Parents in Newington, Connecticut, say they are upset that Halloween celebrations in two elementary schools have been cancelled due to concern over those who don’t celebrate. Both Anna Reynolds Elementary School and Ruth Chaffee Elementary School decided to cancel all of their Halloween activities because some students don’t celebrate. Parents in the area say that they’re disappointed by both schools’ decisions to cancel Halloween celebrations. “I think it’s stupid, it’s not fair for the kids and I mean if some people don’t want to participate, then don’t participate, but they shouldn’t take it away from all the kids,” said Lori Montano, whose eight-year-old daughter won’t be able to wear her witch costume to school. “She’s disappointed, very disappointed because she has been doing it all the way up to this year. Now they are not doing it this year.”
The schools say they plan to replace Halloween celebrations with fall-themed ones, but most parents say that isn’t good enough. “If a few people are offended because of religion, I completely understand their viewpoint,” said parent Karen Petersen. “To me, it didn’t make sense to punish the rest of the students for a few students who don’t celebrate the holiday.” Administrators from both schools say that teachers can still display pumpkins, witches, ghosts, and signs that read, “Happy Halloween,” but they aren’t allowed to have any celebrations in an effort to not exclude any students who can’t celebrate.
Why is this happening? I think this woman’s take is spot on:
The cancellation of school Halloween parties is part and parcel with replacing Christmas parties with vague celebrations of winter that go so far as to forbid the wearing of red and green. Seriously? How about maroon and teal? Would those survive inspection by the Color Police?
James Fulford would likely agree:
When some elementary schools in Florida did turn Halloween into a “fall holiday”, a Tallahassee parent said “”The witches and goblins of Halloween are no more believable than Santa Claus, the Easter Bunny or the Tooth Fairy. … Are they going to ban those, too?” [Halloween Ghouls and Goblins are Real for Some, AP, October 30, 1989]
So, it’s likely not so much a fear of offending Christians, so much as the same impulse giving rise to the War on Christmas, the attack on Columbus Day and Halloween, etc.
Hey, there are educational alternatives. You can homeschool / private school / church school your kids, then you can have control about whether or not they will celebrate Halloween…