allow students to wear Halloween costumes on October 31st.,
or at least put them on during last class, although most don't want a mask to be worn during classes
for safety reasons. They also hold Halloween parties,
costume parades, haunted houses and other fun filled
But over the
last decade or so, some public schools have begun canceling or greatly
curtailing Halloween celebrations for a variety of reasons,
some of which are nothing more than ridiculous, but many
have a much darker reason, a social and political agenda to
eliminate Halloween altogether.
these types of incidents seem to be isolated, but
they do seem to be growing in number each year.
Banning Halloween Celebrations in Schools
Across the United States, many school districts have angered
the population, both young and old as they ban children from
dressing in costume, carving and/or displaying
jack-o-lanterns, decorating and canceling Halloween parties
and parades at schools. Some ban them altogether, while
other try to replace Halloween with “fall festival” events.
Every year, liberal administrators are attempting to remove
Halloween and other celebrations from schools, deigning
children their cultural history.
say, most parents are angered by what they say is political
correctness taken to the absurd and believe the idea of
banning Halloween activities at school is nothing short of outrageous.
I think most parents remember what a wonderful time they had
on this magical day/night and don't want their children to
be deprived of the same experiences and memories. Children
simply don't understand why anyone would do such a horrible
thing to them and are often devastated.
that there is a big difference between political correctness
and political stupidity, and it sickens us when we see
headlines like these:
School District Cancels Halloween - Reinstates
October 2015 - Milford Public School District in
Connecticut canceled parades and other Halloween
activities and even imposed a ban on costumes at
elementary schools in their district, saying
that they feared they might exclude some kids
who didn't want to take part. However, school
officials reversed the ban after parents and
students protested the original decision.
Rebecca Lilley, who started an online petition,
signed by hundreds of residents, had originally
called the cancellation of the parade in honor
of the Oct. 31 holiday beloved by kids nothing
less than an assault on tradition.
“These are our
American customs and traditions and we should
not have to give them up because others find
them offensive!” she wrote on the petition page.
“I’m so tired (of) my kids missing out on some
of the things we all got to do as children and
are some of the greatest childhood memories I
have due to others saying they find it
Last year (2014),
Newington, Connecticut elementary schools did
the same thing in their school district. Does
Connecticut hate Halloween?
The War on
October 2012 - Its seems that every year we see
more and more schools and towns trying and often
succeeding in limiting or even out right banning
One of many examples this year is a school
district in Skokie, Illinois where
Superintendent Quintin Shepherd sent a letter to
parents stating that, “There will be no
costumes, no candy bags and no parties. Many
students cannot afford costumes and there is an
economic disparity. We also have students that
are unable to participate for religious or
cultural reasons.” Shepherd is not the only one
touting these ridiculous excuses.
The annual Halloween parade that has been held
at the Ralph Waldo Emerson Elementary School for
decades was in danger of being canceled until so
many students and their parents complained that
school officials had to reinstate it.
The most absurd explanation comes from principal
Brian Anderson in Portland, Oregon, who says he
has banned Halloween activities because he
worries that students whose culture or religion
doesn’t allow them to celebrate might feel
excluded from the others, especially as more and
more immigrants with different cultures arrive
in this country and that we are pushing our
traditions on an ever-changing population in the
For the vast majority of people Halloween is a
secular holiday, neither religious or political,
but once again we see these fanatics trying to
impose their personal social agenda's through
the power of their authority as educators and
administrators. Banning Halloween goes far
beyond political correctness going too far and
in its self a form of intolerance and social
totalitarianism. We are so glad to see both kids
and parents standing up to these extremists and
saying no to their attempts at changing one of
our most popular cultural traditions.
Halloween is a time where people of all ages can
just enjoy themselves and just have some fun!
Traditionally, a Halloween party and parade
where the costumed kids would walk through the
classrooms during the last half-hour of class
was highly anticipated at schools in the
Puyallup School District of Washington state,
but not any more, thanks to superintendent Tony
Apostle, who has banned all Halloween related
activities in the entire school district!
His big concern seems to be that Halloween
celebrations and children dressed in Halloween
costumes might be offensive to real witches.
Witchcraft and Wicca, as well as other nature
based religions are real and legitimate, but I'm not offended by these festivities
and I have been a traditionally initiated Witch
since 1975. What I am offended by is extremist
administrators and educators arbitrarily and without
consultation, abolishing a time honored
tradition in school.
Brian Anderson unilaterally banned Halloween costumes
at the Buckman Elementary School in Portland,
Oregon, wanting to deemphasize the celebration
of Halloween at school, and stating that "we"
are pushing our traditions on an ever-changing
population, meaning new immigrants.
This radical policy has angered parents and
Davidson of the Riviera Elementary School in
Clear Lake Riviera, California also banned
Halloween costumes, until so many parents
complained that she reversed the ban, saying
that it had become a “more emotional issue”
than she had anticipated. What this means is
that she was taking more heat than she could
handle and backed down.
schools, such as the Holton and Edgewood
Elementary schools in Michigan, have cancelled all
Halloween related activities and replace them with what
they call a Fall Festival, designed around their
own social scheme. Principal Amy Upham, in
Fruitport, won't allow Halloween parties and
costumes parades at her school, but will replace
them with fall related and educational
activities. That's right, lets take everything
we can from kids. It's hard enough today for a
child to grow up happy, of course they shouldn't
have any fun what so ever.
Some might say that
because Halloween does have ancient religious roots, it would be
unconstitutional for it to be promoted in schools, because
of the separation of church and state. The problem
is that Halloween is both a religious and non-religious holiday.
Samhain (sow-wan) is a holy day celebrated by Witches and
other pagan based religions on October 31st/November 1st.
But for the vast majority of people it is a non-religious
holiday of celebration and festivities.
In school, it
has been traditionally celebrated by allowing kids dress up
in Halloween costumes, hold in-class Halloween parties,
exchange tasty treats and
par take in a variety of other Halloween activities, none of
which could be construed as promoting a "religious" holiday,
only as a secular celebration. As for the children
themselves, I don't ever remember a kid who didn't love
Halloween. If some of the "loonies" in our society happen to
think that Halloween is such a controversial holiday, they can always choose to abstain
instead of forcing their twisted ideology on people who
don't want it.