By David Madden

LEVITTOWN, Pa. (CBS) — There’s a bit of a dustup at one Bucks County elementary school over plans to change the way students mark the Halloween season.

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When a new principal arrived at Emerson Elementary School in Bristol Township, teachers approached her about doing away with the school’s half-century-old Halloween parade in favor of a harvest festival.

School spokeswoman Eileen Kelliher describes a harvest festival as “a seasonal treatment of math, art, reading,” in order to “harness children’s exuberance at this time of the year.”

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The idea, she says, is to keep the 350 kids at the school centered on their lessons — although the planned festival does include a scarecrow-decorating contest.

Some members of the school’s Parent-Teacher Organization say they are not happy with the move and, according to Kelliher, are organizing a parade of their own outside of school hours.

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PTO officials were not immediately available for comment.