Our new principal has decided that our 30 year tradition of having a K-5 Halloween parade followed by a class party is outdated. It usually lasted 1 hour and 15 minutes, total. We had alternative activities in the Library for students who don't want to partake for any reason. They make special autumn crafts and watch a movie. There are about 8 students who go to the library each year out of 600 students. I can understand that many don't practice the tradition of Halloween, but that isn't the reason. We can't have a harvest party, or an autumn party, or any kind of party. No parties are allowed PERIOD. None. They are "a waste of instructional time" according to the new prinicpal. Rather than tell the parents, he just didn't put anything on the 31st on the school calendar that went out on Sept. 30th. He feels this is enough, and that parents will realize that nothing is going on. We, the faculty, have tried to explain to him that the parents will just assume it is "things as usual" since lots of things get left off the school-wide calendar on a regular basis. We have been doing the same thing on Halloween for the past 30 years. Why would the parents expect anything different unless they are told? They have been sending costumes and party items on Halloween since their children were in kindergarten. We have begged him to at least send a note to the parents saying we will not be having parties or a costume parade, but he insists it is not needed. He feels "certain" that no child will show up with a costume, and parents won't send party cupcakes and such. I'm really dreading Oct. 31st. So sadly, I pack my costume up. I won't be wearing it to school this year.. or again, I guess.