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Mattingly Decorates for Halloween

By: Staff Writer Didi Wu


Smoke Signal: We’ve heard that you decorate your classroom yearly for various occasions, such as for 9/11 and the Hiroshima unit as well as Halloween. How did you get this idea?

Kathy Mattingly: “I don’t know. I had this stuff, the decorations and lights, and I thought I would use them.

SS: How long have you been doing this?halloween 1

KM: “For the last 20 years. I’ve been [at MSJ] for 32.”

SS: Why do you decorate the classroom like this for “The Raven” at Halloween?

KM: “I want them to go into the classroom and go ‘ooh’. I turn the lights down, because it’s all about the initial impact. It’s not the expected thing; it’s fun. That’s what school’s about right?”

SS: Could you clarify what you mean by fun?

KM: “Do you remember kindergarten? And then you go to high school, and it’s not fun anymore. I would rather have it be fun than drudgery.”


SS: Is there anything else you hope the students can get out of this?

KM: “I want them to think they’re worth the time and effort it takes to [decorate the classroom]. [It took] three hours yesterday after school, with my sister’s help.”



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