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Halloween Happenings in Panther Nation

In October, Midway campuses proved Halloween can be more than costumes and candy. Oh, there were costumes of course– in conjunction with Red Ribbon Week, multiple campuses dressed up in costumes to show both their Halloween spirit and anti-drug awareness. Monsters and ghouls roamed the hallways (between classes) with movie characters and classic costume favorites, all donning red bracelets as students promised to stay drug-free.

Plus, Midway High School orchestra students dressed in costume to perform live to Nosferatu, a silent film based on Dracula, with a custom-written score by MHS Orchestra Director Dr. Beau Benson. The audience enjoyed the unique performance as Indiana Jones conducted Greek gods and a chicken, as well as doppelgangers of pop star PSY, Mr. Spock and Assistant Orchestra Director Terrence Guerrero.

Several elementary schools continued the tradition of decorating pumpkins as favorite literary characters, although Spring Valley students got crafty as they decorated their pumpkins “rock and roll style” to celebrate the school’s theme for the year: “Rockin’ the Valley.”

The MHS Swim Team hosted the annual Spooktacular Swim Meet, always held on Halloween weekend, and Midway’s boys and girls teams both won (sans-costumes) for the sixth year in a row.

On Halloween day, Woodway Elementary students had a fun experience learning about history at the First Street Cemetery, thanks to a two-year grant from the Midway Education Foundation. In addition to student actors reporting on the lives of important Wacoans and events, students practiced orienteering with scavenger hunt maps, learned about art and symbolism while making crayon rubbings, and integrated technology by using iPads to take videos, photos and notes.