avery Clement, ‘25, stated prior to this year’s dance. “That was bad.” The majority of the student body was very happy for it to be in the dining hall this year.
Overall, the dance was a success. Students danced for hours, took pictures with their friends, and spent the rest of the evening prior to check-in running around in their costumes. After the dance, Cookie Monster, the Men in Black, soldiers, and a gaggle of other characters were found playing basketball, showing that the Highlanders make everything a good time.