HMS students share spooky stories

HMS students share spooky stories
Posted on 11/04/2016

Halloween brought out the creativity and bravery in Harlandale Middle School students.

For the last few weeks, students wrote scary short stories in their ELAR class. On Halloween day, they were asked to share their creepy tales in front of their peers.

Every sixth, seventh and eighth grade ELAR class met in the library during their ELAR class period for a real treat on Oct. 31.

With the library lights out and black paper placed over the windows, the only light source came from jack-o-lanterns with evil grins and plastic candles. There was just enough light to see decorative tarantulas hanging from the ceiling, a black cat with an arched back, a corpse bride and skeletons.  

For some students, though, the scariest part was going to the front of their peers and reading their story. A single flash light lit up the words on their paper and at first students were hesitant to read their creations, but once they started telling their stories, they grew more confident and animated.   

“Halloween really gets them to talking and expressing themselves more than sometimes giving them an assignment or a prompt because they just become imaginative,” HMS Librarian Gaye Siler said.

Students shared their short stories about ghosts and haunted rooms in HMS.

Siler has been organizing the event for the last eight years and she hopes to continue the tradition for years to come.

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