It's typically a whirlwind week filled with queens and kings, the court, the parade, the dance, dress-up days, rodeo games, the return of alumni and of course the Friday night bout on the gridiron.
This year's homecoming celebration at J.W. Mitchell High comes with a twist and a creative nod to the upcoming national celebration of all things spooky.
Creepy Hollows Fright Night, a collaboration of the arts, will be held in the hours before the 7:30 p.m. kick-off Friday against Springstead High. The event is part art show, part haunted house and part drama performance, said art teacher Donna Fulton, who coordinated the effort along with drama teacher David O'Hara.
Throughout these past weeks, art students have been busy making creepy decorations for the haunted house and some scary and fun plaster of Paris masks for display that are based on literary characters they had researched — think Dracula, Phantom of the Opera, Medusa and Thing Two from The Cat in the Hat.
"It was fun but it was hard, too, because you can be so influenced by the movie version," said Tony Napoli, 16, who created a "warrior dude" from Randall Wallace's Braveheart that has a different look from Mel Gibson's movie take.
Drama students promise to be in wicked character form and present a few chilling scenes from their upcoming play Bang, Bang, You're Dead, which takes the stage next week at the Center for the Arts at River Ridge. Band and choral students have been in on the fright night as well, providing atmospheric songs and sounds that have been taped using "GarageBand" software.
Students of all ages, faculty, alumni and members of the community are welcome to come out to enjoy a scare and perhaps, some face painting, too — of the ghoulish kind, of course.