Fall Thriller gives opportunity to relax, socialize


Laughter and music filled the air as the sun slowly set.  Superheroes, mythical creatures, and frightening figurines walked around enjoying the festivities. Screams of pure terror came from the haunted house. It was the Fall Thriller.

“The Fall Thriller is a fundraiser so it helps the visual arts department. However, it is one of the few things that the whole school participates in. It is good for the school culture,” Glen Barefoot, visual arts teacher, said.

A special thanks went to Simone Mehlbaum, who, as Barefoot said, the event could have been done without.   Mehlbaum was coordinator for around four years and she helped everything run as smoothly as possible. This was her last year as coordinator.

“The person that has really helped the most is Mehlbaum. I mean, the amount of work Mehlbaum puts into this event is incredible,” Barefoot said. “She has helped sell more tickets and made things run more smoothly.”

One of the main attractions of the Fall Thriller was the haunted house. Each year there was a different theme picked out by the visual department. This year it was the Bloody Bayou.

“We almost bit off more than we could chew, with such a big design and all, but it came along great. It was an amazing build,” Barefoot said.

This was the tenth year for the haunted house. It had long been a favorite of the students and teachers, every year having a line that wraps around the building.

“[My favorite part was] the haunted house because you got to go in with your friends and you got scared together. You just had a blast,” Madelynne Hill, seventh grade strings major, said.

The haunted house may also been scary for some, but as Michelle DeSilva said, it was about the memory.

“Everyone should go in the haunted house even if they are afraid because it is a memory they will always have with them. It is all about making memories,”   DeSilva, social studies teacher, said.

The Fall Thriller also included a carnival in the gym and a dance party in the courtyard. It sold over 1,067 tickets and collected several pounds of food that will be donated to the Haitian victims of Hurricane Matthew. The threats of rain had subsided by 6:30 and, as DeSilva said, it provided an opportunity for students to relax and enjoy each other’s company.

“The Fall Thriller benefits the students because they get to make friendships that are not academic based,” DeSilva said. “They have the freedom to explore and enjoy themselves.”