October 23, 2018 / Coverage / Coverage Spotlight / Photography

Make sure your yearbook staff keeps these tips in mind this Halloween

Written by Evan Blackwell, CJE

Next week is Halloween, which is always one of the more colorful, photogenic events of the fall for yearbook staffs to document.

Many schools incorporate Spirit Week around the week of Halloween, so it can be an important coverage week. Make sure your staff photographers and reporters are ready, the way they were for the 2018 Sword & Shield from Saugus High School in Saugus, California.

For their Halloween spread (which can be seen above), they captured several fun photos of the school’s Halloween rally and costume contest between classes, and also captured quotes from students of each class

While you’re here in the Yearbooks Blog, take a look at these additional helpful Halloween-themed posts:

  • Yes, costume pictures are fun. But there’s more photo ops around Halloween week to keep in mind, such as people carving pumpkins and handing out candy. Take a look at this post, which offers Halloween-related photography tips, including how to take the best pics in low light.
  • Halloween can be a good time for a yearbook marketing campaign. Here’s how one school, Shawnee High School in Lima, Ohio, did it – offer a goodie bag of candy to anyone who purchases a yearbook the week of Halloween. You’ll be surprised how well it works!
  • Holidays should be a festive time for your staff around the yearbook room. After all, yearbook is fun! Let the staff dress up in costume for the day (if allowed in your school) and, of course, bring in food as required for all yearbook celebrations.

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Evan Blackwell, CJE

Evan Blackwell, CJE, is the Marketing Automation Supervisor for Walsworth. He's been a writer, editor and web content specialist for Walsworth for the past 15+ years, and is the author of the Yearbook Suite's "The Art of the Interview" unit. Prior to joining Walsworth, Blackwell spent five years as an award-winning newspaper and magazine journalist. He holds a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Kansas.