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Every year in the month of October, fall celebrations and Halloween-themed events take place at National Heritage Academies (NHA). Here are some activities and celebrations from NHA schools:

Regent Park Scholars

At Regent Park Scholars, students and their families got quite the spooky treat at the school’s annual “Science Spooktacular” event.

The school’s gymnasium was turned into a spooky laboratory by the company "Mad Science," known for its kid-friendly science experiments.

Roslind Higgins is an admissions representative at the school.  She explained that the event was like a "trunk or treat with a twist."  Instead of just collecting candy, students went from station to station to try different science experiments. “For one of the experiments, they created little foam monsters and then watched them melt and bubble. They also made slime.”

Higgins said there was also a haunted house that elicited plenty of screams. “We made sure the curtains were closed, so it was dark. When you went inside, there were teachers dressed up in Halloween costumes, and they were popping out. There were also spiders, webs, and spooky trees with lights on them.”

After all of the fun in the gym, students rounded out the evening with spooky music playing as they walked down dimly lit halls to the classroom candy stations.

Higgins said the event was a big success. “It was so interactive, and I think that's what the families really liked about it!”

Teacher making slime.
Students were able to try a variety of science experiments as part of the fun.

Apex Academy

Many schools held more traditional trunk or treat events like Apex Academy in Ohio. Students of all ages and their parents embraced the Halloween spirit. They arrived in a variety of costumes, from Spider-Man to zombies and unicorns to dinosaurs. There was plenty of creativity on display as they took part in fun activities and collected buckets of treats.

Student and parent painting pumpkin.
Students at Apex Academy show off their costumes as they take part in Halloween fun.

Mountain View Academy

At Mountain View Academy in Colorado, Halloween was filled with magical creatures.  Families and staff made the day extra special for kindergarten through eighth-grade students. Some of the popular costumes included witches, princesses, and plenty of cartoon characters.

Teachers in Halloween costumes.
Teachers at Mountain View Academy show off their Halloween costumes.

Metro Charter Academy

At Metro Charter Academy, students embraced fall with a pre-Halloween Harvest Festival. The event featured some fall favorites, including freshly pressed cider and donuts. There were activities for all ages that kept students engaged. The festival was the perfect way for parents, students, and teachers to come together for a little fall fun.

Teachers handing out food and drinks.
Teachers at Metro Charter Academy get ready to give out cider and donuts to families taking part in the school’s Harvest Festival.

About National Heritage Academies:
National Heritage Academies (NHA) is a network of over 100 tuition-free, public charter schools across nine states, serving more than 65,000 students in kindergarten through 12th grade. For more information, visit

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