October   24
The excitement is building for Emerson's Annual Halloween Parade and Festivities, taking place this Friday, October 28. 


  • K-8 students (and parents if they choose) should arrive before school Friday morning in full costume.
  • Make sure costumes are appropriate, comply with the Emerson dress-code, and do not include weapons of any kind (if an item like a light saber is part of the costume, it is allowed if it stays part of the costume and is not brandished about).
  • Please send a bag labeled with the student's name for clothing and costume storage.

K-8 Halloween Parade Begins at 8:45am

  • Parents can gather prior to the parade to enjoy coffee, cider, and donuts which will be set up near the main office entrance.
  • Bill Schrock leads the costumed K-8 students outside from the library glass doors, down the steps, and around the Emerson parking lot.
  • Parents can line up anywhere along the sidewalk or parking lot for optimal viewing and picture-taking--please spread out to ensure our parade will have supporters all along the route.
  • In case of inclement weather, the parade will take place indoors. Bill Schrock will pick up students at their classrooms and lead them throughout the school. Best viewing for parents would be in the middle of the gym, in the library (Band & Orchestra will be performing there) or in other larger common areas.

Lower School Carnival

  • Students will enjoy many fun activities including a Boo-tique, Scavenger Hunt, Creepy Corner, and the Orange Cafe
  • Kindergarten students will be escorted to the various rooms and activities by their parents. The 1st-5th graders will walk independently throughout the carnival. 
  • Several of the activities and prizes involve food. Nutritional and ingredient information was sent in last week’s newsletter and is available below.
  • We still need your assistance with set-up, games/activities, and clean-up—please use the Halloween Sign-up Genius to volunteer.

Lower School Schedule of Halloween Events

  • 8:45: Costume Parade
  • 9:15: Change into regular clothing; store costumes in bags, snack from home
  • 9:30: Assembly featuring Animal Magic in the AIC
  • 10:20–11:50: Halloween Carnival
  • 12:00: Regular Friday Pizza Lunch/Recess
  • 1:00: Regular afternoon schedule

Middle School Schedule of Halloween Events

  • 8:00–8:40: 1st Period
  • 8:45–9:15: Costume Parade (see information above)
  • 9:15–9:55: 2nd Period
  • 9:57–10:37: 3rd Period
  • 10:39–11:19: 4th Period
  • 11:20–12:20: Pizza Lunch served for all three grades
  • 12:30: Dance sponsored by House C. Activities: video game room, food room, board game room, and a Halloween-themed dancing room. 
  • 2:30: Dance ends, clean up, and dismissal at 2:45

We're looking forward to all of the wonderful events on Friday!

Kelly Vohland, Andy Zimmer, Renee Durrant, and ESPO Halloween Chair Christine Kim

Halloween Food and Allergy Info

Dear Parents,

The Emerson Halloween Carnival will take place on Friday morning. Several of the Carnival activities involve food. There are two Orange Cafés with orange food being served. The Kisses Dig involves searching for a Hershey Kiss in whipped cream with only mouths. There is a cookie walk at which the winners receive a cookie. There is candy being used as prizes for various games.  

To help families whose children have special needs around food, we gathered food labels for all of the food for the lower school event (except the cookies). All of the allergy information and carbohydrate information is also summarized in a worksheet. Please use the link below to access all of the food label photos and the worksheet. (All photos will be posted by Tuesday morning.)
Food Nutrition Information
Food Ingredient List
You are encouraged to use all of this information to talk to your child or children and make plans that will meet their needs that day. Parents are welcome to come into the Orange Café to prepare a plate for their child (or children), wrap it, label it, and set it aside. This will help prevent cross-contamination. Please note that a punch containing dairy will be served at the Orange Café. Options for those with dairy allergies include Gatorade and water. Please let your child know to ask for their own plate. There will be soy whipped cream and non-dairy chocolate at the Kisses Dig. There will be allergy friendly cookies at the cookie walk, but no nutrition information is available in advance, so please make plans with your child(ren). There are non-candy prizes available at some activities.  If there is anything else that you need help with related to food needs, please contact Joan Gregorka or Diane Wentland.


Christine Kim
Halloween Chair
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