saskatoon halloween silverspring

Abby and Jackson Spence getting ready for Halloween at Silverspring school. (David Shield, CBC)

An essay-writing event has convinced a Saskatoon elementary school to revive the tradition of letting students dress up in costumes at Halloween.

Last year, students at Silverspring school participated in an 'Orange and Black Day', as opposed to a traditional Halloween celebration.

After students complained, administrators asked students to write essays, arguing either for or against dressing up.

Eventually, the school was swayed, and costumes are being allowed back in this year.

"Black and Orange Day, it's just people wearing black and orange," said Grade 6 student Keon Cleland. "With Halloween, you get to see all your friends costumes."

Parents seemed to like the school's academic approach to making a decision about the holiday.

"I think it's a great way for the kids to get involved," said parent Robin Spence. "Writing is huge in elementary school."

It isn't known what the school will do next year. Holiday festivals are usually planned by individual schools, not school boards.