The Impacts Of Halloween On Schools


Photo Curtesy Of Kristin Holtz

Upper E-Wing Teachers Dress Up For Halloween As Characters From The Movie Holes. From left to right: Jacy Riel, Karley Remple, Rachel Turner, Ericka Pilon, Ashlee Runyon (upper E wing!)

The coldness brushing throughout the air on Halloween night, and the monsters coming out to only crawl within the dark, foggy night staying up late… with the dread of the upcoming school day.

Most people who celebrate Halloween experience late nights with friends or family, and with these exciting yet enduring nights can come with consequences. As much as children love staying up to get that candy, they’re usually the ones who experience the consequences in the morning after.

Halloween is seen as a major holiday by those who celebrate it. Whether it’s trick or treating, partying away the night with your friends, or simply watching movies with your family. However fun these might be, studies have shown that many kids that stay up late tend to have more health problems, including some of the problems as behavior problems, and a poor contribution to academic performance.

A CDC study on human behaviors shows that a majority of middle school and high school students reported getting less than the recommended amount of sleep for their age. It is shown that most teens need to sleep 8-10 hours a night, yet only about 7 out of 10 students (72.7%) do not get enough sleep. Already having to deal with things such as homework, sports, and now Halloween can seriously deprive students of sleep.

Not getting enough sleep can affect students’ negativity, as the effects of Halloween can keep students up even later than they already do on school nights. It can also lead to students skipping school. CDC states that there are always around 120-140 absences the day of Halloween, but that number doubles the day after Halloween for students skipping school.

Not only the day after Halloween but the day of Halloween can have many students distracted from their daily work. Students’ academics, and performance in class can be negatively affected by Halloween night, and the day after.

Ellen Wilson, a freshman of Silver Creek High School, states “I will most likely be very tired, causing me not to perform as well in class the next day.” Having many students stay up late on Halloween, and also the day before the weekend can be more distracting than expected.

Jasper Helgans, Freshman of Silver Creek High School says that “I think on Tuesday, I will get nothing done, and on Monday because I’ll be too excited.”

Yet even when having Halloween on a Monday, who truly wants to do homework? As proven that there are larger workloads on monday, can be distracted as easily as a holiday such as Halloween.

Anna Goodbee, a Sophmore of Silver Creek High School, states, “many people were tired after Halloween, and that they weren’t at their best for performing inside of school.” With the late nights of Halloween it can affect many students’ negativity with the upcoming day.

Having a large impact on students’ academics, and sleeping many students on Mondays already have been expected to only get the bare minimum amount of sleep than they are already supposed to have. This can have a huge impact on both their work ethic for the both days, and also extend the sleep deprivation that most students already have to deal with on a daily basis.

Having many students impacted by not only having enough sleep, but grades, and also social interaction as well low performance in most classes too can have a major effect on their academic performance. Yet even through the week all students will be tired no matter how long or what they did Halloween night. So for all of the fun halloween night entails, students are willing to put the, selves through suffering, and the upcoming day to spend halloween in the night.