On Halloween night, a part of Ketchikan High School was filled with tricks and treats as the seniors of the Class of 2022 presented a "haunted hallway" as a senior fundraiser.
The "Haunted Hallway" event was a "back-breaking amount of work" to bring to life — complete with spiderwebs, spooky lighting, caution tape, costumed students and other decorations that transformed a hallway into a spooky haunted house for kids aged 5 and older to walk through on Halloween night, according to Kayhi science teacher Sean Powell.
The fundraiser brought in a "little south" of $2,400 for the senior class' prom this spring, Powell told the Daily News during a Tuesday morning interview. But it also was a chance for the community and the school to gather, in the absence of the traditional senior carnival, held in the fall, that was not held in 2020 or this year due to COVID-19.
"It was the best that we could do," Powell said. "In light of not being able to have that many people at the school. What we really wanted to do was offer an opportunity for the seniors to make money towards prom, and for us to do something that was a community event, because we recognized that the senior carnival was a huge part of the community."
About one-third of the senior class took an active role in decorating the spooky hallway, working as costumed actors at the event, and helping to take all the decorations down after it finished.
"But almost all the seniors participated with donations," Powell noted. "We had a lot of donated candy and donated decorations."
He noted that Madison Lumber and Hardware donated all the visqueen material used to blanket the walls of the hallway.
Powell said the event— which ran from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. — attracted a steady stream of visitors, mainly between 5 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. and then again from 8 p.m. until 8:45 p.m., and the seniors had fun seeing the community enjoy the project they had worked on for weeks.
Avery Thomas is a senior class officer who worked at the event as a costumed actor in the hallway. She told the Daily News during a separate Tuesday interview that the event was a fun — and new — experience.
"I was participating inside the hallway," she explained. "So I went on Saturday and helped set up ... spiderwebs and creepy decorations everywhere, and then on Sunday, I dressed up in a Halloween costume, and I hid in the hallway and we kind of jumped out and scare them a little bit, and then we give them some candy."
While there wasn't an official head count for all the children who attended the event, Thomas said the turnout was "was way more than I was expecting."
"I don't have social media, so I wasn't able to send out flyers and things ... I know some other officers (did) on our Instagram and Facebook pages and it was just amazing, the community really supporting (it)," Thomas said.