This teacher plastered a good natured smile on her face and the kids finally ended up in the gym marching in a big circle and then we did it all over again, back up to our classroom, waving to the parents and looking at the camera.
Needless to say, our return to the classroom was an exciting one as kids found their desks, took off costumes, washed off face make up (Thank God we have a sink in our room!) and resettled themselves. (Yea, right!) Of course a few parents hung around and I read the another Halloween story. Which despite my tone, I didn't mind...Holiday books are often
well- connected to the season and have a structure that lends itself to interesting books talks.
The parents departed by 9:00 AM, and we tried to pick up our normal routine, but obviously the kids still rattled and hummed with the excitement of it all. In terms of exuberance, Halloween ranks close to Christmas.
Despite my willing participation and ample tolerance of the parade (I like seeing past students in their costumes!) this teacher is glad it's done.
Winter holidays, here we come!