Woody, Jessie, Mrs. Potato Head, Sarge, Etch and Wheezy made an appearance at Emerson Elementary School in La Crosse on Halloween.

Teachers dressed up as those characters from “Toy Story” to teach their students that reading can bring characters to life and the more you read, the more you learn.

“We want everybody to want to love to read and be a part of it and take it home every night and read as much as they can, come to school and be excited about reading,” said Jenny Ruetten, a 5th grade teacher at Emerson Elementary who dressed up as Jessie from “Toy Story.”

Students were also encouraged to dress up as their favorite storybook character and read about them after school.

Jessie from "Toy Story" at Emerson Elementary
Woody from "Toy Story" at Emerson Elementary
Etch from "Toy Story" at Emerson Elementary
Wheezy from "Toy Story" at Emerson Elementary
Mrs. Potato Head from "Toy Story" at Emerson
Emerson Elementary Halloween
Harry Potter at Emerson Elementary