BREAKING NEWS: Boarders allowed to leave campus on Halloween


Berklee Antecol

Jarra Jallow (‘25) excitedly gets ready to dress up for Halloween after hearing some intriguing news. Jarra starts trying on different Halloween costumes on the hunt for the perfect way to dress up. “Hearing the news made me want to find the perfect costume!” said Jarra. This excitement shows the costume hunt is beginning not just for Jarra, but for all Webbies.

Boo! This year, Halloween is on a Monday. This frightening day was especially scary for boarders because they were uncertain about whether students were allowed to leave campus on Halloween or not. If boarders cannot leave campus, Halloween plans for everyone in the community would be altered: no trick or treating, no parties, and no family traditions.  

Luckily, the spook is over. The deans have accounted for student concerns and changed plans. On the week of October 30th, Monday dinner will replace the usual Tuesday dinner; instead of leaving campus for dinner on Tuesday, students will be allowed to do so on Halloween. On that Monday, students will be able to celebrate Halloween, with a return time of 9 P.M. 

If boarders do not want to leave campus or do not have access to transportation, there will also be a Haunted House set up by faculty members in the Quonset hut next to the pool. Although more information can’t be disclosed yet, the Deans hope that celebrations off campus and on campus will help unite the community.  

“Students can bond together off-campus through trick-or-treating,” said Rick Duque, Dean of Students. “Taking place on campus, the new Quonset Haunted House can be an opportunity for students to celebrate and make new memories with each other while getting to know the facilities. It’s very new and very exciting.” 

Before Halloween, there will also be a lot of festivities available to bring Webb Halloween traditions to life and make the community feel at home. Leadership programs around the school are all hosting their own events.  

For example, the day student prefects are hosting the Fall Social this year. On Saturday, October 22nd, you can expect a wide variety of food, a pumpkin carving competition (with prizes for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd places). You can also expect a screening of the Halloween classic: The Shining on October 22nd .  

“I’m really excited for the venue we have. I think this year will be a lot better with the lessened COVID protocols,” Zac Wang (‘23) said. “I’m hoping that we can have the same or even more student participation than last year.” 

A week later on October 29th, the peer advisors are going to host the annual Zombie Apocalypse. In this frightening event, students play a huge game of tag. “Zombies” lurk around campus trying to tag students. After two hours, people who survive the apocalypse and solve the puzzles released on STAS get a prize. There are multiple winners, too: the most creative cheater, the first to solve puzzles, and more!   

“I think this will top last year’s Zombie Apocalypse,” said Neria Spence (‘24). “We have a lot in store. Be ready.” 

On that same day, the prefect council is also hosting the Haunted Tours. With masks finally being optional and the slow decline of COVID in the community, the Haunted Tours can finally take place indoors this year. Instead of setting up three tents on Chandler Field, Haunted Tours will take place in the Alf Musuem. The Council is confident that this year’s Haunted Tours will be one to remember. 

“I think without COVID, this year will be a lot more fun,” said Griffin Suttner (‘25). “I’m super excited for all the events this year. Definitely going.” 

There will be countless ways for students to show their excitement for the fall season. Whether it is personal like planning a group costume or communal like going to one of the many events available, scholars can happily celebrate Halloween. 

“One of the most exciting aspects of this year is that the COVID protocols are slowly going away, and everything is starting to go back to normal. Now, students can interact with more people in more unique places,” said Nathan Silva, Student Services Coordinator. “I think that the Webb events are prime times for the community to get to know each other after summer. I am looking forward to it!”