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HALLOWEEN AT SCHOOL


Most schools 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 activities.

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. Right now these types of incidents seem to be isolated, but they do seem to be growing in number each year.

2013 - 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.

Needless to 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.

We believe that there is a big difference between political correctness and political stupidity, and it sickens us when we see headlines like these:

Connecticut School District Cancels Halloween - Reinstates After Complaints
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.

Milford resident 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 offensive.”

Last year (2014), Newington, Connecticut elementary schools did the same thing in their school district. Does Connecticut hate Halloween?

 
The War on Halloween
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 Halloween activities.

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 United States.

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.

 
Principal 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 devastated students.
 
Principal Diana 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.
 
Other elementary 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.
 

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