Opinion by Abby Beauregard

Diligent nurse, overzealous maid, seductive witch… you get the idea. These are some of the costumes that could potentially line the halls if students were allowed to dress up for Halloween.

This is not how the students of a nationally ranked high school should dress.

While it is important for students to be able to express themselves, costumes are a disaster waiting to happen.

First, one would have to explain that students would still have to follow dress code.

“Students! Feel free to dress up for Halloween but just remember no hats, masks, short skirts, inappropriate footwear, sagging pants, and everything ID length above your knee! And ladies, even if the Second Amendment says you have the right to bare arms, please refrain from doing so on the premise.”

Then teachers and administrators would have to enforce the rules once the day arrived.

“Sally, I know you’re taking a super important AP Calculus test, but your witch costume is an eighth of an inch too short. It’s very distracting to your peers.”

Students out of costume might also be distracted by those decked out in their flamboyant garb.

“Dude why are you green?”

“I don’t know man, I just felt like doing it.”

“I need to look away to take my test, but I just can’t take my eyes off of you.”

Finally, administrators would have to deal with calling parents and telling them of their student’s transgressions.

“Hello is this Ms. Johnson? Are you aware Sally came to school in a too short dress today? We at Dutch Fork take that very seriously.”

“Really? See I thought you would have no problem with it considering you teach my child about loose witches in Salem or the deranged mental patients of One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest. But I appreciate you calling and taking my child out of an important test today.”

Confused students, overworked administrators, angry parents… probably not the best way to spend the Halloween holiday.