San Jose school cancels Halloween parade

October 11, 2013 10:20:40 PM PDT
This year's Halloween parade has been cancelled at a south San Jose elementary school. The principal of Hayes Elementary School says the parade is too distracting.

Parent groups and teachers were consulted about the decision. But some parents are upset and one mom has started an online petition to overturn the ban.

"I am not a Grinch; I was a child once and I also celebrated Halloween, typically when trick-or-treaters knock on my door I do the customary Halloween thing," Principal Tracy Cochran said.

"I would have voted for them to have the parade here because it's a day to let the kids have fun," parent Dion Saunders said. "I know a lot of people don't celebrate Halloween but there's ones that do."

The principal says only 25 parents from the school's 560 families have signed the petition.