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Halloween Costumes: Enjoy Your Creativity

Leandre Lowe, Writer

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Halloween is a day where people of all ages, children and adults, ghosts and goblins, etc., can come together and get their “spook on.” People have the opportunity to be the scary clown or dress as their favorite comic book hero, villain, or even as a popular cartoon character. Since October 31 falls on a Tuesday, students of New Milford High School are allowed to get creative and display their spooky side–with certain guidelines that are meant to be safe for that person and those around them:

  1. No Weapons
  2. No Masks
  3. No Inappropriate Clothing

But a significant question can be asked: where does one draw the line for questionable costumes? Isn’t Halloween supposed to be a time for horror and fright, not for costumes with seductive tones that brings to light the thought-provoking question of “How did this child’s parents let them leave the house like that?” While some may believe that it is freedom of expression, others believe that due to the school’s enforced dress code, it is inappropriate to dress in that way–in school. When asked, Elena Gregory (‘18) says, “They shouldn’t do it because of the dress code for school but outside they can do whatever they want.” Currently, the New Milford High School student handbook dictates that “The school has an obligation to encourage the proper standards of dress among the students…The interpretation of this lies with the administration.” It is the administration and school’s responsibility to encourage “proper standards of dress” and one can assume that clearly defines inappropriate costumes as well.

But who gets to wear the costumes? In previous years at New Milford High School, only seniors were allowed to wear costumes as a senior privilege, adding to discord between the underclassmen. As of last year, it was decided that students of all grades would be able to wear and show off their Halloween costumes. This brings more freedom and more enjoyable moments for all involved, as Daphne Pandeaguea (‘19) states, “That’s how it should be…why do you have to wait until senior year to do fun things?”

Halloween should be a day where people can be free and have fun with their scary selves. Let them be whoever they want to be but since they are wearing their costumes to school first, it’s best to follow the school guidelines on dress code or simply not wear it at all, unless you want to suffer the consequences. Students at New Milford High School have a tremendous opportunity to show off their favorite costumes and be creative, why take advantage of that right? Instead, be creative, eat as much candy as possible, and enjoy yourselves while trick or treating and make sure to knock them dead–not literally–with your costumes.

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