On October 31, students at Ironton Elementary School will likely bump into Steve from Minecraft or Mal from Descendants 3. That’s because the Ohio school is one of many that allow students to wear costumes to class on Halloween.
“We have a parade,” says Ironton assistant principal David Ashworth. “Even the teachers typically dress up.”
Ashworth and other school officials say these celebrations give kids a needed break. Some parents also point out that a school dress-up day allows their kids to get more than just one use out of their costumes.
But others say zombies and goblins don’t belong in class—costumes are distracting and take time away from learning. Besides, they argue, about one-third of people in the U.S. don’t celebrate Halloween. So a number of kids just stay home from school to avoid these celebrations.