Halloween, short for Hallows’ Eve or Hallows Evening, is a cherished and time-honored European, Celtic and now American tradition. Although it has religious leanings, it has gradually become a ubiquitous secular event. During Halloween, children dress up in scary costumes, go door to door asking for candy and scare themselves silly in haunted houses. The main goal is to scream your head off and get a good sugar high.
In the past, MKV children have experienced this version of Halloween, but this year the event took a different turn. The school chose to celebrate Children’s Day on Thursday 31st October to allow the children to celebreate their youth and to have a great time. For once, Halloween was held on a weekday and there was no trick-or-treating. Nonetheless, children could come to school dressed as any character of their choice.
The eerie day began with a 'Dress Up Parade' which was open to parents and friends of the school. Our parents never disappoint, they released their creative juices and children came in all sorts of spooky attire. The school forecourt was a mishmash of characters such as, Mavis from Dracula, Penny Wise from It, Captain America, an old man and old woman from Ghana, the Devil from hell, a mermaid, Batman, Rapunzel, Allan of Otherland, Callie-Rose from Noughts and Crosses, a mummy, Eleanor of Avalor and Little Red Riding Hood.
Thereafter, there was PE and African Drumming. By 11.00am, these creatures were clearly exhausted and were rewarded with a movie, Ratatouille, and popcorn by the Student Council and this was followed by a cooling swim with Ms. Ritchie. As a fitting end to the celebrations, the children went trick-or-treating around MKV on Saturday, 2nd November 2019. They gathered at the Club House Car Park at 3.00pm prompt, to start the walk.
We wish to thank all staff and parents who contributed in diverse ways towards a successful Children’s Day. Ms. Tracy Ritchie, our Academic Coordinator, and Mrs. Catalina Price deserve special mention. Happy Children’s Day and Happy Halloween…whatever character you were! Trick-or-treat?