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Students discuss their plans for Halloween and how they have changed from years past

Many students have family Halloween traditions that have changed as they’ve gotten older
By Hailey Perrin

The ways people celebrate the holidays change and evolve as they change. Students discuss their plans for Halloween this year and how these plans have changed from years past.

While some participate in extravagant traditions and some just relax at home, there are many ways to celebrate. Sophomore Lilly Gibson discusses her family’s Halloween traditions.

“Every Halloween, I go to Wichita to stay with my mom. We go to Cowtown, where we take my little siblings to go trick or treating,” Gibson said. “Also, there’s a haunted walkway and they serve apple cider and hot chocolate.”

Junior Lilly Rugenstein plans to do similar activities this year, but here in Shawnee.

“I’m going to my friend’s neighborhood and we’re going to walk around with all of her little siblings as they go trick or treating and sort of babysit them,” Rugenstein said.

Once you hit your adult years, I feel like a lot of people won’t let you trick or treat. I feel like that’s the same thing for teenagers and I don’t really like that because it’s fun.

— Prachi Kalirai

These are very different from how students celebrated the day when they were younger. Gibson reflects on her old traditions.

“It used to be that every Halloween my dad’s side of the family and my mom’s side of the family and my step-parents, we would all meet for Halloween,” Gibson said. “We would go to this really small town called Leon and we would trick or treat there through this small town.”

Sophomore Prachi Kalirai thinks that This change in traditions can be sad, especially when it comes to aging out of certain activities.

“Once you hit your adult years, I feel like a lot of people won’t let you trick or treat,” Kalirai said. “I feel like that’s the same thing for teenagers and I don’t really like that because it’s fun.”

Rugenstein agreed about the sentiment of being too old to trick or treat.

“Usually I go trick or treating I love trick or treating but it’s a little awkward being almost 17 [years old] and knocking on people’s doors for candy,” Rugenstein said.

Aging isn’t the only thing that can affect how students celebrate the holiday, changes to family structures can also cause shifts in celebrations.

“How I’ve grown up has affected how I celebrate it just because of moving pretty far away from my mom. It’s made it difficult to do the same thing as I used to do with her,” Gibson said.

Furthermore, schools have changed their views on Halloween, actively encouraging students not to wear costumes as opposed to the parties had in elementary school.

“​​We used to have actual School held Halloween parties and those were always tons of fun,” Rugenstein said. “We’d have a parade for each of the grades and we’d go through the school. ”

Overall, Rugenstein likes the holiday for its good memories.

“I really like Halloween,” Rugenstein said. “It brings a lot of good memories for me. It was always so much fun to go out and run around my neighborhood, see all my neighbors, see all the fun costumes. I’ve never had a bad Halloween before and so it’s just a good time.”

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Evan LeRoy, JagWire reporter/photographer
This is sophomore Evan LeRoy’s first year on the JagWire staff. Evan is a reporter for both the newspaper staff and for the broadcast staff. Outside of school Evan likes to perform, take walks and spend time preparing for his next performance. Evan is excited to learn all the skills he will need to do both print and video journalism. Evan is excited to be a part of both groups and is excited to tell all the important stories the people of Mill Valley need to know.
Hailey Perrin, JagWire reporter/photographer
This is junior Hailey Perrin’s second year on the JagWire staff. She is looking forward to another year of designing and some more exploring in writing and photography. Outside of the newspaper room she enjoys traveling, anything creative and photography. If she is not doing one of those things she will be with her friends having the time of her life.