Halloween Guidelines for our Fall Festival on October 25th from 5:30-7:00
Adams 12 Five Star Schools encourages the opportunity for students and families to engage in
celebration that is respectful to all cultures, religions, races, and beliefs. In our continued efforts to
maintain a respectful, safe and secure learning environment, the following guidelines for Halloween
celebrations have been developed. These guidelines apply to students, staff, and participants of all
Halloween celebrations both during and after the school day.
1. Costumes that would otherwise violate the Student Dress Code (Superintendent Policy 5060)
will only be allowed if approved by an administrator prior to wearing to school. For safety
reasons, masks or makeup should not cover the student’s face in a manner that makes the
student unrecognizable. Masks or makeup that conceal student’s identity may be worn only
during designated times such as during a costume contest.
2. The following are considered not appropriate for school or school events:
- Costumes that are overly graphic, promote violence or otherwise might logically be
assumed to be offensive to others
- Costumes that are sexually suggestive and would otherwise violate the school’s dress
- Costumes with sound effects, lights or other components which would disrupt the
classroom learning environment
- Costumes that could be considered insensitive to various races, cultures and religions
- Toy or facsimile weapons of any kind (guns, knives, swords, bats, etc.) are not allowed
- Costumes or dress of any kind that may be potentially disruptive to the educational or
In alignment with Superintendent Policy 5060 , school administrators may ask students or
participants to change into school appropriate attire and/or remove masks, makeup, or costumes.
Halloween Guidelines Addendum (RE: Clown Costumes)
As you may recall, in 2016 the Five Star District prohibited students and staff from wearing clown
costumes on school grounds due to social media threats nationwide. Although we have not been made
aware of any similar threats this year, district leadership made the decision to leave this prohibition in
the 2019 Halloween guidelines, acknowledging the release of the movie, IT , and in anticipation of a
social media response. As always, the safety and security of students and staff is our first priority,
therefore students and staff are prohibited from wearing clown masks or costumes on school grounds.
This adjustment was made in the best interest of the school community and creates a safe environment
for students and staff at Halloween celebrations this year.
Keep in mind, district and school leadership will reevaluate the guidelines each year and make
adjustments as needed to ensure a safe celebration for the entire school community. Students who
violate or are suspected to be in violation of this policy will be referred to school administration.