For Ecole Providence students, Halloween celebrations stretched over two days, due to the women of the school’s mentorship program coming in on Monday having prepared all kinds of treats and engaging the kids in games and crafts related to Halloween.
The Grade 5 and 6 students continued the school tradition of building the “haunted tunnel,” the day prior to Halloween, an undertaking the kids design and build themselves with only supervision from teachers and staff.
On Halloween, the Grade 5 and 6 students take the kindergarten and younger kids through the haunted tunnel, occasionally discovering to their alarm how successful and scary their creation is when the smaller kids finds the tunnel genuinely frightening.
Of course, the students were not the only ones celebrating Halloween as the teachers and staff at Providence also got in costume each dressing up as the Paper Bag Princess from the Robert Muench children’s book. One staff member dressed as the dragon and Providence’s lone male teacher Peter Jasenski dressed in the role of Prince Ronald.
Various grades had pumpkin carving and colouring contests, with the winners receiving a trick or treat bag.
The kids also had a Halloween party with cupcakes and cookies for snacks, parents and siblings also attended.
“It is very important that the kids enjoy themselves and have fun on Halloween, because they really look forward to it,” says Ecole Providence Principal, Krista Veitch. “We set up a schedule of Halloween events. The teachers know there is little point following the regular schedule that everything must be in some way connected to Halloween and we try to make sure they go home feeling happy and satisfied that they had a great day.”