Field of Screams from a newbie’s perspective

Every year in October, I am always bombarded with advertisements for Field of Screams on TV, the radio and in the newspaper. I had high expectations for this famous haunted attraction that claimed to be one of the scariest and haunted places in PA. There are four attractions called the Den of Darkness, Nocturnal Wasteland, Frightmare Asylum and a Haunted Hayride. It sounded like a promising idea to go with a bunch of friends and scare ourselves silly. Even though it has its upsides and downsides including the price, lines and attractions, I genuinely did have a good time with the company of my friends screaming in my ear the entire night.

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Simple Do-It-Yourself Halloween Costumes

Halloween is quickly approaching and the scramble for an original costume has begun. Unfortunately, a simple bedsheet is not a sufficient costume now. Costumes are getting more expensive every year. Luckily, you can make some amazing costumes by yourself with simple craft supplies and some old clothes.

These costumes are so easy to make that even a zombie could do it.

The Classics

  1. The vampire: Black pants and a red shirt are the basics for this costume. Use blood red lipstick on your mouth, or just smear some red face paint around your mouth.
  2. The female ghost: Find an old white dress (or buy one from Salvation Army) and tear the bottom. Wear white tights. Paint your face with white paint (make sure it is non-toxic first!)
  3. The male ghost: Wear a white shirt with white pants. Paint your face with white paint.
  4. The zombie: Find some old, dark clothing. Splatter some red paint all over the clothing.  Use face paint or makeup to make dark circles under your eyes. Dab some red paint near your mouth for an extra creepy effect.
  5. The witch: Any purple or green clothing will work for a witch.The hat is what makes this costume. You easily can make your own. If you want a Wicked Witch of the West look, feel free to paint your face green. If you want a more natural look, you can follow this more complicated tutorial.  The broomstick is optional.

The Modern Hits

  1. Elsa and Anna: If you are looking for cute costumes to wear with a friend, you should go as this duo from Disney’s Frozen. For Elsa, anything that is blue and sparkly will work. Or, if you need to make a blue dress sparkly, follow this tutorial. If you want to take it up a notch, make a cape fit for a queen. Put your hair in a side braid and finish the look with some sparkly makeup. For Anna, you will need a dark blue skirt and a black top. Throw a purple coat on and pull your hair into two side braids. Now you are ready to build a snowman.
  2. The Joker: All you need for this costume is some green hair chalk and red lipstick. Run the hair chalk throughout your hair and smear the lipstick all over your face.
  3. Batman: Wear an all black outfit. You can even make your own Batman cape.   You can find a black mask, or paint your face to look like Batman’s mask. Bonus points if you and a friend go together as Batman and the Joker!
  4. Katniss Everdeen: For the outfit, wear a pair of distressed jeans, lace-up boots, and a plain t-shirt. If needed, layer an army jacket over the shirt. To finish the costume, fix your hair into the signature side braid.
  5. Wordplay costumes: You will be the funniest person at the Halloween party with any of these costumes. You can be anything from a ceiling fan to pumpkin pie.

The true magic of Halloween is how a little bit of paint and fabric can transform you into someone else’s nightmare.

If you want to see what other teenagers in York County are doing for Halloween, check out this article.


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York County teens share their Halloween traditions

Halloween is the first of the wondrous triumvirate of late-in-the-year holidays that seems to hold the sole purpose of filling us with lots of goodies and treats. And, just like Christmas and Thanksgiving, Halloween also has its traditions like trick-or-treating and carving pumpkins. Here, a few teens share their own unique Halloween traditions.

Adrielle Smith-Stevens


“[My siblings and I] would dress up as the same thing or similar characters. Like, if one of us dressed as Mickey Mouse, one of my other siblings would dress as Minnie Mouse or Donald Duck. Then, our family and friends would all go out together.”
– Adrielle Smith-Stevens, ninth grade at Susquehannock High School

Alexis Czaplinski


“My little brother and I used to dress up as a pair. For example, when I was 8 and he was 5, I was a remote and he dressed up as the TV. We also did one where I was Santa and he was a bag of presents.”
– Alexis Czaplinski, 11th grade at Susquehannock High School

Allie Blackwell


“My birthday is the day after Halloween, so every Halloween I have a birthday party. We go bobbing for apples, have pie-eating contests, and see who has the best costume and they get a trophy. The best costume I saw was when I was turning 10. My mom dresses up as a hobo. She got root beer and put it in a paper bag and pretended to smoke a cigar.”
– Allie Blackwell, 9th grade at Susquehannock High School

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Central York journalism students take ‘Ice Breaker’ challenge

The Ice Bucket Challenge has been the most recent internet phenomenon to capture the world’s attention and send people into a video taping frenzy. The challenge was intended to spread awareness for Lou Gherig’s disease, also referred to as ALS, by giving people 24 hours to either dump a bucket of ice water over their head or donate money to the ALS Foundation. The chain of videos spread quickly across YouTube and caught the attention of celebrities and other notable figures. However, when Lucinda Hogentogler, a journalism teacher at Central York High School, accepted the challenge, she decided to change the rules. At the end of her video, instead of asking others to participate, she challenged the editors of Central’s newspaper, The Prowler, to an Ice Breaker Challenge. These rules were a little different.

The editors were given 24 days to get in contact with someone who had been diagnosed, or affected, by ALS, interview them and then write an article about it. And, when the 24 days were up, each editor had completed the challenge, offering a new perspective and a greater understanding on what ALS really is. A preview of the editors stories can be found below as well as links to read the full articles on The Prowler’s website.

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Is healthy really healthy?


First Lady Michelle Obama’s initiative to create a healthier America sounded like a pleasant proposal. The promotion of the food pyramid, exercise and nutrition education promised to be influential and positive changes to society. At the time, I thought to myself, who could ever have a problem with a woman trying to create a happier and more fit Nation? It turns out that just a few years later, me, and about 4,000 other students, at Central York High School could.

Within the first week of the new school year, the change in attitude within the student body became noticeably, and more often audibly, apparent within the cafeteria. There was not a single starch left that hadn’t become whole grain, nor a snack that didn’t flaunt the words ‘low fat’ across its packaging. Plus, our lunches were about thirty cents more expensive than they had been in previous years.

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Post Homecoming Ideas

The Homecoming dance just ended, but that doesn’t mean the fun has to, right? So, what do you do?

For a more traditional route you can:

  • Go to an after party
  •  Bowling
  •  Go to a friend’s house and play board games all night long ( From personal experience, this was an absolute blast)

What something more original, and unique? I polled several of my peers, “What are some cool post-homecoming ideas that will keep the fun going all night long?” These are the results: 

  •  “Go to the movies” -Kylee Dorsey, senior at William Penn High School  
  •  “Hide-n-Seek in a random store” – Alondra Espinosa, junior at William Penn High School 
  •  “Laser Tag” -Nakiyah Wilson, junior at William Penn High School
  •  “Emiliano suggested we play Man Hunt (More challenging game of Hide-n-Seek) in your Homecoming attire” -Kaliopi Orlof, junior at William Penn High School

Now whether you are more traditional, or you are up for an adventure these after-Homecoming ideas will suffice any type of person. You want to have an awesome night, and what you do will determine whether you had fun. Remember though, stay safe while having fun. Be responsible, and think before you act. Your mission that night is to have an amazing time at the dance, but to also arrive at home safely!

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Race to read ‘The Maze Runner’ by James Dashner before seeing the movie

‘The Maze Runner’ by James Dasher has recently been released in theaters, and everyone is running to see it. The action-packed trailers are pretty tempting, but I recommend reading the book before watching the movie, especially since you would be missing out on an amazing book if you only saw it in theaters.

The book starts with Thomas waking up in a box as black and empty as his drained mind. He cannot remember anything except for his first name, but that is not going to help him in the Maze. For two years, dozens of boys have been locked in the Maze and the only way to escape is to solve the pathless Maze. Every night, the Maze changes into a new passage of terrors. This is also when the murderous beasts linger in the Maze. The fragile peace that the boys have made crumbles when Thomas arrives, and he is left to put the pieces together again.

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The best of the Internet (or should I say the worst)

Let me just first say that the Internet is one of the most useful sources of knowledge there is. We as a society have built something that that allows us to have the knowledge of the universe right at our fingertips. And do you know what we do with it?

We look up pictures of cats in funny costumes and Facebook. But even if you think that this is the worst the world wide web can offer you, well then do I have a thing or two to show you. After a whole day of “research” (and a lot of time wasted on Procatinator) I have found some of the weirdest and most useless sites ever to exist.

The first useless site I found was Ducks Are the Best, which is pretty much a site that is just ducks following your mouse around in front of a screen that changes color. There is also the site Is it Christmas Yet ,which reminds you that it isn’t that most wonderful time of the year yet: it’s very sad. But wait, there’s more than just this!

There’s also a site called Cat Bounce and I’m sure you can guess what this site is about from the name or there’s also the Blue Ball Machine, which is oddly satisfying. Here are a couple others that I found:

Koalas to the Max (which has nothing to do with koala bears)

Random Colour

Dictionary of Obscure Sorrows

And there was a whole lot more. But frankly, the question I really want to know was who the heck made these sites? I mean really they are all just a waste of time!

I just can’t believe this is what has become the Internet now. Why would you need a site with just a random color or one that just has bouncing cats?

After seeing all those other useless and silly sites, you probably thought you hit rock bottom. But think again and check out this site.

If you need me, I’ll just be on Facebook looking at more pictures of cats in funny costumes.

By Noah Schmitt

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The Classiest Sports Around

Well the York Fair has come and gone and what a fair it was this year. I must say that it gets better every year, but my favorite thing has to be the horse-racing at the grandstands. This great sport, once one of the most popular and highly classy sports of the day, now in my opinion plays second-fiddle to sports like football and fuetbol (soccer). Actually more like third or maybe even fifth-fiddle. 

While maybe adults still appreciate it, most of the youth of today could care less for the highly esteemed sports of the day and we’re not just talking about horse-racing here. You could also consider Cricket, Polo, sharpshooting, boating, even dueling pistols (Granted, that one is not as popular now for good reasons)

The point is that these sports, which were so amazing in their own way, are now pushed aside by football, hockey, or baseball. Don’t get me wrong, I like baseball just as much as the next guy, but any of those old-time sports could blow away the “modern” ones with ease.

Lets take a look at polo for example. According to Encyclopedia Britannica, polo was first played in Persia (Iran) at dates given from the 6th century BC to the 1st century AD. Other authors give dates as early as the 5th century BC (or earlier). Its birthplace was Asia and authorities credit Persian Emperor Shapur II of the Sassanid dynasty of the 4th century who learned to play polo when he was seven years old. Naqsh-i Jahan Square is a polo field which was built by King Abbas I in the 17th century. Just the introduction sounds pretty awesome! Every country that plays polo has their own version of the game, making it a sport that really attracts individuality.

Or look at Cricket. Cricket is a bat-and-ball game played between two teams of 11 players each on a field at the centre of which is a rectangular 22-yard long pitch. Each team takes its turn to bat, attempting to score runs, while the other team fields. Each turn is known as an innings. Sound a little familiar? It’s basically an early version of Baseball.

So if you ask me the sports of old are just as good as the sports of today or maybe even better.

By Noah Schmitt


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