Pumpkin to Talk About: Emmaween 2019

Kaitlin Resler
Where do we start? The faculty and staff group costumes (musical icons, irrational π-rates, jesters, GirlSummer campers and leaders, various personifications of irony), the aliens, some faeries, several inflatable animals waiting patiently in line in the dining hall, two presidential candidates, a supreme court justice, a nod to climate-change discovering alumna Eunice Foote, HIM, a few cowgirls, characters from The Wizard of Oz, a seagull, Spongebob, Beetlegeuse (Beetlegeuse, Beetlegeuse ), Mario and Luigi, an actual ghost, several mice, the cast of The Big Bang Theory, cheerleaders, clowns, rugby teams, or the astronauts? 

During the school day adults and students in all variety of costumes wandered campus, alternately getting work done as usual and taking breaks to scope out candy buckets outside offices. At morning reports in the chapel, Head of School Jenny Rao teamed up with Jacki Cioffi for some real bone-ticklers, followed by the usual informative presentations (with a scary skit), and a Rao Rumbles: Student Edition wherein Hajira H. '21 talked about perseverance (and dressed as her mom for Halloween!). 


As the day crept towards dinner, a line of students waited for the dining hall to open (the lure of chicken fingers, mozzarella sticks, worms in dirt, and soda was strong). Students collected more candy at their tables and danced until it was time for the costume parade and contest! Judged by a panel, featuring teachers dressed as Billie Eilish alongside Senators Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders, groups sauntered through the lower dining hall to show off their costumes and creations alongside faculty families. 

After the honorees were named everyone made their way back to Slocum, amid blustering winds, to check out the haunted house and escape rooms. Groups gathered in Lyon-Remmington and waited in the dark, aided only by Proctors with flashlights, for their turn to take a tour through the haunted basement. Screams filtered up through the stairway, and lights flashed along the windows at ground level. 

Another Emmaween is in the books with only 365 planning days left till next Halloween!

For more snaps from this year’s festivities, check out our album on SmugMug
    • Students in costume on campus

    • Faculty dressed as musical icons

    • Seniors as cowgirls on the Senior Triangle

    • Two Dorothys and a Judy at lunch

    • Green faeries with flowers

    • The Communications Jesters plus a nefarious Emma Dining Jester

    • Changing leaves and costumes on Emmaween

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