Ghost Walk is a Spooky Success

Ghost Walk is a Spooky Success

 David King ’22
Contributing Writer

 Boo!… Did I scare you? Halloween was a night like no other at Western Reserve Academy. The moon was bright and blue. The costumes were out. Candy was accounted for. However, what really took the spotlight was the Service Leader’s first-ever Ghost Walk. This innovative, pandemic friendly take on the previous years’ Haunted Woodhouse and Hayden was an outdoor journey guiding the audience through ghost stories around the world. Beginning at the sinister blue firepit next to Hobart (perhaps the scariest building on campus this year), tour guides carrying ominous lanterns led guests around campus with multiple stops along the way. At each station, actors from Mrs. Ong’s acting class reenacted gory stories from different global cultures. As Aline Dominguez ’21 states: “It was really fun to walk around and see my classmates act out different stories from different cultures.” Not only was the Ghost Walk a great way to promote cultural diversity during a global holiday, but through the work of the service leaders, the walk also raised money for two separate charities: Toys for Tots, which gives Christmas gifts to less fortunate children who cannot afford gifts, and The Akron Food Bank, which feeds roughly a quarter-million people per year. Hannah Ma ’22 recalled: “Not only was walking along the cross country course extremely spooky, but knowing that the money was going towards a good cause made the night all the more exciting.” Guests were charged a mere two dollars at the start of the tour to cover the charity fee and were greeted with hot apple cider at the conclusion of their journey. Many students embraced the warm beverage after their frigid trek through the woods behind the MAC. This new addition to the WRA community offered students the opportunity to delve into the holiday season through the frightening scares, as well exposure to myths and legends from other cultures; an innovative way for students to begin the holiday season! Delia Rabatin ’21, a co-president of the service leaders, enthusiastically proclaimed: “It was our first time organizing this event and with many screams and scares, it was a successful spooky Halloween.” Although the future of COVID-19 is unknown, it is safe to say that if next year’s Halloween enforces similar guidelines, the Service Leaders are here to bring a successful new tradition into our community. 

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