Spooky forest funEnjoy a little drama at the Superior School Forest on Saturday. The Superior High School Drama Club hosts a Halloween Fun Fest, complete with a bonfire, storytelling, spooky forest walk, face painting, baked goods and more.
By: Maria Lockwood, Superior Telegram
Enjoy a little drama at the Superior School Forest on Saturday.
The Superior High School Drama Club hosts a Halloween Fun Fest, complete with a bonfire, storytelling, spooky forest walk, face painting, baked goods and more.
“It’s a great event for families,” said Amber Goodspeed, high school English and drama teacher.
Children are encouraged to attend the free event in costume. Geared for elementary school students, it takes place regardless of the weather.
Senior Michelle Tesarek was part of the last spooky event at the forest two years ago.
“It was so much fun,” she said.
Participants can hear the story of a pair of pale green pants with nobody inside them, enjoy scary sound effects and warm up by the fire. They can also get a first-hand look at the school district’s outdoor learning laboratory.
“The forest on the school forest property is incredibly beautiful and vast,” said Lori Danz, ninth grade integrated science and school forest teacher. “We have old growth pine and a wilderness area that many young children and adults in our community are not aware of. No matter how well you try to describe this environment in words, you cannot match the experience you feel by going out the school forest and walking through the woods first hand.”
The district has the second largest school forest in the state, Danz said. The forest has been part of the district’s programming since the 1960s. About 2,000 students visit the site each year.
“We have a low ropes challenge course that many sixth grade teams use as the middle schoolers are introduced to their new classmates,” Danz said. “The elementary teachers do a phenomenal job of using the school forest to integrate all subject areas, usually all within a theme developed for the day.”
Recently, the middle and high school orchestra students spend the day rehearsing together at the forest as a kind of music retreat and rehearsal day. And the high school CSI science class has solved a number of mysteries on the property.
While the Halloween Fun Fest is free, children can purchase tickets for many of the activities, like face and pumpkin painting.
Money raised will send 13 high school students on a trip to London over spring break. The travelers will see live productions, visit the Shakespeare’s Globe and National theatres and take in some of the sights during the March trip.
Freshman Hannah Blomquist said she was looking forward to hearing all the British accents. She and classmate Arieanna Brannan spent time after school Friday preparing a Power Point presentation on the trip, which will be playing during the fun fest.
Tesarek encouraged families to swing by the forest for the event.
“There’s going to be a lot of great food, a lot of events they can take part in,” she said. “It’s going to be a lot of fun.”
The fun fest runs 3-7 p.m. Saturday at the school forest, 2155 E. School Forest Road, Foxboro, about five miles south of Pattison State Park on Highway 35. Directions are available at www.superior.k12.wi.us.