Oakland Schools OUSD Halloween

OUSD Oakland Schools Celebrate Halloween With Michael Jackson Thriller Dance

OUSD Schools to Celebrate Halloween with Students and Staff in Costume and Many Events Planned, Including Annual Michael Jackson Thriller Dance

Oakland Schools OUSD Halloween Photo
Oakland Schools OUSD Halloween Photo

Oakland, CA – As is the case every Halloween, thousands of OUSD students will be in school on Thursday, October 31 in full costume, celebrating the holiday. In many cases, they will be in classes with teachers in costume. Other staff will assuredly be dressed up, as well.


Many OUSD schools have specific plans to help students enjoy the day, such as United Nation Preschool that has a Halloween Parade at 10:30 a.m. and Bridges Academy at Melrose, which is holding a Halloween Fair

Oakland OUSD Halloween Photo
Oakland OUSD Halloween Photo

at 12:30 p.m.


One of the biggest OUSD events planned for the day is also quite the spectacle. Laurel Elementary School has a Halloween Parade, highlighted by the 8th Annual Thriller Dance Performance.


The Laurel Lions, ages 4-11 years old, have been practicing the dance for the past six weeks, and all of them will be in costume as zombies as they perform Michael Jackson’s famous Thriller Dance. This event always attracts large crowds of families and other spectators.

Oakland Schools OUSD Halloween Photo
Oakland Schools OUSD Halloween Photo

Media is welcome to cover all OUSD Halloween events.

WHAT: Halloween Parade
WHEN: 10:30 a.m., Thursday, October 31
WHERE: United Nation Child Development Center (Preschool), 1025 4th Avenue

WHAT: Halloween Fair
WHEN: 12:30 p.m., Thursday, October 31
WHERE: Bridges Academy at Melrose, 1325 53rd Avenue

WHAT: Halloween Parade & Michael Jackson’s Thriller Dance Performance
WHEN: 2:30 p.m., Thursday, October 31
WHERE: Laurel Elementary School, 3750 Brown Avenue

* All photos are from Halloween 2018.

Oakland Schools OUSD Halloween Photo
Oakland Schools OUSD Halloween Photo

About the Oakland Unified School District:
In California’s most diverse city, Oakland Unified School District (OUSD) is dedicated to creating a learning environment where “Every Student Thrives!” More than half of our students speak a non-English language at home. And each of our 83 schools is staffed with talented individuals uniting around a common set of values: Students First, Equity, Excellence, Integrity, Cultural Responsiveness and Joy. We are committed to preparing all students for college, career and community success.

To learn more about OUSD’s Full Service Community District focused on academic achievement while serving the whole child in safe schools, please visit OUSD.org and follow us @OUSDnews.

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