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    Fall Carnival Tips for New Families

    Fall Carnival, our school’s biggest community event, can be a little intimidating for students new to Whittier—especially kindergarteners. It’s important to be prepared, so here is some useful information.

    The Crowd

    The Fall Carnival is a huge draw. There will be lines at the more popular attractions and at the food trucks. Many Fall Carnival-goers impress with their elaborate costumes. On rare occasions, your little ones may find a costume scary.


    Tickets are required for playing carnival games and activities, as well as buying items from the Popcorn & Candy Counter and the ever-popular Light Up Store. Tickets are sold in the school lobby before and after school Monday through Friday during the week leading up to the carnival. We encourage you to purchase tickets in advance to avoid lines the night of the carnival.


    The gym, cafeteria, and virtually every first floor hallway will be filled with games and activities. The carnival games are intended for a large array of age groups—carnival games in the 1st and 2nd grade hallway are generally more age-appropriate for our younger guests and will close at 8pm, but several games in the gym are also suitable for all ages.

    Hogwarts Experience

    Come back to the world of Harry Potter on the Whittier stage for “Hogwarts Experience II”. This year we'll drop in on the Herbology classroom from Harry Potter and The Chamber of Secrets for an interactive “room experience” on stage with the actors. It's fun and spooky for all ages — but look out! The Mandrakes have quite a scream.

    Entry and exit to the Hogwarts Experience is in the kindergarten hallway. There's usually a line, so be prepared for a little wait.


    Snacks, candy, and food trucks will be available for you and your family. This year’s food truck vendors include Dante's Inferno Dogs (credit card and cash), Veraci Pizza (credit card and cash), El Camion (credit card and cash), and Dippin’ Dots Ice Cream (cash only). Food trucks will begin serving food at 5:15pm this year, will continue serving food until 8:45pm, and do not accept tickets as payment (bring your credit card and/or cash). Please note that the school and carnival games open at 6:00pm.


    You will receive requests to volunteer at the Fall Carnival. The event’s success depends largely on the help of volunteers. We encourage everyone to volunteer for at least a short while, but parents with younger children might want to consider helping out before or after the event. During the event, you might need to hold that little hand and help your child play the games.

    Have Fun!

    We hope you enjoy our renowned Fall Carnival!