Hi, everyone! I’m so excited that it was my second favorite time of the year to be at The Arc (next to the month of December.) I love all of the Halloween themed activities and arts and crafts that we do at The Arc during October. We do so many cool Halloween activities that I have to wait until after November 1st to send out and post the October Newsletter and monthly Blog so I can include everything. I asked my mom to paint my fingernails with bright orange nail polish with black glitter polish on top in anticipation.
This year, I chose to be Princess Jasmine from the Disney 1992 animated film, Aladdin. Before there was Princess Tiana from Disney’s 2009 animated movie, The Princess and the Frog, Jasmine was the only princess of color. Jasmine is beautiful confident and very wise. Jasmine is all of the things that I strive to be every day.
The new age of the Disney Princesses are sure of their selves. They’re very confident and they go after whatever it is that they want. So far, I have been Princess Ariel from The Little Mermaid, (1989) and Queen Elsa from Frozen, (2013) Princess Merida from Walt Disney / Pixar’s movie, Brave, (2012) Princess Elena from a production of the Disney Television Animation show named Elena of Avalor and most recently Princess Rapunzel from Walt Disney’s computer animated 2010 movie, Tangled. Because of my Cerebral Palsy, my mom has to make all of my Halloween costumes.
This month, I read Halloween stories to my fellow Arc Participants. I used my communicator, (with the help of YouTube) to read the books, BOO! by Robert Munsch, Moldilocks and the Three Scares! by Lynne Marie (In this version of the famous fairy tale, Moldilocks is a lonely zombie girl, and when the three scares find her in their home, they love it.) Also, Spookley The Square Pumpkin by Joe Troiano, (a story about how being different can be very helpful. Spookley the pumpkin wasn’t round- he was…square! A very unique pumpkin delivers a special message of tolerance and self-acceptance,) Fright Club by Ethan Long and of course one of my favorite Halloween books: The Hallo-Wiener by Dav Pilkey. I like picking books that make you laugh and think.
On Friday, October 18th, The Arc had our annual Pumpkin Decorating Contest.
The First Place Certificate for the most Radiantly Roguish and Dreadfully Delightful pumpkin winners were Classroom 4. Their decoration theme was, “A Picturesque Pumpkin Portrait of Fall.”
The Second Place Certificate for the most Creepily Cryptic or Bewitchingly Beautiful pumpkin winners were LEAP Classroom 1. Their decoration theme was, “Sights of the Silver Leaves of Autumn.”
The Third Place Certificate for the most Fiendishly Funny or Ghoulishly Giddy pumpkin winners were Classroom 9. Their decoration theme was, “It’s What is on the Inside that Counts.”
The Honorable Mention Certificate for the most Monstrously Mischievous and Atrociously Astonishing pumpkin winners were Classroom 11. Their decoration theme was, “Meet Melvin McPumpkin!” All of The Arc Participants and Staff Members were very proud of their pumpkin decoration creations.
Also, on Friday, October 18th, The Arc Participants had our annual Halloween Classroom Door Decorating Contest. The First Place Certificate for the most Monsterific Masterpiece Halloween Class Door Decoration was Classroom 12. Their decoration theme was, “Welcome to The Marriage of Mr. and Mrs. Frankenstein.” I’m very proud to say that the Second Place Certificate for the most Enchantingly Entertaining Halloween Class Door Decoration was awarded to my class, Classroom 7 (Press Club.) Our decoration theme was, “Have a Spiderlicous Pumptober.” Our classroom door was decorated with glittery foam pumpkins and spiders, designed by myself and my classmates. The Third Place Certificate for the most Delightfully Deranged and Ferociously Funny Halloween Class Door Decoration was awarded to Classroom 5. Their decoration theme was, “A Show of Hands for a Happy Halloween!” The Honorable Mention Certificate was for the most Unspeakably Unique and Abysmally Awesome Halloween Class Door Decoration was awarded to Classroom 9. Their decoration theme was, “Our Mummies Love Us!”
Special thanks goes to Staff Members, Allison C., (Director of Community Services Case Management) Lauren S., (Community Services Case Manager) Tina C., (Family Support Services Coordinator) Liz P., (Administrative Assistant for the Community Living Assistance Support Services program) and Karen R., (Community Services Case Manager) for being such awesome Halloween Classroom Door and Pumpkin judges for 2019.
On Wednesday, October 23rd, the CSCM—Community Services Case Management, CLASS—Community Living Assistance Support Services Case Managers and Administrative Staff Members that work in the upstairs offices had a Halloween Office Decoration Contest. Some of the Press Club Participants were the Halloween Office Decoration Judges.
Arc Press Club Participants, Samantha M. and John G and myself are very happy to say that the First Place Certificate was awarded to the CLASS Case Managers in CLASS Office A. Jane S., Kim F., Clarissa L., Sheila B., Elita S., and Kristina L. Their Halloween decoration theme was named, “Beware of Pennywise’s Creepy Carnival!”
The Second Place Certificate was awarded to Heather L., (Director of Family Support Services) Tina C. (Family Support Services Coordinator) and Edna T. (Family Support Services Coordinator.) Their decoration theme was named, “It’s just a Bunch of Hocus Pocus.”
The Third Place Certificate was awarded to Sarah K. (Development and Communication Coordinator) for the decoration theme was named, “Remember me, Coco?” inspired by Disney / Pixar’s 2017 animated movie, Coco.
The Honorable Mention Certificate was awarded to the CLASS Case Managers in CLASS Office B.
Laura L., Liz P. and Angie D. Their decoration theme was named, “The Purple People Eatery.”
All of the CSCM and CLASS Case Managers and Administrative Staff Members had a great time celebrating the Halloween season and decorating their work areas.
The best thing about this year’s Halloween is that I had the chance to celebrate it with my classmates on an outing to the America’s Incredible Pizza Restaurant. I wore my new light up candy corn headband and light up jack-o-lantern necklace. My favorite arcade game to play at America’s Incredible Pizza is named “The Cyclone.” The goal of the game is to stop a little spinning light on a certain number to win a certain number of prize tickets. I love celebrating Halloween with my friends.
Later on, when I was at home with my mom, we carved out our own pumpkin and watched It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown! My favorite part of the television special is when Linus wakes, Sally furiously yells at him for making her miss the Halloween festivities and she bops him.
On Sunday, October 27th, my mom and I went to this year’s “Dreams Come True” Halloween Party with my mom (for people with disabilities) and Costume Contest at the Perfect Score Sport Bar. I was so happy to have the chance to see all of my friends that attended The Arc in past years.
To finish up the month of October festivities, the other Arc Participants and I and Staff Members had a delightfully dreadful time at our annual Halloween Dance and Costume Contest on Thursday, October 31st. I designed the song list of our dance and the individualized Halloween costume certificates for my fellow Participants and Staff Members to win. Even, Ephraim, The Arc’s (on West Avenue) resident slightly spooky ghost had a ghoulishly good time!
Also, on Thursday, October 31st, The Arc’s Staff Members put together a “Haunted House” named, “The Arc’s Creepy Carnevil” for the Participants to go through to have a fang-tastic good time!
So, that was extremely fun and busy with month of October at The Arc of San Antonio!
Thank you for taking the time to read my blog and I hope that you and your family members had a frighteningly fun and spellbindingly safe Halloween!
See you in my next Blog!