Costumes on parade

St. Patrick School students and staff begin their journey to the London Health & Rehabilitation Center for their Halloween parade through the center’s halls.

(Posted Oct. 31, 2022)

By Dedra Cordle, Staff Writer/Photographer

One of the most beloved traditions at St. Patrick School in London is the annual Halloween walk from the school to the London Health & Rehabilitation Center. Nearly all of the students dress in costume, make the short walk to the center, then parade through the halls, bringing cheer to residents and staff.

For the past two years, the school has been unable to do this community outreach due to COVID-19 restrictions, but they got the green light to revive the tradition this year, doing so on Oct. 28.

“This is always a fun time of the year for our students, and we all wanted to spread that joy around to the rest of the community, particularly to our seniors who are facing some adversity in their life right now,” said Principal Rick Logue.

Dressed as Jessie from the animated Disney movie, “Toy Story,” St. Patrick School librarian Allison Pickett assists students as they walk to the rehabilitation center nearby.
Shirley and Richard Helton pass out candy to St. Patrick School students visiting the London Health & Rehabilitation Center. Richard, a resident of the center, said the students’ visit brought forth sweet memories of his childhood when he would go out trick-or-treating in his neighborhood dressed as a clown. “That was my favorite costume to wear,” he recalled.
St. Patrick School students and residents of the rehabilitation center joke around during their hallway parade. The younger students at the school made cards for the residents.
Fourth-grade students Mikayla Weiner and Reagan Coburn do a zombie dance as they travel back to the school.
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