Long after the pint-size ghouls and goblins had left the streets, students donned saint wear: robes, mitres and medallions. They marched from the church to the Catholic school on Tuesday in honor of All Saints Day.
Once there, the 154 students treated their families and church parishioners to the third annual “Living Saints Museum.” The students dressed up and played the part of their favorite saint for the interactive museum. Students from kindergarten through eighth grade participated.
There were a variety of saints, ranging from St. Louigi Scrosoppi — the patron saint of soccer players — to St. John Bosco — the patron saint of editors and youth.
“The kids really get into it,” said Ingrid Spencer, fourth-grade teacher.
Each student had about three weeks in the school’s computer lab and at home to research their selected saint.
Ian White, who dressed as St. Jude, said he learned a lot from the project.
“I learned that he cured a king of leprosy and that he was very close to Jesus.”
Conner McGraw chose to play St. Edmond. After explaining some details of his gruesome demise, he went on to re-enact his death, falling on the ground and gasping for air.
“He’s my favorite saint, I have two movies about him,” he said.
Some students relied on new technology to research an old topic. William Matney took on the role of St. Ignatius of Laconi, who lived in the 1700s. He said he was not very well-known.
But, “the Internet has a lot of stuff,” William said.
For some it was more than increasing their book knowledge. Madilyne Tomaszewski had to overcome her shyness when she delivered her mini-presentation.
“It was definitely a good thing,” said Kristy Tomaszewski, Madilyne’s mother.
Materials for the costumes came from Goodwill, costume shops or old Christmas tree skirts and table cloths.
“The parents did a lot,” said Kristen Walker, an eighth-grade teacher, who added that the museum drew about 500 visitors. “We are all very proud of our school and this is a great way to show it off.”
The costumes got double use. The church put on an All Saints Party on Monday — Halloween — as a safe alternative to trick-or-treating.
“It’s better for us to have students dress up as saints, instead of demons and devils,” said Father Derek Lappe, Our Lady Star of the Sea pastor.