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Andrea Hermitt, the Education Examiner, has great insight into whether or not this holiday should be celebrated in schools. She says, "The fact that they had children to get dressed up to collect candy didn’t bother me within itself, but the fact that Christmas was relegated to Santa Claus and on top of it made me simmer.

"Fast forward several years, and it seems that Halloween is under attack in public schools. Perhaps the reason is just what I stated. If Christian Holidays are not welcome in school, why should any. In some cases this may be true, but you would be surprised to find out some of the reasons Halloween is banned in school."

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Man, in a club I'm in I wanted to raise money by selling halloween cupcakes on halloween, but the teachers said that we shouldn't do that because some of the kids don't 'do' halloween... gah. i just say you can't ever make everyone happy and just do it anyways >.<
 

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well personally i think its fine mostly because most think of it as a fun holiday not about its true backround but dude i think it would be fine
if people have a problem with it then they can talk to the board but come on learning the orgin of halloween is FUNN of course im not a normal 15 year old but heck with it ;)
 

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I remember as a child we would dress up at school on Halloween, do a costume parade, and have a lil party. Now My sons school doesn't celebrate Halloween at all. I guess because some people celebrate and some don't. They don't really even celebrate any holiday. Kinda sad actually.:(
 

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I remember as a child we would dress up at school on Halloween, do a costume parade, and have a lil party. Now My sons school doesn't celebrate Halloween at all. I guess because some people celebrate and some don't. They don't really even celebrate any holiday. Kinda sad actually.:(
Same here. I think it's a real shame that certain religious extremists have forced out Halloween from the school, and yet they still do Christmas.

Either ALL holidays should be banned, or none of them.
 

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Same here. I think it's a real shame that certain religious extremists have forced out Halloween from the school, and yet they still do Christmas.

Either ALL holidays should be banned, or none of them.
At my sons' school, they don't celebrate Halloween, Christmas, or Easter. But they do have a "Fall party", a "Winter party", and a "Spring party".

I was disappointed when I realized this when my first son went through kindergarten. I remember how much fun we had as kids in school (back in the 80s) doing our Halloween parade and party, decorating the class Christmas tree, Santa would come and give everyone a small gift, and the classes did gift exchanges, and then for Easter the Easter Bunny would come and we'd have an Easter egg hunt.

I guess I shouldn't be too disappointed since they have done away with all of the holiday celebrations and didn't just pick and choose.
 

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I think any holiday is fine as long as religion is kept out of it. Halloween is not a religious holiday IN MY OPINION, so I think it should be allowed. Some of my best memories of elementary school were all the different holiday parties. Someone is going to be offended no matter what religion they practice, or choose not to practice at all. The fun really gets sucked out of life when everything has to go through the political correctness meat grinder first.
 

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When I was a kid, it was lots of fun to have the costume parade and a party.

My boys have had the same, only they chose not to participate in the costume parade at about grade 8.

It still is a big night here - thank goodness. The religious zealots haven't taken over. My youngest son still has a christmas party and christmas concert at his school. At my eldest son's school it is a little different - it is very multi cultural so a bit of everything is recognized.

Down with the no fun zealots I say!!!
 

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Okay, I'm going to throw my 2 cents in here.

I think this is all a bunch of bunk...busy bodies who have nothing better to do with their time. They're messing with a date on the calendar (Halloween is not an official Holiday)

I'm a Christian, that being said, some of the biggest bigots and hypercrits have gone to the same churches I have.
Okay, so now people want to complain about Halloween so here's my rebuttal.

1. It is not and has never been about devil worship...read up and find out before you pass judgment!
2. Fix your own Holidays first.... a) Easter is really about the crucifixion and resurrection of Christ....so what's with the eggs and bunnies - huh? b) Christmas - celebration of the birth of Christ - i. Dec. 25 is not the true birthday, ii. Santa Clause - enough said
3. So the religious holidays are being distorted from what they really mean so we can "Not offend" anyone and to commercialize it.
4. Halloween is not part of any religion and even if it was, this country was founded on freedom of religion, speech etc.
5. I don't tell you how to spend your time and what days to celebrate and not to celebrate. I don't try to change when or how you celebrate. I expect the same treatment.

Okay, I ready to go to court over this...(can you see the steam?)

Why are we losing more and more of our freedom to the concept of having to make everyone happy?

I wish there was still some unexplored territory that we could all move to and start the "United Halloween Confederation" or something.
 

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The biggest problem I have with school taking these things away from our kids. Is there are a lot of kids, that never get the chances, or have parties at home. I have seen so many kids where their parents will not even give them lunch money. So taking away a chance for them to cut out pumpkins, witches , Santa, or what ever, and having teachers and some parents bring in snacks. To teach these kids about social life and give them some enjoyment. Just showing them some one dose care. It is nothing short of criminal, in my opinion. Our family quit going to church, because they kept wanting to to do these kind of things. Plus they started suiting each other for control of the church?



Life is short, enjoy every moment.
 

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:) Heck, some of the best memories I had of school was decorating the
classroom for Halloween! We always had a party and the kids were able to
wear their costumes! It was a lot of fun! And to my knowledge, not once
did the devil ever show up! All though there was one teacher.....
 

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it's the Whiners that are doing it

When did the PC movement cross the lines of rationality….
The main cause behind the holidays being distorted is not the people changing the rules but the people demanding the rules be changed to accommodate every personal view that could possibly exist.

Halloween gets the brunt of the attacks simply because it is not a national holiday, which is kind of stupid when you look at how long it’s been celebrated in the US and how popular it is in sales figures.

Winter break includes Christmas, Chanukah and New Years, Spring break includes Passover and Easter (in most cases) and Thanksgiving gets it’s one 3-4 day weekend. Plus they get some other key ‘holidays’ off during the year, in most areas

My Idea:
If you don’t want them celebrating in school, make it a national holiday and give them the day off.
The PC people will be happy because it’s no longer in schools.
Kids will be happy cause it’s a day off.
And (about half ) the parents will be happy because they have more time to get their kids and everything else ready for the holiday.



And to answer about the Eggs and Bunnies on Easter : It’s taken from pagan rituals for celebrating spring and fertility. Christianity adopted it to help convert more people by saying ‘Hey, you can be Christian and continue your normal celebration.”
Anyhow would you really want your kid eating a chocolate Jesus?
 

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Where I live, the schools do not acknowledge Halloween. A few years ago, a poor unsuspecting new kid showed up to school in costume and got suspended! I think that's a tad bit harsh for a misunderstanding. I kind of laugh because in an effort to appease the large number of extreme right religious people who live in this area, the schools also have season parties. Celebrating seasons is a pagan thing isn't it?

I had an issue today because a person representing a local church came down my street and passed out Halloween coloring books to the kids. The story in the book was about little Timmy who didn't go to church and went trick or treating & got hit by a car & went to hell and his parents were very sad for the rest of their lives. That cooked my gourd!:mad:

To the person who doesn't eat chocolate Jesus dolls. I won't eat chocolate crosses either.
 

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See, this is what really makes me CrAzy o_O

When did the PC movement cross the lines of rationality….
The main cause behind the holidays being distorted is not the people changing the rules but the people demanding the rules be changed to accommodate every personal view that could possibly exist.

Halloween gets the brunt of the attacks simply because it is not a national holiday, which is kind of stupid when you look at how long it’s been celebrated in the US and how popular it is in sales figures.

Winter break includes Christmas, Chanukah and New Years, Spring break includes Passover and Easter (in most cases) and Thanksgiving gets it’s one 3-4 day weekend. Plus they get some other key ‘holidays’ off during the year, in most areas

My Idea:
If you don’t want them celebrating in school, make it a national holiday and give them the day off.
The PC people will be happy because it’s no longer in schools.
Kids will be happy cause it’s a day off.
And (about half ) the parents will be happy because they have more time to get their kids and everything else ready for the holiday.



And to answer about the Eggs and Bunnies on Easter : It’s taken from pagan rituals for celebrating spring and fertility. Christianity adopted it to help convert more people by saying ‘Hey, you can be Christian and continue your normal celebration.”
Anyhow would you really want your kid eating a chocolate Jesus?

DM, See, great minds do think alike ;)
I agree with you on all points.
When I attended elementary school, back in the 19....day, we were allowed to decorate the classrooms, wear our little costumes, and have our little Halloween parties. And the devil never once showed up, either. LOL. Well, except that one teacher...

Wow, it never ceases to amaze me how much this country has changed in the last....um....several years from when I attended school. Geez, like Dogman said, make it a national holiday already.
Everyone will be happy, both for and against *booo*hiss*you suck*get a life*booo*hissss*go bug someone else*hisssssss*
 

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I can always remember being told as a child that "halloween is a silly American custom, it'll never catch on in the UK"....I was one of those kids who found this hugly amusing, and made a point of memorising passages from the encyclopaedia (yes, one of those kids) to recite to them.

My mum used to stand back and just grin as I started to rant. She'd only get involved if they shut the door on me LOL. I think the world needs more of my mother :)

I don't ever remember it being a part of school life though, except for when we lived on Army camps, who had families from all over the globe and got involved in everything to keep everyone happy. It was great, and had a nice community spirit.
 

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Its awful that political correctness is eroding traditional values and especially harmless holidays like Halloween. Christmas gets it even harder. I wonder sometimes too if its also used as a convenient excuse to simply not bother. Money saving and all that.
 
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