Palatine High School to Host Annual ‘Trick or Treat with Pirate Pete’ Event for Community


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Palatine High School will host its annual Trick or Treat with Pirate Pete event on Oct. 29 from 5:00 to 6:30 p.m. at Palatine High School, 1111 N. Rohlwing Rd.

Children ages ten and under and accompanied by an adult are invited to attend the free annual celebration of the fall season. Students from a variety of Palatine High School clubs, organizations, programs, and athletic teams will staff the event.

The gym and cafeteria will have a large selection of carnival type games for the children to play, and classrooms throughout the first floor of the school will be decorated using themes. Each classroom has a sign outside letting parents know if the room is “scary” or “not scary” for the children. Many treats will be handed out at the event.

Palatine High School staff and student groups along with community organizations and businesses sponsor the event. One of the annual sponsors is the PHS Pirate Boosters. The Booster Club provides an annual grant of $1,700 to subsidize the supplies and candy purchases. In addition, the Booster Club president sends a letter to area businesses soliciting treats and supplies for the event.

“The PHS Pirate Boosters exist to enhance the PHS experience for our students,” said PHS Pirate Boosters Co-President Alissa DePue. “We do this both monetarily and through deed. Supporting the trick or treat festival is one way we demonstrate that mission. By aiding our community, all children – student volunteers and young attendees alike – are impacted in a positive and meaningful way.”

PHS Principal Gary Steiger planned the first trick or treat event at Fremd High School after attending a similar community event with his children, and has been hosting the event at Palatine High School for the last 19 years. Steiger looks at the event as a way to give back to the Palatine community.

“The trick or treat festival started out as a small way to allow our students to give back to the community of Palatine and has become such a big part of our community that it is wonderful to see,” Stegier said. “It really is a great community event that lets our Pirates give back by providing our future Pirates a warm, dry and safe place to go trick or treating.”

Palatine High School Chemistry teacher Nicki O’Keefe, who is helping plan the event this year, remembers Trick or Treat with Pirate Pete from her time at Palatine High School as a student. She said she enjoyed decorating a room for the local community children to trick or treat safely.

“This is a great opportunity for families to bring their children to a warm, safe and friendly environment to trick or treat,” O’Keefe said.


For more information about Trick or Treat with Pirate Pete, please call Palatine High School at (847) 755-1600.