In honor of today being the school day that most elementary schools had Halloween parties, I'd like to state for the record:
Halloween is the worst day of the year for elementary school teachers.
The next worst days (in order) in the elementary school calendar, from the teacher's perspective, are:
2. Valentine's Day (sugar, sugar, and exclusion)
3. St. Patrick's Day (pinching? Really?)
4. the day before Christmas vacation.
My favorite thing about the costume parades we had every year though was the kid - usually the meanest kid in the class - who would come in some theme pajamas: Ninja Turtles, Spiderman, whatever. There's nothing that softens up a mean kid's image like seeing him in his little kid pajamas.
Not my favorite: little girls in sexy cheerleader or harem girl costumes. Yuck.
*We had one (male) teacher who dressed up as an extremely risque woman two years in a row. Lots of (fake) cleavage. Very inappropriate for a second/third grade teacher. Of course, he was arrested the following year for child molestation.
Two years ago: Proposition 8 (funny how that's not over yet)
Three years ago: Dropout Factories