The night before the Character Parade, the school’s sanitized celebration of Halloween, a very sad little tree frog struggled to finish her homework. Apparently, doing homework in costume doesn’t make the experience more fun for my second grader.
At least she and her sister were all smiles the next morning at the school’s parade. At this event, the children dress up as storybook characters in lieu of the more traditional ghouls, goblins, and ghosts. As I discussed in “Banning” Halloween:
While Halloween staples exist between the covers of countless children’s books, it seems like the whole point of the school’s decision to hold a low-key “character parade” is to move away from content that might offend some members of our community who view the tradition as an endorsement of paganism.
For my bibliophile kids, the character parade is just as fun as a typical Halloween parade. Here they are this year:
*Thanks to my lovely sister for picking out these costumes with the girls!