Happy Howl-O-Ween

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MCHS Gymnasts Meghan Miller and Emily Gushrowski help a trick-or-treater on the uneven bars.

Kristen Gushrowski, Sports Writer

Thursday night, the MCHS Athletic Department sponsored the second annual Howl-O-Ween at Ames Field.

Coaches and athletes arrived at 5:30, an hour before all the action, to set up different activities for the trick-or-treaters. My sisters and I helped our gymnastics coach carry mats, a set of uneven bars, and a balance beam onto the field. My team and I were ready to help kids have fun on the equipment.

The weather for the evening wasn’t that great; it was 40 degrees and raining occasionally. I was bundled up in my winter coat, gloves, and earmuffs. My sister, Emily, did jumping jacks to try to stay warm.

But the cold weather didn’t keep the kids away. The kids came up to the tables with adorable Disney costumes and Marvel Superhero costumes saying, “Trick-or-treat!” I couldn’t help but give the little ones extra candy. They were just too cute!

There were huge lines for the gymnastics equipment. Kids couldn’t wait to take their turn walking across the balance beam, doing a forward roll, and being spotted on a pullover on the uneven bars. Parents took pictures of their little gymnasts-to-be as the kids did the tricks on the equipment. The kids were having so much fun.

Towards the end of the night, my toes and fingers were numb, and my face was red from the wind. But it didn’t matter how cold I was. Seeing the trick-or-treaters getting candy and embracing the sport I love gave me a positive feeling about myself, my team, and my school. It was a riveting experience that I was proud to be apart of, and I wish I wasn’t graduating so I can be apart of this great event next year.

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