Indian Mills School holds Halloween parade for students

Event brings back feel of small-town celebration

Indian Mills School in Shamong hosts its Halloween parade on Oct. 28, an event put on hold last year because of COVID. The parade celebrated the Halloween holiday with students dressed in their costumes and residents coming together again.

Indian Mills School in Shamong brought its Halloween parade back to town, on Oct. 28, welcoming back costumes but also a sense of normalcy after more than a year of COVID.

The parade has gone on for about 20 years as a tradition for the school community and residents. It involves blocking off Manitoba and Willow Grove roads     so residents and families and friends can line up. The students then walk in a circle twice on Indian Mills Road, right in front of the school.

The event took place this year a day earlier than usual, on Oct. 28, because of  weather concerns. For the student party that follows, according to Moore, there is a head room parent for each homeroom who coordinates the celebration by preparing items, activities and games. 

Taking COVID into account, Moore explained that students wore masks inside the school building, but were able to take them off for the outdoor parade if they felt comfortable doing so. 

Indian Mills School Principal Nicole Moore spoke about how it felt to bring the Halloween parade back this year.. 

“This is the first time in about 19 months that we’ve been able to do a school function that really resembled pre-pandemic times,” she said “And it was fun. It was fun to gather as a community as well,”