By: Surabhi Arkalgud
Orange and Black Day
Wednesday, October 27th was Orange and Black Day at MDHS, where students and staff were encouraged to wear black and orange in order to get in the spirit for Halloween. Many students and staff members participated, making it a very festive spirit day!
Why are the Halloween colours orange and black? In terms of symbolic and traditional meaning, orange is the colour of the fall season, while black is representative of nighttime and darkness. Halloween was not widely celebrated in Canada until the 1800s. Irish and Scottish immigrants came to Canada in the mid-1800s, bringing with them their tradition of Halloween. The first recorded instance of Halloween being celebrated in Canada was in Vancouver, B.C. in 1898.
It was great to see students and staff wearing orange and black to show their Halloween spirit!
The tradition of wearing costumes on Halloween began with the Celtic festival of Samhain, where people would wear costumes and light bonfires to ward off evil spirits. Later, All Saint’s Day integrated some traditions of Samhain, calling the day All Hallow’s Eve, and soon after, Halloween.
Thursday, October 28th was costume day at MDHS, where students and staff were encouraged to wear their spookiest, funniest and most creative Halloween costumes to school. The halls were filled with a variety of fantastic costumes, including witches, skeletons, angels, superheroes, princesses, and more!
Why do people wear costumes today? This, too, dates back to Celtic traditions. When Scottish and Irish immigrants came to Canada, their traditions of Halloween were brought along with them. Over time, the festival grew in popularity among children. Although what we celebrate now is very different from the original celebrations, it was wonderful to see so many people in the spirit of Halloween, dressed in their Halloween costumes.
Where’s Waldo Scavenger Hunt
The staff at MD were dressed up as different variations of Waldo from the popular childhood classic ‘Where’s Waldo’. While most teachers were dressed up as fake versions of Waldo, there was only one real Waldo. There were three vague clues told by the morning announcements, and students were encouraged to ask staff members about these clues throughout the day. If a student thought they found the true Waldo, they were asked to take a socially distanced picture with the Waldo and send it to the Milton Mustangs Instagram page. The first two people to send in their pictures with the true Waldo won a gift card, while two other students won gift cards through a random draw.