Memorial School holds annual Halloween parade

Miss Kate’s preschool class make their Halloween parade debut at Memorial School.

By Laura Drinan
Hometown Weekly Reporter

Parents waited outside the doors of Medfield’s Memorial School. Every once in a while, a parent with a grocery bag in hand approached the door, rang the bell, and entered. Moments later, they came back outside without their bag to wait with the other parents.

One girl, too young for Memorial School, raced to the doors and yelled “Blast off!” before returning to her mother’s legs, which she hugged as the woman chatted with other parents. Soon, silence fell among the crowd.

“Here they come!” one exclaimed as the doors to the school opened.

Dressed in red stripes and thick framed glasses was Waldo. Behind him, costumed students followed and the annual parade began.

Preschool, kindergarten, and first graders at Memorial School proudly wore their costumes for their families to see as they took a walk around the perimeter of the school before heading back inside for an end-of-the-day Halloween party.

While each class had the classic princess, pirate, and superhero costumes, many children made the school entrance their catwalk as they flaunted costumes unlike any other student’s. Elvis, Draco Malfoy, and Captain Underpants made appearances at the parade, as well as a Rubik’s cube, a box of donuts, and an inflatable T-Rex.

Some of the children even dressed as what they want to be when they grow up: policemen, firefighters, veterinarians, astronauts, and soccer players walked with their classes, waving to the parents in the crowd.

But what is Halloween without some scary and spooky costumes? Children dressed as vampires, witches, and skeletons also paraded around the school, reminding their peers that some Halloween costumes are simply timeless.

Even the teachers joined in on the fun, with many of them creating their own costumes to wear for their students and the parents. Several of the first grade teachers, including Mrs. Paget and Mrs. Scier, wore costumes to enhance their phonetics curriculum, with carefully selected words cut out and pasted to their clothes as examples of a phoneme. Other teachers dressed as a scarecrow, a crayon, a slice of pizza, and a chef.

With such enthusiasm buzzing throughout the parade, Memorial School students grew even more excited for their upcoming classroom parties and evenings of trick-or-treating.

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