The ins-and-outs of Halloween

Verona Kamberi & Farren Linne
Staff Writers

Part-time movie stars and superheroes fill the dark night searching for Tootsie Rolls, Pixi Sticks and Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups checking homes for the tastiest ways to destroy their pancreas. Carving funny faces into large orange spherical fruits and watching horror movies are all part of the spook-filled night.
Finding the perfect costume isn’t easy. People spend a lot of time online and in stores trying to find the most unique and eye catching costumes. Senior Ingrid Anzueto believes that using your own interests to create your costume shows the people around you who you really are.
“People have advocates toward something so they express that on Halloween,” said Anzueto. “For example, people who love Trump might dress up as him this year.”
Nowadays shock value has replaced scare value when it comes to costumes. It’s about being edgy and even inappropriate. Organizations around the country implore people to not dress as Indians, transgenders, or anything offensive. People value attention and many would do almost anything to get it. Some think dressing up as Ray Rice and his spouse is funny, while most see it as rude and unacceptable. Retweets and shares of these costumes make it seem that this is acceptable behavior, when it’s not.
“Recently costumes have become more offensive both religiously and racially,” said junior Victoria Adams. “Social media makes it seem like it’s okay to have inappropriate costumes.”
The Real Halloween
For some people Halloween is more than just candy and costumes. The most significant part of Halloween for Adams is remembering her late family members.
“I spend my Halloween night celebrating the Day of the Dead with my family,” said Adams. “My family comes together to honor our ancestors and warn off the dead.”
The Day of the Dead, (also known as Dia de Muertos), is a three day Mexican holiday that involves praying and remembering friends and family members who have passed away in order to help support their spiritual journey.
Whether one celebrates the Day of the Dead or Halloween, both include a variety of food. For many trick-or-treating and collecting an abundance of candy is a necessity on Halloween, but not for senior Rizza Rodriguez.
“I don’t trick or treat on Halloween,” said Rodriguez. “I think that when you get to the point where you have money to buy your own candy you should stop and allow children to have the candy.”
Creating a good experience for younger children should be important. Even if you are 16 dressed as Batman wanting to go trick-or-treating, don’t let your peers stop you. Instead have a limit for yourself and make sure not to ruin it for the kids.
Although Halloween revolves around dressing up and having fun, safety is something everyone should be alert about. Junior Sydney Nichols feels like people have taken advantage of Halloween by creating an unsafe environment for kids.
“I feel that Halloween used to be more safe when I was younger,” said Nichols. “Now people dress up as clowns and hand out tampered candy.”
Staying safe by keeping an eye out for kids, trick-or-treating in a safe neighborhood, and monitoring the condition of candy should be an important part of everyone’s night. At the end of the night, going to bed knowing you had a successful Halloween will keep you waiting for next year.
“Even if trick-or-treating, pumpkin carving, or dressing up isn’t your thing, everyone should still find a way to enjoy the holiday,” said junior Grant Collins.


Six Qualify for State

By Justin Albecker
Staff Writer

Four swimmers and two divers qualified for state this weekend. Kayhi placed third out of three for 4A schools. The girls team earned 63 points, while the boys team earned 79. The state tournament will be held in Juneau next weekend.

Girl State Qualifiers:
Freshman Laura Sherrill: 100 Yard Breast, 100 Yard fly
Freshman Emma Campbell: 200 Yard Free (alternate)
Freshman Jessilynn Sivertsen: 1 Meter Diving

Men State Qualifiers:
Sophomore Maury Meirsonne: 200 Yard Free, 500 Yard free (alternate)
Senior Logan Hammersland: 100 Yard Fly, 100 Back
Senior Kegan Rhein: 1 Meter Diving



Sports Recap

The Lady Kings volleyball team lost both games this weekend against Sitka and Mt Edgecumbe. On Friday Sikta defeated Kayhi by (10-25, 22-25, 11-25). On Saturday Mt. Edgecumbe defeated Kayhi by (14-25, 12-25, 21-25).

This last weekend, four Kayhi wrestlers left the Bill Weiss Tournament as champions: Vince Tenebro (113), Brayden Linne (120), Sean Tavares (126), and Max Collins (145). Seventeen of 37 Kayhi wrestlers won their matches during the the Mix and Match event.

Swimming Preview

By Gabe Bowlen
Staff Writer

This year Ketchikan is hosting the Region V Swim and Dive Tournament. The meet starts off at 5pm tonight, and the finals start at 2pm tomorrow. Coach Patrick Burda has many goals for this meet, but one concerns him the most.
“A nice goal is for everyone to improve, or get better time wise,” said Coach Burda. “It’s probable we’ll have a couple swimmers/divers go to the state tournament.”
Senior diver Kegan Rhein thinks getting out of the region and heading to state will be an easy thing to do.
“I’m looking forward to the fact that I have a few new dives,”Rhein said. “I’m possibly going to break 400 for my regions score,”
Rhein does not have much competition this regional meet, with a rookie diver from Petersburg, all he needs to do is get an adequate score to qualify for state. Though the competition is greater at the state tournament, it is possible he could place.
As for swimmers, Maurey Meiresonne, Laura Sherrill, and Logan Hammersland are expected to perform well and make it to state. The team will have at least two boys relay teams, and at least two girls relay teams.

Teams Attending:
Juneau-Douglas Crimson Bears
Petersburg Vikings
Thunder Mountain Falcons
Sitka Wolves
Craig Panthers

Volleyball Weekend Preview

By Shirlie White
Staff Writer

The Lady Kings volleyball team will be playing against Mt. Edgecumbe and Sitka this weekend. Kayhi beat Sitka and lost to Mt. Edgecumbe at the Juneau Jive tournament on Oct 15.
“I hope the team and I will have a fun time in Sitka, and focus on playing this weekend against Edgecumbe and Sitka.” Varsity player Leah Benning said.
Kayhi will be playing tonight at 7:00pm against Sitka and at 6:30pm tomorrow against Mt. Edgecumbe.

Bill Weiss Preview

By Izaak Jensen
Staff Writer

Kayhi is hosting the annual Bill Weiss Tournament on Friday and Saturday, the tournament is named after Bill Weiss for all the support he put into the sports around southeast, he helped wrestlers very heavily in his time, most people probably don’t know but the lettermen jacket in Kayhi’s trophy case was earned by Bill Weiss for all the support and effort he put into high school sports.
There are duals Thursday the day before the tournament for teams that arrived early. Weigh-ins are at 4:00pm on Thursday for duals and Friday to start the tournament. Weigh-ins are at 7:30am on Saturday and finals are at 6:00pm.
Thunder Mountain/Juneau-Douglas (as one team), Hoonah, Mt Edgecumbe, Haines, Sitka, Petersburg, Wrangell, Thorne Bay, Hydaburg, Klawock, Metlakatla, Glen Allen, and Bethel will be competing. Coach Rick Collins believes this will be a competitive tournament that Kayhi will ultimately prevail in.
“This tournament should be pretty competitive, Bethel has 4 returning state champions and state placers,” Collins said. “But I think we will do pretty good. We can probably take 1st or 2nd.”

Cops and Clowns

By Joey Karlik
Staff Writer

Two weekends ago, the sinister clown epidemic hit Ketchikan. Two kids were spotted running away from the Recreation Center, and told their parents that two scary looking clowns were behind the rec-center. The clowns did not do anything to them they said, but just the sight of them sent the little kids away in fright. Is there more clowns to come? Kayhi’s school cop, Officer McGarrigan, certainly doesn’t believe so.
“I think it’s a stupid trend and someone’s going to get hurt, most likely a clown. The reason why is that kids are going to get scared when they see the clowns and the parents are going to do anything to protect our kids,” said the officer. “Even if that means going to drastic measures”.
With Halloween on Monday, parents are nervous about their kids encountering these “threats” while out trick-or-treating.
“We don’t expect anything to happen this weekend but we are keeping a very tiny eye out for it,” said McGarrigan. “I know it looks like a perfect time for people to strike and get away with it but I don’t believe people in this town are that stupid.”
The events are labeled as high schoolers’ shenanigans by some community members. Police officers are suggested to take an assembly and discuss the matter with the kids.
“We believe that you guys won’t be stupid and won’t need that talk,” Officer McGarrigan added. “You guys are around 16-17 year olds and are educated and understand that we won’t need to do cautionary things about this so called ‘epidemic’.”
With speculation all around the U.S, the next big question is where will the clowns strike next, but McGarrigan doesn’t think that next place is here.
“We don’t think it will truly come up in Ketchikan just because we are in such a small town,” said McGarrigan. “I can understand this kind of thing happening in big cities or areas, but not in a small town like Ketchikan.”
When and if the time comes, The Ketchikan Police Department will be ready.
“We can’t really do anything unless something happens, it’s like you can’t have a drug awareness program when drugs aren’t being abused in a certain area,” said McGarrigan. “It’s a reactionary thing and we will have to wait and see what happens next.”