BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ - Continuing a decades-old Halloween tradition, students in Mrs. Sherry Butler's fourth grade class turned the school's stage into a haunted house that each classroom in second through fifth grade was excited to venture through.
The tradition that began when a parent asked to create a haunted house in the classroom.
A long long time ago (approximately 20 years ago), a parent was reading a story to the students and there was a haunted house in it, said Butler. The parent asked if she could recreate a scene from the book. It began as a small display by the window.
"Every year it became bigger and bigger," she said, and eventually outgrew the classroom and was moved to the school's stage.
The planning begins with the class families donating large boxes, supplies and decorations. The parents then come to the school and build the house and the students decorate the structure into a festive ghouling scene.
"It's always a lot of fun. Everyone works together," Butler said. "We work on it during lunch time so it doesn't take up actual classroom time."
This year's haunted house has "the most" ins and outs with many nooks and turns. Although Butler would not reveal favorites, she did admit that this year's house is the tallest. "Every year is the best," she said.
The Haunted House is a popular attraction and a big tradition the younger students look forward to in Mrs. Butler's class.