High school haunted holiday
By Amanda Tonoli
Goblins, ghosts and ghouls galore came out to play at Canfield High School early Monday.
The spooky sight is a unique celebration to the Canfield School District, when the administration allows students to bring forth their best attempts at Halloween haunting.
Mike Moldovan, high-school principal, said he feels privileged Canfield is the kind of district that can have fun events like this without trouble.
“We put rules and regulations in place, and the kids are really good about following them,” he said. “It’s all through the spirit of cooperation of the staff, students and their parents.”
One of the rules was a ban on clown costumes.
Superintendent Alex Geordan said because of recent issues involving clown-sighting scares nationwide, he announced a clown costume ban for the event in early October to prevent problems.
“We thought it would be best to be proactive,” he said.
Moldovan and Geordan agreed the safety of the students must come before the fun of the holiday.
Moldovan was happy to report at the end of the day all of his students complied with the rule, enabling more fun activities such as this fall festivity in the future.
Not only did the Canfield High School students get to dress up at dawn, but Canfield’s elementary-school students also turned themselves into fairies and fanged creatures for an afternoon parade.
Travis Lavery, C.H. Campbell Elementary principal, said administration splits the holiday with academics in the morning and a party in the afternoon followed by a parade with more than 500 parents in attendance.
“It’s just a fun holiday to get the kids excited about,” he said. “Any day they get to play dress-up is a good day.”
Moldovan agreed and said he admired his imaginative high-school students.
“It’s just always amazing to me how creative the kids are,” he said. “Some of the things they come up with are fantastic.”