Spook Spectacular lives up to name

Chelsea Peck
Kay Michelet, left, and Sofia Garin, both Wilder-Waite fourth-graders, wait in line dressed in their Halloween costumes.

Students and parents of Wilder-Waite Grade School enjoyed games, a silent auction and a spook house at this year’s Spook Spectacular event.

Wilder-Waite’s gym was overrun by princesses, monsters and heroes Saturday for the annual Halloween-themed event.

Students dressed in their Halloween costumes to enjoy the games with their parents tagging along.

Wilder-Waite Principal Todd Jefferson said the event was “definitely spectacular.”

The event raised about $15,000, which will go to different things for the school.

“It helps teachers purchase extra classroom supplies and materials. The PTO needs to decide exactly what it will go to,” Jefferson said.

In the past, money from Spook Spectacular has gone toward playground equipment, a sound system for the gym and instructional technology.

Organized by Wilder-Waite’s Parent-Teacher Organization, Spook Spectacular is a long-standing tradition at the grade school.

“I was talking to a gentleman this past weekend who was a former Wilder-Waite student and he remembers going to Spook,” Jefferson said. “It possibly goes back to the 1950s.”

Before the event, students decorated pumpkins  and then voted on their favorites.

“The students are given two pennies and every classroom goes up and each pumpkin has a container and they vote for the pumpkins,” Jefferson explained.

The fifth-grade classes worked the Spook House, which was set up in the primary hallway.

Jefferson said that was a big draw for the students.

A draw for the parents was the silent auction and 50/50 raffle.

All the items in the auction were donated by either parents or local businesses.

Items in the auction included a movie lovers basket, a Chicago Cubs basket and tickets to Disney World.

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