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DePue students ready for a scare

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Freshman Leah Peek (from left) and sophomores Selena Campos and Maricela Garcia, members of the DePue High School Activities Club, hang skeleton and rat decorations as they prepare for the community spook walk, which will take place Thursday from 5 to 7 p.m. in the school gymnasium. Aside from a spooky maze, the students have also decorated the gymnasium lobby as a "kid-friendly" spooky section for the young trick-or-treaters.

DEPUE — The DePue High School Activities Club is all set for a spine-chilling good time, as they’ve reinstated the community spook walk in the school gymnasium.

The haunted walk will be during trick-or-treat hours from 5 to 7 p.m. tonight (Thursday) and is open to all students and community members. A section of the gymnasium’s lobby has been decorated as a “kid-friendly” section for the young trick-or-treaters, where students will be handing out candy.

Inside the gymnasium is where the haunt begins for those who dare to enter.

The school used to put on a spook walk years ago, but eventually the event faded away. Activity Club Director Gabriel Larios said he can’t recall there ever being a spook walk at DePue during his teaching years, but when he took over as Activity Club director last year, his goal was to put on an activity once a month. When thinking of an event for the month of October, the idea to build a spook walk for trick-or-treaters seemed obvious.

Activity Club students gathered earlier this week after school to begin constructing the spook walk. Each student incorporated ideas and plans to build up the maze, which walkers will have to find their way through.

Sophomore Selena Campos said she was excited to be starting up a new tradition for students.

“I was a little nervous at first, but as we talked it out and started planning what we we’re going to do, I got excited for it. Hopefully, we will be able to bring a few scares,” she said.

Sophomore Maricela Garcia said the club is just hoping to bring in a lot of people from the community, so they can check out what they’ve put together this year.

“Whatever we do this year, we will be able to improve next year,” she said. “People should just come out for a good time, get free candy, spend time with friends and just have a really fun time.”

While the students were a little hesitant on giving out complete details of the haunted walk, they said walkers should enter with caution and watch out for skeletons, witches and maybe a clown or two around the corners.

The spook walk takes place from 5 to 7 p.m. tonight in the school gymnasium and is free and open to the public.

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