Monthly Archives: October 2016

Karen’s Korner – HAPPY HALLOWEEN!



Happy Halloween!!

While the story of Halloween originates in Celtic and Christian lore, the modern day

American version is more about community, candy and parties than ghosts and

goblins. As a kid growing up in the suburbs, Halloween activities for me included

bobbing for apples, dressing up in homemade costumes, going to parties and

parading around the neighborhood with my brothers. As a mom in Manhattan,

Halloween means taking my kids into stores on Broadway, and climbing

down from the top floor of an apartment building, knocking on the doors that have

some sort of Halloween sign to indicate they are giving candy. Both then and now,

Halloween meant filling pumpkin-shaped baskets with candy, trading with siblings for

favorite treats, and then rationing the junk food for weeks after. Here’s what some

of our Schodack campers have to say about Halloween in their neighborhood:


Lila Podgainy, high-schooler in Manhattan, writes: At my school, NEST+M, you

are allowed to wear your costume to school the day of Halloween or the Friday

before it happens. The nice teachers give you candy at the end of their class. When I

was younger, I went to my Grandma’s big apartment building and knocked on all the

doors that said they were giving candy. We would climb at least 30 flights of stairs!

Also, on the Upper East Side, they close of some streets (near where my Grandma

lives) and we would walk around over there. Now because I’m older, I go to a

friend’s Halloween party instead of trick-or-treating. My favorite treat to get

would have to be butterfingers or the gummy crabby patties from SpongeBob.


Josie Hoeber, Middle Camper, from Los Angeles, CA writes: This year me and my family decorated my whole house, and we also went to a pumpkin patch. I am having

a party with a bunch of friends, and we are all going trick or treating together. We

are all wearing animal onesies, and they look very cute! My favorite candy is all of

the king sized Twix bars! Happy Halloween!


Isabel and Maya Goldberg, Super Seniors, wrote about memories from trick or

treating in Connecticut: The last Halloween in Connecticut that we can remember,

we were dressed as a teddy bear (Isabel) and Clifford the Big Red Dog (Maya). We

walked down Main Street in Ridgefield, CT, and our house was decorated with

pumpkins. We went door to door trick or treating, and there was always this one

house that was super decorated and they had the best candy – big chocolate bars.

Favorite candy: Isabel: Skittles; Maya: Kit Kat.


Here’s to all you of trick or treating, handing out candy or just eating some…have a

fun Halloween!!

Karen’s Korner – Schodack Meetups

untitledSchodack Sightings started a few years back in response to the number of Schodack campers I would run into on the streets of Manhattan during the year. This latest one – a picture of three Senior 2 girls – is particularly appealing, as it was a random meet-up during a matinee performance of “School of Rock,” the day before school began. All it took was an intermission email from one of the girls – “I’m at School of Rock” – for all three to realize they were at the same performance!

It’s fun to post pictures on social media – Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat, etc. – but there can be a downside to the impulse to share these moments with the world. We’ve all seen the party and sleepover pics that are a painful reminder to those not invited that they were left out. When everyone isn’t included, feelings are bound to be hurt.

We love and encourage camper get-togethers during the year – what can be better than a sleepover with camp friends?! – and we know how hard it is to invite everyone, every time. But we hope that the message we share throughout the summer – be kind, be inclusive, be thoughtful – continues throughout the off-season, and that Schodack campers make an effort to include all of their bunkmates in get-togethers. We know sometimes this is impossible and/or impractical, but sometimes it’s just as easy to invite everyone, and in those instances, we hope your camper will do just that. An upside is it will make posting those photos that much easier!

Parents play a big role in this, and we encourage you to reach out if you have any questions or concerns about any of this. We appreciate all your help in keeping all of our campers feeling loved and cherished by all their Schodack family!