As an inclusive school community, we want everyone to participate in this all-school parade in a way that is developmentally appropriate and aligned with our values. We ask that your children select a costume that is consistent with the spirit of celebration and unity. Our office of Diversity, Equity, and Belonging has provided this extremely important message about the Fall Fantasy Parade and we ask that you take a moment to read it with your child prior to making any costume decisions.
As a community which centers belonging, we hope for your participation in a safe, inclusive, and respectful environment for all. The Fall Fantasy Parade can be a fun and enjoyable experience for everyone, and we encourage creativity and self-expression. With great freedom comes tremendous responsibility. Therefore, we are also naming how important it will be to engage thoughtfulness in your costuming choices in order to celebrate while promoting understanding and respect. Here are guidelines for costuming:
- Stereotyping: Please avoid costumes that stereotype cultures, races, or ethnicities.
- Appropriation: Please avoid costumes that appropriate cultures, cultural traditions, races, or ethnicities or rituals or practices specific to a group’s identities. For example: Dressing up as Indigenous people
- Identity: Refrain from costumes that mock or make fun of individuals based on their gender, religion, or any other characteristic. For example, wearing a sugar skull costume can be offensive since Día de Los Muertos is an important holiday It’s used as a time for reflection, prayer, and honoring the deceased.
- Appropriateness: Please ensure that costumes are age-appropriate.
- Violence & Gory Horror: Please refrain from costumes that involve realistic weapons or excessive gore. We want to create a safe and non-threatening environment for all students. For example, dressing up as a zombie in a straightjacket.
We ask you to engage your imagination in costuming that …
- Promotes inclusivity, joy, positive message
- Is whimsical representing unexpected pairings/groupings and all-around creative
- Inspires creativity, imagination, and unity
- Affirms community
- Is fantasy and joyful
- Creative and going beyond store-bought costumes
Here are some helpful resources for your review:
- A Parent’s Guide to Halloween Costumes
- Cultures Aren’t Costumes
- While it may seem tricky, it is a treat to be inclusive for Halloween (Sensory and Costume Guidance)
- We’re A Culture, Not a Costume” video from NC State Academic and Student Affairs
We appreciate your participation in creating an atmosphere where everyone can enjoy the festivities comfortably. Thank you for your cooperation and support.