Milford Senior High School (MHS) students are busily preparing for their 6th Annual Haunted Hallways. Each year over 2,000 Milford community members have attended this event, and this year the crowd may be even larger. It involves several student groups who join together by the desire to offer community children, who are 12 and under, a safe and weather controlled Trick or Treat experience. MHS’s Haunted Hallways will occur on Friday, October 25 from 6 to 7:30pm.
Haunted Hallways takes the high school and transforms it into a maze of kid friendly haunts. Turning the ordinary into the extraordinary in the Milford community. “I hope that families who attend and participate learn that MSD truly cares about our community,” said MHS Vice Principal Seth Buford. “We are a part of the community, and we want to provide opportunities for everyone who lives in and around our community.”
Milford students have been busy practicing organization and planning skills while they coordinate with other student groups and teacher advisors in order to decorate their section of hallway for the arrival of Milford community members. Teachers and students have recognized the need for the community and school to join together for this event which supports local children. Each student organization has adopted a hallway, planned the decorations and will man the hallway that night passing out candy to the elementary school children. Organizations including HOSA – future health professionals; Student Government; Educators Rising; GSA; Drama Club; Science Department; Optimist Club; Milford Education Association; NHS; Morris Early Childhood Center; Milford Parks and Rec; Delaware Career Association; FFA and MCA student Council.
“Students who participate in the event learn about service to their community and working with others,” said Buford. “This effort takes a considerable amount of coordination and time. ‘
Students are asking community businesses to help sponsor this popular event with donations of either cash, candy or other child friendly giveaways. Any money collected from local businesses and individuals will go into a Haunted Hallways specific account to be used by programs that do not typically raise money to purchase candy or other hand-outs for our Trick-or-Treaters. If enough is donated, some funds can be used for more elaborate decorating of the hallways. Last year almost every organization decorated the school either out of money they had earned with fundraisers or out of the teacher’s own pockets.
All sponsors will be recognized in the Sponsor’s Great Pumpkin Patch which will be located just outside the entrance to the Haunted Hallways. The greater the donation, the greater the pumpkin size. Any community members who would like to contribute can contact Milford High School at 302-422-1610 or can leave their donation of candy or money with the secretary in the main office at the high school.
“My favorite part is watching the joy on everyone’s faces,” said Buford. “From the smallest of our community members to our students who volunteer and help support this event. I think it also gives some of our older students a way to connect with their childhood and relive those great memories of trick-or-treating.”
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