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This Halloween Read-a-thon challenge will run from 7pm - 7am at the Townsend Harris High School building ON OCTOBER 27. The event will shift between reading sessions and "hang out sessions." Students who are still awake and reading when the sun comes up will win 500 points for themselves and their teams for the Yearlong Reading Challenge.


You can learn about last year's event below:

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Learn about last year's different events below. We will update this for 2023 and send out the new events closer to the date of The Witching Hour.

Reading Events

Reading sessions will offer students two different ways to enjoy reading. The first is to simply read your own book in your own spot in the Gym. You can read a book, an e-book, listen to an audiobook, read a comic, etc. The second is to join a "reading room" where you can listen to stories read aloud (and read them aloud) in a group. Here are the Reading Room Options:

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The Horror Room – hear Halloween stories that only the bravest among us should be prepared to hear.

The Scary Room – hear more middle school level scary stories that any among you should be able to survive.

The Nursery Room – hear Halloween stories that are for children because you want to have a Halloween-themed night but know you can’t handle more than some sweet, good-natured, nostalgic Halloween picture books.

The Gothic Reading Room - hear classic Halloween stories read aloud. Think Edgar Allen Poe. 


Image by Hannah Troupe

Hang Out Excursions

In between reading sessions, you will be able to hang out with your friends. Like the reading hours, you can either choose to stay in the Gym, or you can join "excursions" where you participate in Halloween-themed activities. Here are the excursion options:

Arts & Crafts Room – think “paint night” but for books. Draw Halloween-themed pictures with Mr. Spitaleri, design bookmarks, or craft your own version of the living books from Harry Potter and Hocus Pocus.

Trivia & S'Mores in the Courtyard– join Halloween-themed trivia contests with a team and make S'mores with a Mr. Gelbman and his charcoal grill in the Courtyard

Escape the Room – join a team and solve puzzles designed by Ms. Laverde


Movie Rooms – watch a Halloween movie (at different levels of 'not rated R' scary) with friends. 

The Movie Rooms

Here are the movie room options during the "hang out" excursions:

The PG-13 but still Scary Room – the session one film is A Quiet Place, session two is Poltergeist, and session three is The Ring

The 80's Halloween Movie Room – the session one film is Ghostbusters, 
session two is Gremlins, and session three is Beetlejuice.

The Disney Room – the session one film is Cocosession two is Hocus Pocus, and session three is The Nightmare Before Christmas.

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