New Haven High School students are filled with delight as FCCLA holds its annual Halloween costume contest. Each year FCCLA holds a Halloween costume contest in the high school gym where students are encouraged to dress in the scariest or most creative costume the students can think of. Students have the option to dress as a group or as individuals.
The students are judged by teachers in the gym on the morning of October 31st just before school starts. Judges are decided by the FCCLA costume contest committee. This year’s judges for the Halloween costume contest were Mrs. Samantha Hausmann, Mrs. Christina Menke, and Mr. Jared Pruessner. This year's winners were 3rd place: Dori McCarty as a dragon, 2nd place: Maci Christian as an alien abductee, and 1st place: Allyssa Taylor dressed as a scarecrow. The winners of Most Creative Costume were Brooke Elliot and Josh Kleinheider. Best Group went to Grace White, Alyssa Sidwell, Emily Mannise, Ashlyn Beckmann, and Victoriana Beckmann who dressed as Toy Story characters. Lastly, the funniest costume award went to Chloe Lueckenhoff who was dressed as Mrs. Jaime Hoener.
Students who participate in this contest are allowed to wear and dress however they would like with a few exceptions. Masks and weapons are not allowed though.
One year, Mrs. Jamie Miller remembers, “students dressed up as a roller coaster”.
In the weeks and days before the costume contest, students buzz about as they discuss their costume ideas with their friends. Some students plan to dress individually while many others plan to dress up as a group. Some students had this to say about their ideas for their costume:
Senior Lauralie Grater commented, “I’m pairing up with one of my younger sisters, Chloe Grater, but we don’t know exactly what we want to be yet.”
The day of the costume contest, students are dressed in their best costumes and buzzing about hoping to be the next winner this year. Some students dressed as characters from Toy Story. Others dressed as mystical characters such as dragons and creative candyman Willy Wonka. Student costumes range from many different ideas.
Before finding out about winning, Allyssa Taylor was asked how she felt about the contest, along with if she felt that she was going to win or not: “I dressed up as a scarecrow-- I’m also very excited about the contest. I think I have a good chance at winning.”
This year the students have enjoyed themselves dressing up and seeing all the other student costumes as well.