2017 11 03 Hero Halloween 1920 IMG 3525Halloween has long been a special holiday at Nueva, and, like so many of the favorite traditions of our school, it’s foremost a celebration of student creativity.




Hillsborough Campus

The celebration at the Lower School started early in the morning with a parade for grades preK–4. For many students, the parade is an opportunity to show off homemade designs and imaginative characters they conjured up. Head-turning costumes this year included an environmentally conscious sea turtle, a plate of Japanese sweets, a bottle of ketchup with remote-control fries, a full-body pink sparkle, and a glowing jellyfish.

Halloween DSC03751After the parade, lower school students gathered in the ballroom to learn the history of Halloween, followed by a morning of festive activities run by teachers and parent volunteers.

The day culminated in the Fourth Annual Second-Grade Pumpkin Drop. In the days leading up to Halloween, second graders engineered protective gear—all wildly unique designs—to save their pumpkins from a perilous plummet from the Mansion balcony to the patio below.



Nueva Lower School Halloween Parade 2017


Bay Meadows Campus

At Bay Meadows, middle school students joined the upper school community for a raucous parade in the school gym. While the middle school band played Michael Jackson’s Thriller, students and faculty took turns strutting across a makeshift stage, a few even twirling and back-flipping along the way. Some tossed candy to the crowd. Others posed with their friends in group costumes. Clever stylings included the months of the year, the cast of Hamilton, Google Maps and a Googler, and french toast being chased by a chef.

“The homemade costumes are the best," said Ninth Grade Dean Hillary Freeman. "I love the fact that we all get together and try something different every year.”

For some students, Halloween signaled the beginning of the holiday season. “My favorite thing about Halloween is that it’s a day closer to Christmas,” said tenth grader Jack B., who dressed up as his favorite holiday hero, Santa Claus.

Following the gym parade, students enjoyed photo booths and inflatable bounce houses in the courtyard.


By Louise Schultze, Editor/Writer and Mitzi Mock, Digital Storyteller

November 3, 2017




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