Should Schools Ban Halloween?

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Registered: 07-05-2005
Should Schools Ban Halloween?
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Tue, 10-22-2013 - 8:38am

Blame it on peanut allergies. Blame it on safety issues. Blame it on religion. Blame it on costumes. But, this year, some schools are telling children: No Halloween candyfor you!

As Time.com reports, from Portland, Ore., to Pennsylvania, some schools are banning Halloween -- and it’s stirring up a witch’s brew of controversy.

“What sort of lesson are we teaching our kids when we ban even a tiny, sugar-coated break in their daily grind (or, even worse, substitute a generic, Wicker Man-style ‘Fall Festival’ for Halloween)? Mostly that we are a society that is so scared of its own shadow that we can’t even enjoy ourselves anymore,” he writes. “We live in fear of what might be called the killjoy’s veto, where any complaint is enough to destroy even the least objectionable fun."

No Tricks, No Treats: Should Schools Ban Halloween?

 http://www.ivillage.com/halloween-celebrations-banned-some-schools/6-a-550168

What do you think?  Should Halloween be celebrated in school?  How does it work at schools in your area?

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Registered: 09-02-2008
Tue, 10-22-2013 - 11:17am

Yes, I think all holiday celebrations should be cut out of school. That makes it fair to all religions and cultures.

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Registered: 05-27-1998
Tue, 10-22-2013 - 3:23pm

My kids' elementary school didn't exactly ban Halloween, they just didn't celebrate it either. Some teachers decorated their classrooms, and some kids came in costume, but nobody had a party to celebrate it. I thought the school struck a nice low-key balance.

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Registered: 10-23-2001
Tue, 10-22-2013 - 9:43pm
No, Don't take Halloween parties away. I just signed up to bring cheez-it snacks for my 10 year old's class.

 


 


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Registered: 10-23-2001
Tue, 10-22-2013 - 9:47pm

tdalton810 wrote:
<p>Yes, I think all holiday celebrations should be cut out of school. That makes it fair to all religions and cultures.</p>

What about holiday break, Screw December 25th, Make kids go to school?  I doubt it. 

 


 


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Registered: 10-17-2012
Wed, 10-23-2013 - 1:13am

How about banning political correctness and the gestapo-like tactics of a liberal minority and let this country go back to embracing it's long held traditions?

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Registered: 01-08-2009
Sat, 10-26-2013 - 8:40am

I am not sure how Halloween got to be such a big thing, anyway. When I was a kid you carved a Jack-o-Lantern, got dressed up one night, spent a couple of hours going round to the neighbors, came home and gorged, and that was that. There were decorations in classrooms, but no parties. Now people in my neighborhood have hundreds of dollars worth of decorations, special sound and smoke effects, Halloween lights up for two weeks before Halloween, there was a big "trunk or treat" event downtown last night with all the churches and businesses giving away candy, and there will be school parties as well as the main event. Some of my friends now have professional portraits done of their kids in costume every year. I guess I'm the big grinch. I still carve a Jack-o- lantern, and I love seeing the kids in costume on the night itself, but I've got no use for the preliminaries. 

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Registered: 10-23-2001
Sun, 10-27-2013 - 8:46am
I was off school the day after Halloween for All Saints day, My kids get short changed in the public schools, Lol. J/K.

 


 


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Registered: 05-27-1998
Mon, 10-28-2013 - 5:20pm

My theory (totally untested and unscientific) is that the rise of huge Halloween festivities coincides with the decline in regular worship attendance/belief in God. But people are spiritual and need to explore their spiritual sides (both good and bad) some way, and this is the way that many in our culture have chosen to address this.

And while I don't think getting in touch with one's inner zombie is any substitute for a relationship with the Living God, well, I do get where people are coming from!

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Registered: 10-23-2001
Tue, 10-29-2013 - 4:38am

Getting to stay up late didn't negate the hdo the next day, we went to church on November 1st and when my kids were small I took them to mass then school after that, it's nice public schools do excuse for religous reasons.  I don't know if All Saints is still obligatory. 

 

 

 


 


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Registered: 09-01-2002
Tue, 10-29-2013 - 6:23pm

cmkristy wrote:
...What do you think?  Should Halloween be celebrated in school?  How does it work at schools in your area?</span></p>

There are so few holidays really celebrated in schools anymore.  I don't have a problem, religious or otherwise, with a Halloween party or 2 in school.  The teachers and principal have decorated this year (I never really paid attention before).  And the elementary kids get to show off their costumes in a Halloween parade.  It's adorable, and I know this is a town where every kid is going to have a costume because that's what they do here.

As a general rule, it's been ingrained in children's little heads that they are not allowed to bring candy for lunch or snack time.  I'm sure some kids must bring some candy somtime?  But all of my kids have reminded me ~ No (Halloween) candy for snacktime.