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A parade of creative characters for Halloween [Rodgers Forge]

The Halloween Parade at Rodgers Forge Elementary School is kind of a big deal. And this year was no exception. Even people who do not normally enjoy parades line the streets to watch as our elementary school children walk the approximate one-mile loop from the school's hard court, across the field to Stevenson, east to Heathfield, past Dumbarton Middle School and back through the doors of the school in some of the most creative, adorable, scary, and pop-culture costumes.

Parents, grandparents, younger siblings and neighbors lucky enough to be home during this event, watch as princesses, pirates, super heroes, sci-fi characters and friendly vampires pass them on the route. Many students at Dumbarton Middle stand by the windows and watch as RFES children march past, likely remembering a time not very long ago when they participated in this same event. One to three years out and already nostalgic.

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We saw a lot of really great costumes this year. A few that were worthy of special mention this year include:

Finlay Harmon, second grade, was a regional icon dressed as the Utz girl; twins Louis and Elliott Genus, fifth-graders, dressed as Elliott and Louis Genus (the other twin) which was a difficult thing for one's brain to switch around and reconcile.

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Annika Vanlandingham, fourth grade, was a dynamite disco dancer in boots Nancy Sinatra would have envied; Amelia Bolin, fourth grade, was Kitty Softpaws, she has no claws but don't trust her near your golden eggs; and Lucy Brewster, first grade, was internet sensation, Nyan Cat, who flew by leaving a rainbow trail.

Greer McIntosh, second grade, was a light-up jellyfish (her costume was made using an umbrella!); Eliza Barczak, third grade, was soccer legend Mia Hamm; Toshi and Koto Davis, fourth and second grade, respectively, were bunches of green and red grapes made using balloons; and Grey Rendine, third grade, was buttered toast. Buttered toast! How do people come up with such fantastic and creative ideas?

Even the teachers and administrators joined in the fun of the Halloween parade. In previous years we saw the teachers dress up as 1) Cruella DeVile, her henchwoman and the 101 Dalmatians, and 2) every day, often overlooked, cape-wearing super heroes with signs that read things like "I'm a teacher. What's your super power?"

So what was this year's teacher/administrator theme? The Witches of RFES. From Lisa Schultz as an adorable Pumpkin Witch to The Three AbFab Second-grade Witches — Beth Siuta, Jen Erdman and Kelly Granacher. And the witch all the students love, Mrs. Witchypoo and her sidekick, Spiderella whom, as my kindergartner reported, "were very nice but they were really just Mrs. Fanshaw and Mrs. Rowland dressed up."

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Only 360 days until next Halloween. Start planning your costume!

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