Northridge principal takes pie in the face for Halloween

Chad Frey
The Kansan
For conclusion of a fundraiser at Northidge Elementary, principal Megan Nagel took  a pie in the face during Halloween Festivities at the school — a treat for students, but trick for staff.

The last Friday before Halloween can mean only one thing: Halloween parties at schools.

Northridge revived a long-standing tradition — with a twist — Oct. 29 with the school's annual Halloween Parade.

Part of that twist was the conclusion of a fundraiser that led to teacher Patrick Watson and principal Megan Nagel taking a pie in the face during Halloween festivities — a treat for students but a trick for staff.

Students donated to a "penny raffle," with Watson and Nagel ending up with the most donations in their jars. The fundraiser raised about $500 for the school the past few weeks.

For the parade, students normally walk through the school, parade-style, in their costumes before gathering in the gymnasium for a presentation.

This year, all of those activities were moved outside. They were followed by the first-ever Trunk or Treat in the church parking lot across the street from the school, operated by volunteers.

Still inside were classroom "Haunted Houses" created by classes using craft supplies brought from home by students.

Community Halloween celebrations still to come include the traditional Halloween Safe Walk, from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Oct. 31 on Main Street downtown. The street will be closed for  hundreds of trick-or-treaters who head downtown while various local businesses and organizations hand out treats. The event is free.

For conclusion of a fundraiser at Northidge Elementary teacher Patrick Watson took a pie in the face during Halloween festivities.

nullThere will also be a "Trunk-or-Treat" from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Oct. 31 at Trinity Heights United Methodist Church, 1200 Boyd, Newton. The event is free and the public is welcome.

The Krehbiel family will host a free haunted house starting at 6:30 p.m. Oct. 30 and 31 at 2301 Paddington Ave. in Newton.