Spooktacular Hall-oween Event at Portland High School Draws Over 800 Families
Halloween spirits were in full swing on Oct 25 as Portland High School hosted a spine-tingling extravaganza that drew in over 800 families from the local community. These 800 families included students of all ages. This event was brought to life by the dedicated efforts of PHS clubs, sports teams, and activities groups. In total there were 33 teams and clubs, along with four community organizations who decorated and hosted “trick or treat” stations.
The event not only showcased the incredible talent and creativity of Portland High School's students but also fostered a sense of community spirit. Students, parents, and community members joined hands to make the event a roaring success. In addition to the school's own clubs and teams, the Halloween event saw the participation of four community organizations that added an extra layer of excitement. Local businesses and nonprofit organizations set up booths, offering treats and tricks for the attendees. Their presence emphasized the strong bond between the high school and the community it serves.
Hall-oween started at PHS in 2017. Jason Haid, a teacher at the time and now the PHS Post Secondary Coordinator, brought the idea to PHS. At the time, the Community Outreach staff group ran the "Trunk or Treat" at PHS (chaired by Paige Patterson with Jason Haid and Allison DeGroot directing the event). Instead of the traditional outdoor trunks, the group decided to host indoors. After a few years of hosting the event, student groups were involved and doors were already assigned. This event became one that needed to be overseen by a staff but could be run by students. Theresa Getchell stepped up and has continued the event by handling communication and our wonderful staff/coaches and students have continued the tradition of hosting their corresponding doorway. PHS evolved during COVID and used Eventbrite as a sign up procedure to help with the crowds. This was a great event to continue to host through the pandemic.
The Hall-oween event at Portland High School brought together students, families, and the broader community. This event serves as a testament to the power of community involvement and the dedication of the school's students, clubs, and teams. Next year’s Hall-oween event is tentatively scheduled for October 23, 2024.