OCEAN SPRINGS, MS (WLOX) - Some Ocean Springs students played a role in getting a lot of people "thrilled" about Halloween this year. On Monday, they recreated a classic music video, complete with creepy zombies.
A dark cemetery cluttered with creepy corpses set the somber scene. In the auditorium, you could hear a haunting tune that sounded eerily familiar. Just in time for Halloween, the dancing dead stormed the stage at Ocean Springs Upper Elementary School.
"I thought it was pretty creepy. I thought I was going to get real scared," said sixth grader Caleb Root.
The sixth-grade Connections gifted students choreographed their own version of Michael Jackson's famous music video "Thriller."
"We watched the video before we rehearsed. We had to do fake blood and stuff and it kept getting everywhere," said sixth grader Kylee Chuilli.
Performing arts is one of the components of the gifted program. The group of more than 100-zombies started preparing for their frightening performance in early October.
"We had to make our costumes at home. I think it was really fun to do it together as a group, as sixth grade, we could do something so big together," said sixth grader Sophie Kahle.
For the finale, ghosts and other ghastly creatures roamed the aisles to scare the audience.
"Oh, it was great! I can tell they put a lot of hard work into it," said Ocean Springs parent Kalyn Balius, who brought her three-month-old baby Madeline.
Everyone looked like they had a "spooktacular" time. When asked if the show put her in the Halloween spirit, Balius replied, "Oh definitely! We're ready. We're tricking or treating tonight."
"It makes me really excited to get home and get in my costume," said Caleb.
The students put on four performances for all the fifth and sixth graders at the school, as well as people from the community.