SPRINGFIELD, N.J. (CBSNewYork) — There won’t be any witches, vampires, ghosts or goblins roaming the halls this Halloween in Springfield because the school district has decided to ban costumes.

Harry Eckhart said his daughters are devastated.

“They want to protest it, they’re not going to school on Halloween,” he said. “I support them.”

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The new policy has angered many students — some of whom reportedly turned out at a recent Springfield board meeting to voice their opposition.

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School officials sent letters home to parents saying costumes can’t be worn during school hours because they are disruptive in the classroom.

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“I don’t have any problem with it. I think the principal was correct,” one mother said. “It does take a lot of time out from their learning day and even though it’s unfortunate the children are disappointed, they have Halloween night to celebrate.”

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The Springfield school superintendent is expected to ask teachers to give the kids a little less homework so students have enough time to wear their costumes and trick-or-treat after school, according to a report.

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