A Halloween Parade compromise between the parents and administration at Ralph Waldo Emerson Elementary School in Bristol Township was reached this week, a school district official told Patch.
Under the compromise, the Halloween Parade, which dates back more than 40 years, will also be held. Organizers are still working on officially setting a date. The most likely scenario is after school on Halloween or the day before.
The school’s new Fall Harvest Festival will be held during school hours, starting at 2 p.m. on October 31.
Family of the students are invited to attending the Fall Harvest Festival. The event is set to feature “arts, science, reading and math projects designed to celebrate the season,” according to Eileen Kelliher, Bristol Township School District director of public relations. A highlight is expected to be a Scarecrow decorating contest, featuring scarecrows made out of recyclable materials.
Emerson and the district came under fire last week after dozens of vocal parents got wind that the parade was being canceled and the Fall Harvest Festival was taking its place.
District officials told parents the annual parade was cancel and replaced because the festival has more "merit.”
The Halloween Parade is an event that kids, parents and local residents all equally enjoy, parents said last week.
The 2012 parade will be organized by the Emerson PTO.