This past Friday, I sent the following message to my wonderful school community via our school's newsletter:
We are very excited that Halloween is almost here! Please be aware that we will be conducting a normal school day on Monday, October 31st and students should dress accordingly. As usual, we do not expect to see students wearing costumes or other distracting items associated with Halloween. While we want our students to enjoy the traditions of Halloween, we don’t want them to begin their celebration until after school hours. Also, we ask your help in monitoring the amount of candy your student brings to school the days following Halloween. In the past, some students have brought large quantities of candy to school and it became a huge distraction. It would certainly be a shame (especially if it is chocolate and peanut butter ; ) ) if I had to confiscate large amounts of candy from any students.