Each year, having students (and staff) dress up for Halloween adds to the rich culture of school spirit we encourage at WO. It is always fun to see the creative costumes that are worn by everyone who participates in this fun day. With that being said, we do try to put some guidelines in place to help students navigate this day successfully.
The number one issue which needs addressing, year in and year out, is when students create a group costume and, purposefully, exclude others from participating in their group. This inevitably leads to hurt feelings, tears, and the need for our social workers to help students work through the conflict. Please, if your child is thinking about participating in a group costume with friends, ensure they are allowing any others who want to be a part of the group costume to participate with them.
Here are the general rules we share with the students regarding Halloween costumes:
1. Students may wear Halloween costumes but must be recognizable, i.e. no masks or facial coverings.
2. Any student wearing a costume must fully prepare before arriving to school. Spray cans, hair coloring, spray string, face painting, etc. will NOT be allowed at school.
3. Face painting is allowed only if the student is recognizable and the painting applies to the costume being worn, i.e. whiskers for a cat.
4. No toy (or real) weapons are allowed at school.
5. Group costumes are discouraged when they involve the exclusion of other students.
6. Parents are encouraged to supervise their child’s costume choice – keeping in mind that ultimately, Wood Oaks serves as a place of learning, safety, and appropriateness.
If a costume is determined by a staff member or administrator to be a disruption to the school environment, a possible safety hazard, or inappropriate, the student will be asked to change into different clothes or their gym uniform. Thank you for your partnership in making sure that this fun holiday does not stand in the way of the important teaching and learning that must continue.