Trick-or-treat! Marc Garneau celebrated the spookiest day of the year on 31 October 2017 with an eventful Halloween Spirit Day. Students were treated to several Halloween-themed activities in the cafeteria, which was decked out in spooky decor.

A Halloween fashion show and costume contest were held at lunch in the cafeteria for students and staff alike to show off their costumes. The audience deemed Grade 11 student Damisha Siddiqui the winner for her police officer costume, and she was awarded with a gift card.

Students lined up on stage for the Halloween costume contest. Photo: Justin Ye

Partners also took the stage to participate in Garneau’s first ever mummy wrapping contest. One partner wrapped the other in a whole roll of toilet paper and the first team to finish the roll were crowned the winners and received prizes. SAC President Lisa Wang thought the addition of the mummy wrapping contest inspired more people to participate and “raised a lot of spirit.” A photo booth was also available for students to take and print pictures with their friends. Throughout the day, SAC members also distributed candy to students dressed in costumes.

Students participating in the mummy wrapping contest. Photo: Justin Ye

With the newly-implemented house colour system, students were able to win points for their house by dressing up for Halloween. SAC’s grade representatives visited classrooms and ranked costumes either strong, medium, or weak and awarded points based on the ranking.

Additionally, MGCI’s Save the Syrian Children Club sold Halloween candy grams from 20 October to 27 October that were delivered on Halloween. All of the proceeds will be donated to Lifeline Syria.

In general, students were thrilled with all the Halloween festivities. The fashion show and mummy wrapping contest generated a lot of noise and cheers around the cafeteria. Grade 10 student Sadia Siddique said, “It was very entertaining, better than last year I think. I especially enjoyed the mummy wrapping.”

SAC’s Spirit Convenor Laksikaa Raja said, “I was very happy with the participation involving the Halloween contest and the mummy activity. It was great to see involvement with the teachers as well.” In the future, SAC hopes to increase participation through stronger promotion before spirit events.