One of our oldest and dearest traditions in the dorms is the annual Candy Run. I have yet to meet a former San Domenico boarder who doesn't fondly remember running up and down the halls collecting candy. While no one seems to remember when this tradition began, it's easy to imagine that what originated with trick-or-treating down the halls, evolved into the high-speed version we have today.
The concept is simple: each floor takes turns running up and down the various hallways of other floors while students toss candy into their various receptacles. Each floor has 3 minutes to complete their candy run, visiting as many floors and collecting as much candy as possible. Any candy remaining on the ground is gathered and recycled for the next batch of students. The cycle continues until each floor has had an opportunity. In recent years, North 2 has taken the Candy Run to the next level, decorating their halls, using lights and spooky sound effects, and creating their own haunted house, complete with students jumping out to scare unsuspecting visitors. This year they did not disappoint, with prefect Tobe organizing the decorations and execution of the evening's festivities.
Seasoned Candy Runners have a few tricks up their sleeves: they know to use a receptacle with a large opening, like a pillow case, a laundry hamper, or a box. We saw one runner with a desk drawer! Orange plastic jack-o-lanterns have too tiny a target for catching flying candy. Other strategies include breaking away from the pack. If everyone on your hall is headed to East 1, your best bet is to head toward West 1, where all of the candy will be directed at you alone. Some students yell out their candy requests as they run, to varying degrees of success.
After everyone has had their chance to run, students spread out their loot in the hallways, and the Great Candy Swap begins, where boarders trade and barter to customize their candy supply.
The Candy Run always marks the beginning of Halloween for us in Boarding, so we wish you all an early Happy Halloween!
*Please note that the boarding students on campus have formed a “bubble” after having either quarantined individually (if arriving by plane) or adhering to our procedures of distancing and masking (if arriving by car) for a minimum of 14 days. After carefully following these procedures and testing negative for Covid-19, our "bubble boarders" are allowed to interact on our side of the campus without wearing masks or social distancing (with the exception of the Dining Hall). The adult resident faculty, their families, and all other staff on campus wear masks and maintain social distance at all times.
-Sonya Evans, Resident Faculty and Upper School English Teacher