MAPLEWOOD, NJ - The Seth Boyden Demonstration School in Maplewood will not hold any in-school Halloween activities this year, nor will the staff allow students to wear costumes in school on Halloween, Monday, October 31.
Principal Damion Frye sent home a letter to parents at the beginning of October, listing the upcoming events and plans for the month. The school held a Harvest Festival on October 15, but have opted out of celebrating Halloween at school this year.
“In keeping with last year’s decision, please do not send your child to school in costume with candy on October 31st. We thank you in advance for your continued cooperation,” the letter from Frye read.
The issue of Halloween celebrations at Seth Boyden first arose in October, 2014, when Seth Boyden Principal Mark Quiles sent an email to the school community stating that Halloween would not be celebrated at school -- only to have acting Superintendent James Memoli reverse that decision a few days later.
In 2015, Seth Boyden also did not plan any in-school Halloween events or activities (read more here).
Suzanne Turner, Director of Strategic Communications for the South Orange-Maplewood School District, also confirmed that while Halloween would not be celebrated at Seth Boyden this year, Halloween parades are scheduled during the school day at the five other elementary schools in the South Orange-Maplewood school district -- Clinton, Tuscan, Marshall, Jefferson and South Mountain (including South Mountain Annex).