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Students in costume hold candy bags and smile in line for a haunted house.

There’s no better place to spend Halloween—or rather, Emmaween—than a gothic campus. The setting is perfect for all manner of mischief, costumes, candy, and haunted activities and our campus community rises to the occasion every year!

The celebrations start sometime in September. Dean of Students Shelley ‘The Queen of Ween’ Maher starts to fill the stairwell in Sage with her bone-chilling treasures: clowns, witches, a nefarious jester, and all manner of animatronic contraptions haunt the corners of the halls throughout the month till Emmaween. 

Employees in halloween costumes standing in front of the library.

Though costumes are encouraged but not required, most Emma students and EMployees get creative and join in. This year’s costumes featured: Buzz Lightyear, Mario & Luigi, Greta Gerwig and several Barbies (weird or otherwise), pirates, a box of popcorn, Alice and Wonderland (along with the Mad Hatter and others), a plague doctor dragging a patient in a bag, Napoleon Dynamite, insurance icons Flo and Jake, Ms. Frizzle and the Magic School Bus, Peter Pan, Wednesday Addams (also a Gomez Addams), Disney villains, and countless more. It might be a no-homework night, but classes still meet and continue: one might walk through the classrooms of Slocum and see a teacher in costume leading a discussion to desks featuring The Lorax, among others.

Students in the dining hall eat breakfast in halloween costumes.

This year the Proctors and Prefects have prepared an Emmaween Fair with lantern making, face painting, and tote-bag prep (so that everyone has the perfect bag to collect candy)! Trick-or-treating is available all around campus from faculty and neighbors, while EmmaDining has cooked up treats to delight as the costume contest and parade sponsored by the Student Diversity Leadership Group (SDLG) takes over the dining hall. 

A group of students dressed as characters from Alice in Wonderland pose for a photo.


Teachers dressed as Ms. Frizzle and the Magic School Bus pose in the library.

The Wellies are hosting crafts and a movie night, and s’mores and cider around a fire on the senior triangle (open to all!) is put on by the School Council, and of course: the haunted house. Senior Prefects and Proctors gave a preview of the haunt’s themes with a special interactive video experience at Morning Reports on Monday: they’ll be taking over Slocum Basement as the sun sets for a truly bone-chilling experience. 

A classroom smiles at the camera, everyone dressed in Halloween costumes.


A student dressed as Peter Pan smiles at the camera in classroom.

Wednesday morning sees us saying goodbye to our beloved Emmaween, feeling a little bit tired as we adjust to a regular day and schedule, but knowing that there will always be next year and for now, fangs for the memories Emma! 

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