The weekend before Halloween, Cogswell ASB hosted the first dance in Cogswell’s recent history: GRAVE. The hallway in the back of the school was transformed into the Haunted Hallways and the Dragon’s Den was decked with Halloween snacks, including some delicious mocktails that were available at “The Cauldron” (the Armory). For the dance, the room was dazzled with strobe lights and orange lasers, and the dance floor was taken by enthusiastic party-goers.
The GRAVE began at Haunted Hallways, the familiar school hallway transformed into a dark horror scene full of jump scares, fake blood, and many creative, scary characters with expertly crafted makeup. After exiting Haunted Hallways, DAA student Isabel Souza said, “The Haunted House was really creative, very detailed, and I loved the actors.”
Before entering the hallway, guests were greeted by the shrieks of spooked students making their way to the Dragon’s Den for the main event. ASB Event Coordinator Connor Anderson and ASB Vice President Ciara Cipponeri agree that one of the biggest obstacles ASB faced was the physical construction of the Haunted Hallways. “That was the hardest part, because we had to assemble all those pipe frames. The plastic sheet was really heavy, and it was causing them all the fall over,” mentioned Cipponeri. “Luckily, we had a lot of people this semester [to help]”.
The hard work of ASB and other student volunteers involved paid off. “It took about two hours for the hallways themselves to be put up,” says DAA student Catherine Dievendorf, one of the actors in the Haunted Hallways. ”We put a lot of work into it.” Connor Anderson believes that the most successful part of the Haunted Hallways was the overall presentation: “It really ended up blocking out almost all the light, and so we were able to really set it up to be a creepy hallway that got smaller as you went along.”
There was a steady trickle of attendees until about halfway through the night, when the numbers reached their peak. The dance, which was arranged by ASB Event Coordinator Alex Doyle, was heavily reminiscent of a high school throwback dance, and there was, of course, tons of candy. Mocktails were served at The Cauldron, and guests ordered free drinks like Unicorn Blood and Leviathan Extract, which were delicious mixtures of different kinds of sodas to refresh all the dancers and students who came to just relax and enjoy the atmosphere. “I personally had an enjoyable time,” said GDE student Colin Gilfillan. “It is just a fun event to experience in the moment.” Many students enjoyed dancing to familiar songs that they requested, and there many students took their costumes to the next level. “People had a fun time, you know?” said Anderson. “People got scared, people laughed, like any haunted house. Then it ended at a dance that everyone seemed to be having a great time at.”
For Cogswell’s first dance in recent history, it was certainly a success, and the Haunted Hallways were also outstanding. Everything ran smoothly, and the students who were the first to the dance floor were also the last ones to leave at the end of the night. There were plenty of cookies, cupcakes, and chips to keep students energetic enough to party till midnight. “I would like to see more events like this, because I had a good time and want others to enjoy it too,” said Gilfillan. It was the fantastic and fun dance that everyone needed to perfectly set the mood for Halloween, and hopefully we’ll all have the chance to experience more events like this one at Cogswell in the future. “I’m really pushing for more, bigger events a lot more frequently,” said Anderson. “That way we can all just have a lot more fun at Cogswell, and Admissions has a lot more things to show off to future students.” ASB hopes that they can get more budgeting for events similar to GRAVE to build a stronger community at Cogswell.
photos courtesey of Cogswell ASB