Our Traditions

From musical gatherings called Hootenannies to a student written and performed opera, Lamplighter offers unique traditions where all are welcomed to participate. Alumni affectionately recount memories of square dancing in Kindergarten and serving as crew members for the chicken and egg corporation run by fourth grade students. Here are a few of the many beloved Lamplighter traditions.


Since 1969, Lamplighter's Carnival has been a fun-filled event for current families, grandparents, and alumni. The afternoon is filled with games, attractions, food, dancing, and a bake sale. The event, held each Fall, is organized by the Lamplighter Parents' Association and staffed by parent volunteers.

Halloween Parade and Picnic

A colorful parade of Halloween characters is an eagerly anticipated event for Lamplighter students. Children wear or bring costumes to school and change into them shortly before the Halloween Hootenanny. After the Hootenanny, parents, siblings, and grandparents line the campus Ring Road to share and record the festive parade. The parade is followed by a family picnic. 


Hootenannies are one of Lamplighter's oldest traditions. Once a month, the entire school comes together in the Klyde Warren Auditorium to sing favorite Lamplighter songs. 

International Night

International Night is a Lamplighter Parents' Association sponsored event held every Spring that allows families to "tour" the world, sample food, participate in craft projects, and enjoy live entertainment.

Lamplighter Layers

Lamplighter Layers is a chicken-raising and egg-selling corporation operated by fourth grade students. As part of the entrepreneurial program, students elect officers and serve each week as crew members responsible for the care of the chickens and the selling of eggs at carpool.

Senior Opera

The Senior Opera is one of the highlights of the last month of school. Since 1991, the Lamplighter seniors have written and performed original operas.

Square Dancing

Square dancing is Lamplighter's oldest and most favorite tradition! The Kindergarten students learn to swing their partners and square dance throughout the year. In the Spring, the cowboys and cowgirls perform their dances for parents and grandparents.

  • The Lamplighter School
  • 11611 Inwood Road
  • Dallas, Texas 75229
  • T: 214-369-9201
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