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About 900 elementary school students assembled at the Douglas County School District's administrative building on Oct. 31 for an unforgettable Halloween. Inside, ghosts, witches, superheroes, trolls and other creative characters replaced administrative staff. Rooms turned into other realms: a scene out of the children's book “Goodnight Moon,” a set from “Wizard of Oz,” a den of friendly witches, a room of ghosts.
“This is,” 7-year-old Cole Edwards shouted, “the best Halloween ever.”
It was the district's first-ever “HalloWilcox,” held at the Wilcox Building, 620 Wilcox St. in Castle Rock, for students of Castle Rock Elementary School and Southridge Elementary School to dress up in costumes, explore the interactive building and collect bags of treats. The schools, along with Sedalia Elementary, are among the top three in the district with the most free and reduced lunches.
Interim superintendent Erin Kane orchestrated the day, which didn't use any district funds. Staff purchased their own costumes and decorations. The Town of Castle Rock donated $500 for candy. Douglas County Sheriff's Office deputies handed out candy.
“It's all about the kids,” said Kane, who was dressed from head to toe as the good witch from “Wizard of Oz”.
“This is a great reminder for all of us why we do what we do,” Kane said.
Staff worked together to coordinate costumes and themes. The human resources department was the dimly lit witches' den. The benefits department dressed as trolls, wearing tall, brightly colored wigs. The assessment department's theme was superheroes.
Music, chatter, giggles and laughter radiated through the building.
“I think the grown-ups are having as much fun as the kids,” Kane said.
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