CLARK, NJ — If you’ve got it, haunt it! On Wednesday, October 31, Arthur L. Johnson High School senior students took part in the school’s annual Halloween parade and costume contest. 

Students were given the opportunity to be receive multiple superlatives for their costumes. The costume categories included the “funniest”, “scariest”, “most original”, and “best overall”. Additionally, the winner of the “best overall” costume would win a free prom bid. 

Once the event began, the school’s seniors lined up in the lower gymnasium to compete for the best costumes. As students walked around the gymnasium, a number of teachers judged the costumes. The panel of teachers included mathematics teacher Roxanne Raposo, guidance counselor Molly Cusick, English teacher Joy Donaldson, librarian Carla Celso, anatomy teacher Bernadette Jacobi, and physical education teacher Jamie Wronski.

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After score calculations, it was revealed that the winner of the funniest costume was awarded to Andrew Lakkis, Marcus Toth, Tōm Le, Ethan Nobre, Cody Downing, Anthony Bogash, Christopher Dragonas, and Evandro Galli as Mr. President and his Secret Service. Students agreed that the inclusion of a “body double” for the president was the clincher.

The scariest costume award was given to Rico Veltre, Tom Sweeney, Tom Bizzocco, and Sebastian Iakouchevitch as Goodfellas. “They sauntered about like hoodlums,” said senior Erin Heaning.

 Most Original costume was awarded to Connor Webb, Nina Couzzi, Ally Renda, Alyssa Colicchio, Victoria Marano, Julie Rizzuto, and Sabrina Diwane as a hunter and his taxidermy mounts.

Finally, the Best Overall costume title was awarded to Dom Depaz, dressed as the iconic “flip bottle,” complete with a somersault that impressed everyone present. “It was great to see my classmates come together for our last Halloween as one unit,” stated senior Benjamin Marsiglia.

In addition, many teachers, faculty and staff joined in the festivities by dressing up in their favorite “comic” character. Principal, Mrs. Feeley was dressed as “Spy vs. Spy” from MAD Magazine. Vice Principal, Mr. Bucior, Director of Guidance Andrew Amendola, and the guidance department dusted off their 80s gear for a theme of “Saved by the Bell” complete with a cell phone from the era. Mrs. Donaldson, Ms. Davey and Mrs. Wagner were “Alvin and the Chipmunks.” Even Mr. Grande got in on the fun dressed as “Luke Skywalker” from The Last Jedi.

Other Halloween festivities included a door decorating contest sponsored by Student Council. Peter Nevargic’s door won with a theme based on the film The Shining.


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