Michigan Elementary School Reverses Ban On Halloween Costumes, Parties

Kids at Galewood Elementary will get to celebrate Halloween after all.

WWJ News
October 20, 2019 - 5:55 pm

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CHARLOTTE, Mich. (WWJ) -- A mid-Michigan elementary school has lifted a short-lived ban on students wearing Halloween costumes to school after outrage by parents. 

Officials with Galewood Elementary School in Charlotte had announced last week that classroom parties and costumes would not be allowed on Halloween, citing a "need to protect educational time" on Oct. 31, which is scheduled to be a half-day of school in the district.

But officials have since reversed course on the ban after many parents pushed back on the decision. Parents were upset that other elementary schools in the district were allowed to hold festivities, while their school wasn't.

In a letter to parents, Galewood principal Steve Chartier said smaller classroom gatherings will now be held on Halloween, according to a report from the Lansing State Journal. Parties will apparently "be held at the discretion" of each teacher and have an educational focus.

The school's Halloween parade was also canceled, but all of the Halloween festivities will now be permitted on October 31st.