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Stranger Things-themed Halloween Dance

Posted on: October 28, 2019

Things on the Palm Beach Day Academy Upper Campus turned “upside down” on Friday, October 25 as the Student Leadership Committee (SLC) hosted the first school dance of the year. The Netflix’s Stranger Things-themed Halloween Dance – costumes encouraged – was held for students in grade 6-9 in the Vicki and Peter Halmos Family Activities Center.

Bringing the Upside Down to Life

Preparations for the event began as soon as the SLC council members were elected to their positions earlier this fall. Planning took place during their weekly Tuesday morning SLC meetings and ramped up as the dance approached. The team was in charge of coming up with the dance’s food and drinks, games, and decorations. In fact, many of the Stranger Things decorations were hand-crafted by the SLC – with the help of Mrs. Bieneman – including the Will Byers map and missing signs, and a giant “mindflare.” A decor favorite was the 7ft blow-up Demogorgan.

“The Halloween Dance is always special as it kicks off the beginning of our SLC events, and the students love dressing up for the occasion,” said Grace Gunkel, a PBDA faculty member, Coach and Co-Lead of the SLC.  “Each year, we always have an interactive haunted or fun surprise for the students. Last year, it was a homemade haunted house. This year’s surprise was an inflatable game called Meltdown which was a huge hit among the students.”

Beginning at 6:30pm on the night of the dance, Seaview Avenue transformed into the “Upside Down” as, one by one, students began piling out of their cars and into the Halmos dressed head-to-toe in costume. As DJ Risi played, students enjoyed PDQ chicken tenders, Domino’s pizza, snacks and nut-free candy, a Halloween must. In-between socializing, mummy-wrapping and other games, students also couldn’t get enough of the Meltdown game which requires dodging and jumping while also ensuring you stay on your platform.

The Halloween Costume Contest

The main event of the evening was the Halloween Costume Contest, open to anyone interested in participating. The contest included both a Group Costume contest and a Solo Costume contest. In the end, 12 student groups entered into the Group contest, and 16 students entered into the Solo contest. Costume judges, which included all chaperoning faculty and staff, took into consideration each student’s overall costume appearance, crowd applause, and creativity when making their decisions.

Congratulations to the following contest winners:

Group Costumes

  • 1st PlaceTourists: Ella W., Samantha B. and Juliana F.
  • 2nd PlaceHippies: Sophia S. and Rachel P.
  • 3rd PlaceAlvin and the Chipmunks: Gabbi K., Carlisle A. and Kate F.

Solo Costumes

  • 1st Place – Mr. Peanut (homemade costume): Nikaoli D.
  • 2nd Place – Pennywise: Lilly S.
  • 3rd Place – Anime: Jackie T.


Additional Photos from the PBDA Halloween Dance