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Madison students celebrate Halloween with school parade

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MASSENA - The weather outside was frightful, so a Thursday afternoon Halloween parade at Madison Elementary School was moved inside, with students proudly displaying their costumes as they marched around the school in front of a full house of family members.

“Typically we do it outside so we can spread it out a bit more,” Principal Alan C. Oliver said.

But with a cold rain falling outside, the festivities were moved inside. Class by class, students took their place in the hallway and began their parade through the school’s halls, where family members were lined side-by-side to applaud and take pictures and videos of the costumed students as they walked by. Other family members waited in the gymnasium, another stop on the students’ circuit around the school.

“They line up in order (of class) and walk around,” Mr. Oliver said.

In one wing of the school, sixth-graders who were waiting for their turn to parade around stood by and applauded the younger students as they passed by before joining the group at the end.

The costumes were varied, everything from witches and princesses, to Darth Vader and a Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle, to butterflies and skeletons, to clowns, football players and even walking Crayola crayons.

Some teachers even got in the act, including Mr. Oliver, who was dressed up at Fred Flintstone from the Flintstones cartoon.

Universal pre-kindergarten students had held their Halloween festivities Thursday morning.

“Our morning UPK just finished up with their Halloween party in the cafeteria. We invited parents in, and they did parades and songs,” Mr. Oliver said.

Students in other classes were having their own Halloween fun in between lessons, according to the principal.

“It’s a day of classroom parties and celebrating. At the end of the day we have a parade where all the parents come in,” he said.

Following the parade, parents were able to sign their students out for the day - to get ready for the evening when instead of walking through the school’s halls, they’d be walking around neighborhoods seeking candy from local residents.



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