Parents are invited to bring pre-school and elementary school age ghosts and goblins out for some family fun at annual Safe Halloween event this week.
Kids will have the chance to put on their costumes, enjoy games, face painting, treats and more free of charge from 6-8 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 27 at all four local high schools: Zumwalt North, South, East and West.
“We’ve done Safe Halloween for many, many years,” Superintendent Bernard DuBray said. “It’s a kid friendly event that the leadership students at the high school and middle schools help put on.”
Middle and high school students in the district’s Positive Peer Influence (PPI) program have teamed up with teachers to run booths and decorate the high school classrooms for the younger students for 14-years.
Dr. Kim Carter, assistant superintendent of student personnel services, said PPI students train to work with the younger kids then help decorate the schools and run the booths for Safe Halloween.
“It’s a great opportunity, because it doesn’t happen very often that high school and middle school students get to interact,” Carter said.
Carter said Fort Zumwalt’s Safe Halloween event usually draws around 7,000 kids. The tradition originally started at one high school, but as the district has grown and the event became more popular, it has expanded to each Fort Zumwalt High School.
Carter said the event allows the district to provide a positive Halloween experience in controlled setting.
“I think it was first conceived because we wanted to create an alternative, because kids like to dress up and they like candy, but they also need to be safe,” she said, “But this is also an opportunity for student leaders to interact and help elementary school kids.”
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