Costumes Banned for Some Harlem Elementary Schools

By: Tina Stein
By: Tina Stein

There's a little more work to do on Kylee Semenchuk Tinkerbell costume. So to keep in the Halloween spirit, the six-year-old models an old flower girl dress, soon to be warn as a princess gown by her older sister Kirstin. But unlike Kylee, Kirstin won't be wearing her costume to school.

"It's kind of sad because I grew up doing that and look forward to my kids being about to do that kind of fun stuff," says PTA President Char Semenchuk.

For the first time, Loves Park Elementary School and four other elementaries in the Harlem School District won't be allowing costumes in class on Halloween.

"Every year there's probably five or six kids in each grade sometimes more who don't have costumes and then they feel left out and dread the day or they don't come to school at all," Semenchuk says.

Loves Park also canceled the school costume parade due to sexual predators living nearby. And with so many kids caught in custody battles, administrators are fearful of letting an unwelcome parent on school grounds.

"You have parents coming in costume with masks extra children you don't know if the kids belong in the school if they don't belong in the school. If they walk out the kids are they checked out correctly."

Some parents think the school district is being overprotective and that Halloween should be more than just candy.

The three remaining Harlem Elementary Schools will ban costumes starting next year. The middle and high school haven't allowed them for quite some time. Loves Park Elementary School will host a fall festival on Friday. It's at Grace Lutheran Church from 5-30 to 8. Parents are required to attend.

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  • by glenn watson Location: machesney park on Oct 29, 2007 at 04:37 PM
    over reacting as usual,glad i grew up when school was fun. If they cant take there mask off to see who belongs there just shows how lazy are teachers are! Where do they get kids being jealous about not wearing costumes;parents!!! Its no wonder the drop out rate is so high in this area.
  • by Virginia Location: Rockford on Oct 29, 2007 at 03:29 PM
    if your school alows halloween costumes howare the going to control wepons srom coming to school when some costumes are made baggie or lose. That makes it easy to hide under the costumes.
  • by Lorri Fread Location: Loves Park on Oct 29, 2007 at 03:28 PM
    I think there only hurting the kids,my son is very upset about not to be able yto wear his halloween costume to school now he doesn't even want to do anything with halloween either.
  • by Jenny Location: Rockford on Oct 29, 2007 at 03:16 PM
    I think it would make it easier to bring real guns and knifes to school. All you have to do is hide the wepon under your halloween costume and walk into school as usarel and knowbody whould know or think any deferant.
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