October 30, 2013 5:32 pm
Updated: October 30, 2013 9:45 pm

Calgary parent upset over Halloween ban at son’s school


Halloween is a favourite time of year for Calgary’s Goss family – the house is outfitted in its spookiest best, the pumpkins are carved, and 7-year-old Trephaine had his superhero costume ready months ago.

But he won’t he wearing it to school on October 31st.  Cappy Smart school in Marlborough isn’t celebrating Halloween – no costumes are allowed.

“Very unfair, because the kids are so excited,” says mom Pam Pergotski.  “It’s the one time of year they can dress up, have fun, show off with their friends.”

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No one at the school would comment, but the Calgary Board of Education says the school made the decision three years ago in consultation with the parent council.

In a statement, the CBE says:

“The school has not received any complaints about Halloween activities this year. Schools make the choices that respect and consider the best interests of the entire school community.”

Pergotski has great memories of sharing treats and classroom costume parades, and she wishes her son could have the same memories.

“I think it builds the kids’ confidence too, because they get to show and be proud of what they do.“

Instead of costumes, Cappy Smart students will be allowed to wear orange and black clothing on the 31st.

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