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Nightmare on MLK Blvd: What CB Students Are Doing For Halloween

(image courtesy of Creative Commons) The pitch black sky over a well-lit street. The joyous laughs of children that approach every fall. The sound of bags shaking, each filled to the brim with treats to be consumed before the clock strikes one. For many, Halloween is the best night of the year, a night of […]

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The pitch black sky over a well-lit street. The joyous laughs of children that approach every fall. The sound of bags shaking, each filled to the brim with treats to be consumed before the clock strikes one. For many, Halloween is the best night of the year, a night of crypts, costumes, candy, and camaraderie.

Whether it be trick or treating or watching horror movies, everyone has their own way of celebrating the All Hallow’s Eve.

“It’s funny because going up, I didn’t really like Halloween,” says Mr. Christopher Symkowick-Rose, a religion teacher with a newfound love for the holiday. “I always thought it was too stressful. I didn’t like putting on costumes. My favorite Halloweens were when I had children and they were excited about Halloween.”

“When my kids were ages five to eight — I think those are the magic age of Halloween for kids.”

However, he did have some amazing Halloween memories to share from his childhood.

“The last year I went trick-or-treating was in seventh grade. We came home with an insane amount of candy. We went as golfers and filled an entire golf bag with candy. It was probably 40 pounds of candy by the end of the night.”

For this upcoming Halloween, Mr. Symkowick-Rose plans on celebrating with his family.

“I love the traditions of Dia de los Muertos, and every year, we put up an altar in our house. We put up an altar to remember those who we’ve lost. It’s a time of year where we acknowledge mortality but also celebrate the lives of the people who have gone before us.”

Science teacher and CB Cross Country coach Mr. Danny Delgado ‘77 clearly remembers his most enjoyable Halloween.

“When I was younger, my dad put us all in the station wagon and we all went to Greenhaven. Going out to Greenhaven, where we thought they were so much better off then we were, they gave full size candy bars. It was totally unknown to us.” 

In recent years, Mr. Delgado spends his holidays with the cross-country team.

“I often would have members of the cross country team come over to my house, and we would decorate the front yard and the kids would put on their makeup. And we would act out a Halloween theme from a car wreck, to graveyard, to what we called ‘dance hall of the dead’. We also did a clown carnival.”

He recalls an encounter regarding a woman and her child approaching his house years later with fond memories of their display.

“After several years of this, a woman came by with a little kid and she shared with us that she remembered that this was the scariest house on the block.”

Mr. Delgado plans to continue his Halloween with the tradition of Dia de los Muertos.

“Sometimes we’ll do something post-Halloween, which is Dia de los Muertos out in the cemetery. I’ll set up an altar to commemorate the people who have passed.”

But teachers aren’t the only ones who have plans for this upcoming Halloween; many students have their own views on the holida, as well as special stories to share. Valeria Rosseau Nunez (‘22) often reminisces about a Halloween just three years ago.

“My favorite Halloween had to be in 2018,” Valeria said. “I was 14 — it was my cousins’ first Halloween. She had dressed up as a little lion. A few of my friends came over and we walked around the whole town. Afterward, we sat down and watched The Nightmare Before Christmas.”

Joseph Yagen (‘22) recalls when he and his friends all dressed up together for a spectacular Halloween.

“We all dressed up as characters from Bob’s Burgers. Everyone sort of fit into their costumes. I had Jean, the very fun and energetic character. We all went to school in costumes and had one of those parades where everyone went to go up in their costumes. Our costumes won because they were the best costumes.”

Cory Cruze (‘22) had a more intimate favorite Halloween with his family.

“My favorite Halloween was when I was young and I went as a wizard. My mom, dad, stepmom, and stepdad were all there. It was cool to have my whole family there.”

Valeria said that her dream costume for Halloween would be of an animatronic dinosaur.

“I want to dress up as one of those dinosaurs you see at Universal studios and scare kids.”

If possible, Cory would dress up as one of his favorite superheroes for Halloween.

“If I had an unlimited budget, I’d probably go as Iron Man with a full suit, lights, and sound effects. It would be so cool to have a screen accurate costume.”

Joseph says he would want to pick the craziest thing he could picture.

“I would be Optimus Prime Because of how unrealistic it is.”

With Halloween approaching fast, there is definitely an underlying feeling approaching with each day that passes. Whether or not you celebrate the Holiday, it’s impossible to deny the cultural relevance it has to the modern world, and how important it is with bringing people together in an already divided world. So if you’re on the fence for whether or not you should get into the spooky atmosphere of Halloween, why not participate in a little fun or at least join in the CB spirit?

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