McHenry High School's student-written and -edited newspaper

The McHenry Messenger

McHenry High School's student-written and -edited newspaper

The McHenry Messenger

McHenry High School's student-written and -edited newspaper

The McHenry Messenger

Hocus Pocus 2 is a disappinting cash grab that does not live up to the original movie.

Review: They’re back!

Beth Brackmann, Staff Writer October 13, 2022

This new take on this classic Halloween movie has some people pleased, while others believe it’s just another one of Disney’s cheap Disney+ cash grabs. 29 years after the release of the original movie,...

My Best Friend is a Vampire is a funny and spooky movie that offers a fresh new story for viewers enjoy this fall.

Groovy Movies: I’m a vampire!

Kennedy Tetour, Managing Editor November 3, 2021

“My Best Friend is a Vampire” is a 1987 spooky teen comedy that stars a bunch of people I’ve never heard of. The film, though very odd at times, is charming and offers a fresh fall story to enjoy...

Actors pose as killer clowns during the Haunted Hayride through Peterson Park this fall hosted by the Wonder Lake Ski Team.

Haunted Hayride rolls on

Jaylyn Dolan, Contributing Writer October 29, 2021

Children and adults climbed onto trailers and hopped on hay bales at Peterson Park last weekend, ready to experience one of McHenry’s Halloween traditions: The Haunted Hayride.  Peterson Park has...

Halloween vs Christmas op-ed

Point-counterpoint: Christmas in November

November 19, 2020

Every year one of the biggest debates comes around after Halloween: does Christmas start in November? Many people begin setting up Christmas decorations, listening to Christmas music, and drinking their...

Right as the Halloween decorations come down, it only makes sense to put up Christmas decorations. Why not make the most wonderful time of year a little longer?

Pro: The Christmas season begins November 1

Kiera Loewe, Social Media Director November 19, 2020

Time to break out the Christmas Spotify playlist! What could be better than getting ready for the most wonderful time of year? When it’s November 1, Halloween is old news and it’s time to prepare. Some...

Theres a holiday between Halloween and Christmas called Thanksgiving. Lets celebrate each of these holidays one at a time and make the most out of them.

Con: Let’s celebrate one holiday at a time

Josie Cable, Opinions Editor November 19, 2020

During the beginning of November, people already string lights and hang wreaths. Although the holiday gets everyone excited, it's no fun to rush it. With Halloween just ending and Thanksgiving still to...

With the current state of the pandemic, many are wondering if trick-or-treating is even a good idea, let alone what it would look like this year.

Opinion: Trick-or-treat safely, or don’t trick-or-treat

Josie Cable, Staff Reporter October 26, 2020

With Halloween right around the corner, kids are getting excited about traditional festivities. However with covid numbers still climbing it's hard to depict where lines have to be drawn. Schools, sports,...

Though McHenrys Haunted Hayride is well-known spooky tradition in the area, few know that MCHS students volunteer each year to play ghouls and zombies.

Spooky, scary town staple

Stacy Correra, Staff Writer October 31, 2019

The wooden cart bumps down the path of Deadwood Forest as the smell of hay and truck exhaust fills the air. A teen-aged girl stands in the back of the truck that pulls the cart, telling the passengers...

Piper Spengel has expressed her passion for special effects makeup since sixth grade. She tries to stop herself each year by upping the gore and the concept behind it.

Creepy creativity

Jared Bysiek, Features Editor October 31, 2019

On a windy fall day, Piper Spengel enters her local Halloween store with excitement. She looks around with a sharp eye at every costume and accessory possible. With no clear plan on what to dress up as,...

Halloween is an enormous and unavoidable part of pop culture, but does it leave a key group of people out by restricting trick-or-treating to children and their parents?

Opinion: Is trick-or-treating just for kids?

Hayley DuHamel, Staff Writer October 29, 2019

Halloween is right around the corner, and that means it’s time for costumes, parties, and haunted attractions. Arguably the most iconic part of Halloween is the trick-or-treating. While it is very fun,...

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