Halloween at MICDS this year was nothing short of spooktacular. Amid an overcast and dreary day, the halls and classrooms were full of students, faculty, and staff alike decked out in bright, clever costumes. With the holiday came the return of many thrilling customs from the Beasley Halloween Olson Hall Parade and Fifth Grade Halloween Party to the Upper School Halloween Assembly. From Junior Kindergarten through 12th grade, check out the photo galleries and videos of how we celebrated in the most bewitching of ways!
BOOeasley Lower School Cheer
Lower Schoolers dressed up in their frightfully cute costumes for their morning Halloween Assembly followed by the Lower School Olson Hall Halloween Parade. At the assembly, they sang Halloween songs with smiles the size of jack-o’lantern grins. Then, they marched through Olson Hall, greeting the Head of School, and were treated with stickers from the Alumni & Development and Admissions teams.
Halloween Parade Video
Lower School Halloween Assembly Gallery:
Middle School Mummies and Mirth
Per tradition, our youngest Middle Schoolers enjoyed the highly-anticipated Fifth Grade Halloween Party where the Dining Hall transformed into a celebration zone. Students enjoyed Halloween-themed games such as a ring toss with witch hats, limbo with chains, and bingo. In sixth grade, Parent Class Chairs made Halloween treat bags for the students. Seventh graders gathered for advisory time in Eliot Chapel for a spine-chilling game with fake spiders called “Creature Catchers.” Students were challenged to construct a “creature catcher” that would hold as many spider rings as possible when sprinkled on top and lifted off the ground. The winning advisories were the Looten advisory, whose catcher held all 20 spider rings, and the Halverson advisory, whose catcher held 19/20 spider rings! Then, eighth-grade students wrapped up the day by meeting at the MAC to compete in a mummy-making contest where one daring student from each advisory was transformed into a mummy with the help of toilet paper. The winning advisory earned the coveted Octiram as their prize.
Other Halloween festivities included painting miniature pumpkins and conducting science experiments. In Middle School Science Teacher Michelle Hrastich’s classes, students enjoyed a Halloween-themed chemistry lesson. “We’ve been learning about chemical and physical changes,” she said, “so they made s‘mores and carbonated juice with dry ice while reviewing the science concepts.” Check out the fun in Middle School below!
Fifth Grade Halloween Party Gallery:
Seventh Grade Advisories in Eliot Chapel:
Eighth Grade Mummies:
Pumpkins, Chemistry, Treat Bags, & Costumes:
Enchanting Upper School Fun
In the Upper School, dressing up in costumes is reserved exclusively for the seniors, but the entire Upper School gets to attend the Halloween Senior Assembly. At the assembly, seniors showcase small performances in their costumes for their peers. They also compete in a friendly game of musical chairs.
Halloween was also celebrated in a few other fun ways! The Acting 2 class created parodies of Halloween movies such as The Ring, The Sixth Sense, and The Exorcist. On Friday, they showed their “movies” during all three lunch periods in Orthwein Theater to anyone who dared to show up. In 10th grade, advisories competed in a pumpkin painting contest. Congratulations to the winners: 1st place = Huber Advisory; 2nd place = Trueman/Elliott Advisory; 3rd place = Grabarek Advisory!
In McCulloch Library, Upper School Library Assistant Aaron Elliott masterminded a series of clues to direct students on a scavenger hunt. Students used the catalog to find the books that the clues referenced. Each book held a “puzzle piece,” and when students had collected all 12 pieces, they taped them together to create a picture of where the prize was. The first prize was a gift card to the Novel Neighbor, an independent book store in Webster Groves. The “Hallowinners” were Emily Leyland ’25 and Avani Reddy ’25. The second and third prizes were copies of spooky books (Twilight and The Inheritance Games). All participants received candy.
Upper School Halloween Assembly:
Acting 2 Halloween Parodies:
Tenth Grade Pumpkin Decorating Contest:
Hallowinner Library Scavenger Hunt:
Fantastic Faculty and Staff Spirit
Last but not least, MICDS faculty and staff jumped into costume, too, to share in the Halloween hullabaloo.
However you celebrated, our Rams hope you had a Happy Halloween!