Like in previous years, Greentree School put on an action-packed Halloween season for kids this year. One of the highlights every year is the annual Halloween parade, where kids dress up in their costumes and show them off to all the kids, teachers and parents at an after-school event.
Principal Erin Campbell-Bentley remembers being skeptical when she first got to Greentree and her colleagues told her about the school's Halloween tradition.
"When I first came here and they told me that we parade through each classroom and pick up the classroom as we go along, all I could think of was 'Right, that's going to work...' It is so amazing."
The parade does sound like a recipe for disaster, unless the kids are on their best behaviour and the teachers have organized them well.
"We start with grade six and they go to the other grade six class and they file through so that everyone gets to see their costumes and then, as they're walking out the door, that class joins them and they go to the third grade six class," explained Campbell-Bentley. "After they've been six, five, four, three, two, one, K, they file into the gym [where the parents are]."
On Halloween day itself, the school holds activities, most interesting of which could be the pair of jack-o-lantern judging contests.
"The penitentiary brings us pumpkins that have been carved for us to judge. And this year, [the kids] could carve their own [pumpkin] and bring it in and we had prizes per grade for that as well."
Campbell-Bentley said that once the fun has subdued from Halloween, the school switches gears entirely to begin preparing for their somber Remembrance Day proceedings.
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