Halloween Celebration

Students march in a costume parade and enjoy an afternoon of games, cupcake decorating, and a spooky trail in the woods. This year, the Halloween Celebration will take place on October 31st from 1:30-3:00pm.

All students and parents are welcome to attend! Preschool children must be picked up by noon and are invited to participate in the festivities, starting at 1:30pm, with a parent or caregiver (Extended Hours care is not available). Kindergarten and elementary students will put on their costumes following lunch. 

Parents, please RSVP. 

Schedule of Events

Halloween Skit

  • Performed by elementary students

  • Takes place at outdoor stage

Halloween Parade

Halloween Parade

  • Children and adults in costume line up for the parade

  • Parents in street clothes line the parade route (it's nice to have an appreciative audience when one is parading!)

  • The parade of ghosts, witches, goblins, princesses, pirates and a host of other characters will commence once everyone is organized

  • The parade ends at the Pumpkin Playhouse (aka Retreat Center Dining Room)

Pumpkin Playhouse

  • Halloween activities, crafts, and displays to engage the children's hands and imagination

  • Each activity will cost 1-2 tickets (see below for details)

  • Used toys and books available for purchase

  • All proceeds benefit UNICEF

Spooky Trail - 2:20pm

  • Take a walk along the decorated trail in the woods, just behind the swimming pool area

Cupcake Decorating - 2:45 (ish)

  • The Spooky Trail ends at the picnic tables outside the Retreat Center where cupcakes to be decorated and munched will be on hand as a fitting end to our delicious time together!

Dismissal - 3:00pm

  • Kindergarten and Elementary students board their buses for home. Parents, if you will be taking your child home please notify the main office and the bus company.

  • Extended Hours is not available on Halloween


Tickets for the activities are 4 for a dollar, 25 for $5, 55 for $10. Tickets for activities will be on sale at the event or may be purchased in advance. Tickets purchased in advance will be in an envelope with your name on it at the entrance of the Pumpkin Play House. Proceeds go to UNICEF, make checks payable to “U.S. Committee for UNICEF.”


Costumes can be worn by all. Due to the wide range in ages, scary, violent characters are not encouraged. All toy guns and swords will need to be checked at the door!

Parent Participation

All parents are invited to attend. For planning purposes, please RSVP. The Halloween & UNICEF event is a big day, and we need parent volunteers to pull it off. Preschool parents will be busy looking after their children, so we're calling on parents of kindergarten & elementary students to help out. 

Volunteer Roles

  • Set up booths and activities before the event

  • Breakdown of stalls and activities after the event

  • Help run an activity stall (themed craft or game for all to play) during the celebration (this can be shared between multiple volunteers)

  • Donate cupcakes (for children to decorate)

  • Donate gently used toys and books for a table top sale (in aid of UNICEF)

UNICEF Fundraiser

We use Halloween as an opportunity to celebrate International Children’s Day and UNICEF. We will be learning about children in other lands and sharing some of the richness and diversity of life in far-away places. In an effort to help and support children in Third World countries, we collect contributions for UNICEF in several ways:

  • Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF: Just before Halloween we will send home UNICEF Collection cartons; if you take your child out trick or treating, encourage them to bring the carton and trick-or-treat for UNICEF. The carton can also be kept at home for a week or so and all loose change in the house can be collected in it; perhaps visiting friends and relatives can add to it.

  • Purchase tickets for the Halloween Celebration activities at the Pumpkin Play House (see above for details)

  • Shop the used toy and book store at the Pumpkin Play House during the Halloween Celebration

  • "Buy" a pumpkin from the Pumpkin Patch. On October 25th, we will be making pumpkin patches at Harborside. The children will go out, pick their own, decorate it and bring it home. We are requesting that you send in a donation to UNICEF, for the pumpkin your child has decorated.