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Hazelbrook haunted house heralds Halloween

TIMES PHOTO: JAIME VALDEZ - Grace Clary, seventh grade, prepares her character before guests enter the haunted house during a Halloween party at Hazelbrook Middle School.Dozens of students at Hazelbrook Middle School stayed late Friday to get a head start on Halloween festivities.

The school's leadership students went all-out this year, with Halloween-themed games and a student disc jockey. They even converted a couple of rooms at the school into a haunted house, complete with unsettling props and student actors.

“We started at the beginning of October,” explained eighth-grader Sophie Wong, a leadership student whose role in the haunted house was to warn visitors of a “monster” underneath her bed. “We did it during leadership class. … Every day we'd come in here (to work on the haunted house).”

TIMES PHOTO: JAIME VALDEZ - Ethan Sickler entertains students at Hazelbrook Middle School while disc-jockeying during the school's Halloween party.Student reactions were mixed. Some made a show of acting unimpressed, while others clutched one another and squealed theatrically at every sight and fright.

Snacks were also provided during the middle school Halloween party. Students, most of them in costume, munched on pizza from Costco while enjoying student DJ Ethan Sickler's music selections.

As it turned out, it was just as well Hazelbrook students got to celebrate Halloween at their school on Friday. Halloween Saturday was the rainiest day in the Portland area since 2011.