Halloween celebrations strengthen Keystone community

Nov 02 2023

Halloween celebrations strengthen Keystone community

“There is something haunting in the light of the moon.”
-Joseph Conrad

Halloween is a special time at Keystone, and maybe even more so than at other schools. Starting last Friday at the Little School with parades and activities and continuing on the main campus this week, students, teachers, and even some parents came to school in costumes that included princesses, Spiderman, Batman, and of course, Barbie and Ken.

The youngest Cobras commenced their fun with a parade, waving to an adoring crowd of parents, grandparents, and other relatives. Then, helped by parent volunteers, students decorated picture frames, artificial pumpkins, and flashlights, made bracelets, and played bean bag toss and hula hoops with their PE teachers, Coach R and Coach D. The children, parents, and parade-watchers enjoyed themselves thoroughly and took many, many pictures.

On the main campus, we held festivities on Halloween itself. The day started with our annual Lower School Halloween parade through campus. A few years ago during the COVID pandemic, we relocated the parade from the gym to outside to minimize the risk of infection. This has turned out to be a much better parade venue, and the chill did not dampen the joy we felt while cheering on the students in their costumes.

Over the course of the day, students observed the holiday with plenty of fun and treats during class parties. Librarian Ms. Vilagi sponsored an exhibit where students decorated pumpkins based on their favorite literary characters.

Middle school students competed during advisory in a number of games, including the mummy wrap, eyeball rally, pumpkin and broom race, and candy corn relay. They also held a costume contest and decorated cookies. While it was all in good fun, the students definitely wanted to win their games and devour the cookie creations.

As in other years, Upper School students competed hard for Spirit War points in a variety of activities. Their creativity showed through in the cake decorating contest, and in their video skits.

Selected teachers served as judges in awarding points for the cakes, the videos, and the yearly best dance competition. Representatives from each grade flew across the gym floor in the scooter race and moved almost as quickly in the old-fashioned three-legged contest. They concluded the competition with the dance contest. Congratulations to the junior class for winning the day’s events. This year’s Spirit War ends at the end of this school year, but it’s clear that the bragging rights for Halloween will continue long after this year’s seniors graduate.

On Halloween, Keystone students have an opportunity to experience the joy of being in community with peers and adults. Cobras work hard and they perform at a very high level in their academic, artistic, and athletic pursuits. That effort shows in the colleges acceptances and scholarships that they receive, and it helps propel Keystone into its rank as the city’s most highly rated private/independent school. It’s only fitting then that once in a while, they also play hard and enjoy a day of wholesome fun. We are proud of them, and we appreciate their eager participation in all they do.

Perhaps the most “frightening” event of this past Tuesday’s activities was witnessing the manner in which the Volleyball team dismantled their opponent in the regional competition. The Cobras handily defeated the Wolves from St. Francis Episcopal School of Houston 3-0 and moved to the next round of postseason play. They play Saturday morning against Round Rock Christian Academy in San Marcos. Not to be outdone, the Keystone soccer team looked extremely strong last Friday defeating Macedonian Christian Academy 3-1. They face off on Friday afternoon against First Baptist School-Brownsville in Kingsville. Good luck to both teams! Go Cobras!

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