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What’s Spooky, Summerville?

There are many upcoming events to attend locally, so there will be no shortage of fun things to do for this Halloween season.

This Halloween season, as a follow-up to an inquiry about Summerville’s “Fall Favorites,” BTC took a look into what some Summerville students and teachers find scary and places to go for seasonal haunts.

As Ms. Alomia shared, there can be many scary things, especially during the Halloween season. When asked what she was afraid of, Ms. Alomia voiced a fear of many things.

“The obvious answer is clowns, right? I’m scared of almost everything.”

“The obvious answer is clowns, right? I’m scared of almost everything.”

— Ms. Alomia

She also noted that even the commercials for scary movies could be terrifying in themselves.

“I cannot even watch a commercial for a scary movie–I have to turn the volume all the way down and not look…Where’s the Berenstain Bears?”

In her interview with BTC, senior Angela Lares explained something unique that she finds scary.

“Tall people…because hear me out–they can see things that you can’t. Imagine you’re sitting down and this six foot five person comes up to you.”

Similarly, junior Jonah Fowler shared something that scares him personally.

“You know how sometimes people will stand perfectly still? That’s terrifying.”

“You know how sometimes people will stand perfectly still? That’s terrifying.”

— Jonah Fowler

While the local options for classic haunted houses are slim, there are still plenty of places to go to to enjoy “Spooky Season” with a good scare. Locally, one can attend the haunted house on Madrone Street or at Summerville Elementary.

There are also several local hotels which are allegedly haunted. Among these include Royal Olive Manor, the Groveland Hotel, the Sonora Inn, the Fallon Hotel, and the Jamestown Hotel. If you are looking to stay somewhere haunted during this creepy fall season, these are the places to go.

Even locally, there are haunted locations many people would not suspect. Ms. Alomia shared a potentially paranormal story she witnessed while working at the Standard Pour.

“This little girl got tripped, and she was like three or four at the time and was in one of the side rooms, there was a private party, and she was like ‘that guy just tripped me’ and there was no one there…I’m not officially saying I believe in ghosts, but I guess nobody knows what happens after you die, right?”

BTC also took a look at a debated Halloween tradition. Introducing: the candy corn debate.

It seems that people are generally divided over this Halloween-themed candy. While some think it is a nice seasonal treat, others disagree completely. Of all the people interviewed, there were some extreme opinions on this candy.

Angela Lares described candy corn as “Disgusting…It should be on a watchlist because I just don’t think it should be considered candy.”

Kiah Hull similarly stated that candy corn is “Rancid. It’s a crime to humanity.”

Despite these opinions on the candy, other people think that it is a delicious treat. Mia Westcamp even said that candy corn is her favorite candy.

“I love candy corn, that’s my favorite…I buy like a pound of candy corn at least every year.”

Ms. Alomia agreed with this stance on the Halloween treat.

“I love it. I love that waxy texture. It’s so pleasing, and people that don’t like it, you’re wrong.”

Jonah Fowler perfectly summarized this sometimes hotly debated subject, taking a generally neutral stance on the Halloween candy.

“This is a controversial question. I would have to say candy corn is a time honored candy of Halloween.”

BTC hopes that their readers enjoy this Halloween and the holiday season that goes along with it.

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    MiaOct 18, 2023 at 8:32 am

    I <3 candy corn