Scarborough High School’s color scheme seems even more appropriate for this month’s impending holiday, and the school is taking that one step further as Halloween rapidly approaches. On Saturday, Oct. 28, the Spartans’ theatre program will host the inaugural “Fall-O-Ween” community festival on school grounds from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., and invite the community to join them in the spirit of celebration.
“It’s just the big community outreach project we wanted to do, and we want to show off what the new Scarborough looks like to the community,” said Scarborough Theatre Director Dominic Klovensky, who brainstormed the idea. “We just want it to become a time of fun, of fellowship with the community and time for people to get together and enjoy themselves.”
Scarborough is partnering with members from local schools such as Clifton Middle School, Katherine Smith Elementary and Black Middle School. Community members will have their delectable choice of barbecue, tamales, churros, papusas, quesadillas, brisket, Frito pie and more as they roam the grounds exploring kid-friendly games, dunk tank, a bounce house and a community fair, along with pumpkin painting, face painting, raffles and crafts for sale.
Inside, the decked-out haunted house weeks in the making will provide just the perfect mix of fright and fun. Klovensky said the school’s teachers have given maximum effort to the festival as well, decorating their doorways and lining the walls with Halloween-themed memorabilia, setting the scene for a splendid trick or treating experience.
“It’ll be a safe environment for the kids to come enjoy themselves,” he said. “Being in theatre, Halloween is a great time for us — it allows us to go crazier than normal, so I had the idea, and the district wanted to do some community outreach anyway — the stars all kind of aligned.”
Following the end of festivities outside and through the halls, Klovensky and his theatre students will be performing Night of the Living Dead in the school’s main auditorium at 2:30 p.m. Tickets will cost $2 for students and $4 for adults.
“It’s been a big push here, and we’re doing our best to make sure everybody has a great time,” he said, noting the festival is open free of charge to community members from all walks of life. “We’re opening all our doors, and we hope everyone can come enjoy themselves. We want young and old to join us, because we’re all young at heart.”