Rainy weather did not dampen spirits as theatre students at Paul Laurence Dunbar High School hosted a colorful Spooktacular event with trick-or-treating, concessions, games, and dancing. The parking-lot fundraiser aimed to help cover losses from last spring’s comedy “Spamalot,” which Dunbar canceled as the COVID-19 surge forced schools to close their doors.
“This was a great way for kids and families to celebrate Halloween in a socially distanced and masked way,” said musical theatre director Brooke Jackson. “Normally we do a fall play and winter musical, which wasn’t in the cards. We tried to do something fun and safe and have something to look forward to. It’s a great thing for mental health – to feel connected and feel creative. Right now, they’re just a little bit draggy because they miss being there (at school). This gave them a lot of hope and excitement.”