Schools ban Halloween costumes at athletic events

Backpacks also banned in Polk County

It should come as little surprise that retailers slash prices on Halloween costumes as soon as Halloween is over. (Sergio Dionisio/Getty Images)

BARTOW, Fla. – There will be no trick-or-treating at Polk County Public Schools athletic events.

PCPS issued a statement Monday saying that spectators cannot wear costumes during athletic events, including football games scheduled this weekend.

"Although Halloween is approaching (Tuesday), costumes, masks and props of any kind are still not permitted at any school district athletic events," officials said.

Backpacks are also not permitted, but small bags for personal items are allowed, school officials said.

Officials said the announcement is a standard reminder to make everyone aware of the schools' normal practice.

Polk schools allowed costumes in 2014 and 2015 because Halloween fell on a Friday and Saturday, respectively, and many fans were planning on trick-or-treating after the games.

"The Safe Schools Department met with the Athletics Department and decided to return to our regular practice of not allowing costumes at our athletic events," PCPS spokesman Jason Geary said. "There are safety-related reasons, but there are a lot of important tasks associated with putting on athletic events. Rather than tack on extra duties to allow costumes and have staff make sure they are appropriate, the decision was made to continue our normal practice to not permit costumes."


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