How's Halloween at your schools?

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  1. Backroads

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    I'm merely appreciating what is getting done. A few bigger projects, lots of time to do them.

    And my school doesn't even allow costumes.
     
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    We kind of go all out--class pumpkin decorating contest, dress in costume or in school spirit colours, assembly, class parties and grade 6-8 dance in the afternoon. It's crazy, but fun. We all go in knowing that it's a write-off of a day.
     
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    I have two classes of Seniors today, and just one kid in a costume. I made them write an essay on existentialism in The Stranger -- which is scary enough already :D
     
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    We don't allow costumes--thank goodness! Students and teachers can wear orange and black, though.

    Costumes are a total nightmare at the elementary level. One can't begin to imagine the # of phone calls we receive from angry parents due to costumes that are torn, dirty, have misplaced parts, etc.
     
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    We do not have any type of celebration at my school. It was still a wash this afternoon. As the day wore on, their attention spans were on anything but school.
     
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    My school last year had the option of a costume or PJs. The day itself is a blur - my class watched a movie (which did actually tie in with what we'd been learning... just in case admin asked!) but that's about all I remember. Valentine's Day was much worse though!
     
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    I teach in a Christian private school, so no Halloween for us. However, today was stranger than any Halloween party could be. We had sewage problems, 2 working bathrooms for 250+ people, an attachment to help open the door broke and spilled hydraulic fluid all over, and a parent who claimed their boy's poor behavior was due to the fact that he was possessed.
     
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    We've usually just allowed it during grade-level parties, but this year they were allowed to wear it all day long. It actually didn't seem to make a difference...if anything, it made life a bit easier because there wasn't the changing in/out.

    Quite honestly, the day went just about like an average day. The past two Halloweens have featured a cumulative assessment (i.e. on multiple topics of math instead of just one) falling on the day or the day before it, which certainly has made it easier for that focus to remain.
     
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    Today was normal for us! Only one student wore some face paint and the para brought cupcakes for the students to eat at the end of the day.
     
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    They do trick or treat on the weekend, so today just feels like a normal day to my kids. Half of them didn't even remember it was Halloween!
     
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    I teach high school math. I gave a quiz today. Some of them had costumes on, and some of the costumes are a little borderline in terms of dress code, but so are some of the normal outfits...
     
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    I remember being shocked at the costumes some people wore when I was in high school. Sexy everything, some gory costumes... it was a bit overwhelming and I can’t imagine how it was allowed since our dress code was... not strict, but definitely more modest than what was worn on Halloween.
     
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    Not even funny. We have dozens of children that are possessed by demons. What other explanation could there be?
     
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    Middle School here. Costumes + Candy filled kids+ a LOCK DOWN?= HALLOWEEN is hereby canceled from this day forward!
     
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    If your religion believes that children can be possessed by demons, I'm certainly not going to say you're wrong.
    My religion does not believe in that and I prefer to believe in a more scientific or behavioral answer.
     
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    That. Was. A. Joke. :eek:
     
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    SO MUCH CANDY.CAKE.cookies donuts sweets candy candy candy overall. It was a blast the kids had fun and most of my parents showed up with treats for everyone
     
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    I had a few kids in costumes yesterday. It was pretty adorable. Today is worse. So much candy everywhere. SO. MUCH. CANDY. I've taken up a ton of candy because it's being a distraction.
     
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    Nada. No costumes or celebrations allowed on campus...
     
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    There are worse explanations, I suppose. :rolleyes:

    (As a note on the reality of possession, my school is largely Mormons and Catholics, and both religious accept the possibility of possession, the latter being more likely to believe it, I suppose, at least with our local cultures, but wow, that's a new excuse!)
     
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    I personally think it was highly inconsiderate to say the students were "possessed." How do you think the demons feel, always being demonized like that? I prefer demon-first language: for example, the demon was humanized by the child.

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    :rolleyes:
     
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    I'm repeating the words of the parent.
    And I sort of feel sorry for the demon...
     
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    I know...but there are many people out there who believe possession is true.
     
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    In all seriousness, I do.

    But I also think the parent remark and the ensuing conversation here is hilarious. I can take a good possession joke.
     
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    OMG THAT IS THE FUNNIEST THING I HAVE SEEN IN AS LONG AS I CAN REMEMBER!!! OMG!!! ROTFLMAO!!!

    Oh, this is too good!!!

    Sometimes, this job leaves me unable to laugh. It was great to stumble upon this little post today. Thank you for brightening my entire week!
     
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    I really hate the lame, half-assed "dress like a literary character" thing that schools try to do. Either have Halloween or don't have it. Preferably, do Halloween! It's fun!
     
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    Our heat isn't working (LONG story), so we've had calamity days since Tuesday. Hoping there will be warmth on Friday and that any mischief / candy hyperactivity is done by then.
     
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    I'm so glad...I was wondering as I typed that if I would actually offend someone else somehow...Any demons in the house? :p
     
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    There was a home invasion taking place as kids were in session across the street...we were forced to stay locked in our classrooms with kids in costumes, candy and not enough sugar for this teacher to keep up! Longest25mins EVER.
     
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    I'm convinced that school parties and fun days are instructional time. The special fun disruption of the daily routine, the class working together to enjoy a special activity, these experiences enhance the return to routine the next day or next week.
     
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    Yeah, it's really inconsiderate. There should definitely be some sort of anti demon bullying campaign!
    We had some students dress up in costumes, each class decorated a pumpkin for display and we had a few other activities. We also all got apple cider donuts! One class put together treat bags for all the kids. One kid came to school the next day sick...his mom said it was because he ate too much Halloween candy that night. Ummm....o_O
     
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