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Gurgaon schools set for spook fest on Halloween

Halloween has its origin in European countries where the people started dressing up as ghosts believing it will rid them of evil spirits

gurgaon Updated: Oct 30, 2017 22:09 IST
Leena Dhankhar
Leena Dhankhar
Hindustan Times
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Several schools in Gurgaon have been holding events in the run-up to Halloween.(HT PHOTO)

Halloween fever has spread across schools in Gurgaon and they are enthusiastically gearing up for the celebrations that will culminate on October 31.

The tradition of Halloween started in the European countries during ancient times when the last evening of summer was celebrated as the day when people lit fires and dressed as ghosts believing that this would ward off evil spirits.

The ritual has inspired the Vega School on Sohna Road to organise a Halloween Party on the last evening of October. The event will feature fun games and activities, like the mummy wrap, treat treasure hunt, ring the witch hat, pumpkin carving and a costume contest.

The fun surrounding the festival has piqued students’ curiosity and children have been reading and discussing literature to Halloween in school.

A Halloween theme based celebrations will also be organized in Lancers International School, DLF-5. Pre-schoolers, children reading in kindergarten and parent-volunteers will be a part of these celebrations. A classroom will be transformed into a scary room for the children to soak in the Halloween spirit.

There will be craft activities, where the students will make Halloween-theme crafts, such as 3D pumpkin decoration, mask making and Halloween home decorations. Volunteer parents will organize the food, complete with Halloween-inspired snacks and decorations.

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“Our children are excited to be a part of the Halloween celebrations at school. Our celebrations revolve around activities based on the theme of Halloween which will also let the children showcase their creativity,” said director of Lancers International School Rohit Mann.

Gurgaon is a home to a number of expatriates who celebrate the day. Furthermore, increasing number of Indians are now travelling and staying abroad and their exposure to foreign cultures is instrumental in driving the craze for Halloween in India.

Gilbert Kale Villamarina, parent of a student at Lancers, said, “I, too, feel the excitement as my child shares his ideas for Halloween. I am blown away by his enthusiasm and creativity; he shares how they talk about it in school.”

At Suncity School, Sector 54, children will be dress in Halloween inspired costumes. They are hosting celebrations where children would also research on the origin and roots of Halloween and share it with their peers and teachers.

Excelsior American School, Sector 43, celebrated Halloween with an inter-house competition. The task was to create a ‘horror corner’. The ‘ghost parade’, too, was a real show-stopper and caught everyone’s attention.

Various clubs, hotels, restaurants and mall shops are being given the get up of haunted houses and buildings and the events have already started that will culminate on October 31.

First Published: Oct 30, 2017 22:09 IST