Polk bans costumes, masks at high school football games

POLK COUNTY, Fla. (WFLA) – If you and your family plan to attend a high school football game in Polk County, be sure to leave your Halloween costumes and masks at home.

Polk County Schools will not allow people to wear costumes to football games on Friday, Oct. 28 and Monday Oct. 31.

Halloween costumes were previously permitted if they did not cover a person’s face and were otherwise acceptable under Polk County Public Schools’ Code of Student Conduct regarding attire. In past years, masks and props were prohibited.

This year, masks and props are still prohibited, and costumes will no longer be permitted.

The school district said that it is time-consuming to inspect costumes to make sure they are acceptable and do not pose security or safety concerns.  The costumes can also create a disruption for other guests at the football games.

“Our goal is to ensure everyone enjoys the game in a secure environment,” said the school district in a news release announcing the costume ban.

The school district also said no backpacks will be permitted at the football games, but small bags for personal items are acceptable.

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