This is my favorite time of year at the Arc. The month of October is when the Arc of San Antonio has all of its Halloween activities.
For example, the Beauty Club Participants, led by Arc Staff Members: Shawntye P. and Staci D., had their first Halloween Fashion Show, so that all of their friends could see their creepy and cool costumes. They sold snow cones, Halloween cupcakes, Witches Potion (which are cups of orange flavored sherbet ice cream with Hawaiian Punch), poison apples (caramel apples with gummy worms), and Boo Cups (chocolate pudding with Oreos cookies and whip Cream). The Arc Participants had a classroom pumpkin carving contest to win the grand prize of an ice cream party. The goal was to come up with the most creepy and creative carving. The classroom that won first place was Classroom # 8, led by Arc Staff Members: Rochia D. and Sybil O. with their “Texas Rangers Baseball Fan” carving. Second place winners of the contest were Classroom # 5, led by Arc Staff Members: Staci D. and Julio S. with their “Spooky Hollow” carving. Third place winners were Classroom # 9, led by Arc Staff Members: Carolyn R. and Leon S. with their “Jack Skellington” from the 1993 ‘Nightmare Before Christmas’ movie” carving. All of the Arc Participants and Staff Members worked really hard and were proud of their creations.
The Arc Participants had their annual Halloween dance on October 31st. There were Participants and Staff Members that were dressed up as witches, wizards, princesses, monsters, and even a few fairies. I dressed up as a genie princess with a pretend tiara that my friend helped me win while on a class outing to America’s Incredible Pizza. My friends and I took pictures of each other and danced to Michael Jackson’s song, “Thriller” and went down the “Haunted Hallway.” The Participants decorated their hallway to give their fellow participants a spooky good time.
I love going to the Arc during the Halloween holiday season. They come up with really creative ways to celebrate Halloween and include everyone in the celebration no matter what their disabilities may be.