NJ elementary school cancels its annual Halloween parade


An elementary school in Morristown has canceled its annual Halloween parade out of consideration for students who do not celebrate the holiday, school officials said.

Rather than participate in the parade, students at Thomas Jefferson Elementary School will work together to "escape" their classrooms by solving puzzles. The school’s principal called the alternate activity “The Classroom Escape” in a letter sent home to parents that announced the parade’s cancellation.

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A school-wide Bingo game will also be held following the escape room activity.

One parent told News 12 New Jersey that the students were asked to vote on which activity they preferred, and the majority selected the escape room. 

"My kids are pretty excited. They were able to vote for it in their classroom. They had the opportunity to vote for the escape room or doing the Halloween parade. Both of them voted for the escape room,” Missy Archuleta said.

Others were not as happy about the decision. Pam Paterson told News 12 New Jersey that her fifth-grader didn't get to vote and is disappointed by the unexpected change to the long-standing tradition.

"This is probably going to be his last year celebrating Halloween. So if kids don't celebrate, then obviously that's their right not to celebrate. But it's kind of, I don't know, it’s just disappointing,” she said.

School officials said students can still wear costumes to school on Halloween, and those who do not are encouraged to wear school colors. 

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