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Halloween Rant and Rave

Posted Aug 26 2008 4:39pm
I belong to an online community for moms. Yesterday, in that community, I came across a question asking how we celebrate Halloween. I was shocked at how many moms didn't celebrate Halloween and wouldn't allow their children to celebrate Halloween. I was even more shocked when I learned that in many schools across the US, Halloween celebrations are banned. That's right, banned! No costumes allowed, no Halloween cookies or cupcakes can be brought in for the kids to enjoy.

Apparently, schools are citing the reason that Halloween is offensive to Christians. This makes me so angry that I can barely get my thoughts together to put them in this post.

Many also think that Halloween celebrates evil. To those people I can only say do some research. I was going to write a brief history of Halloween here, but it ended up becoming too long. So I have found a website that pretty much covers everything. Click here if you are interested in some Halloween history.

Halloween's history tells of a celebration meant to honor those that have past, as well as to celebrate the changing of the season. Ancient people believed that during this celebration the veil between the world of the living and the dead was lifted allowing those that have past to come back to "visit". Maybe that is what Christians today call evil?? I don't know, but I think it's ridiculous.

What really bothers me is that now all of the children in the community miss out because a select few find it offensive.

When I was in school Halloween was fun ! We all brought in goodies to trade with our classmates, we wore fun costumes, usually there was a door decorating contest to see what class could do the best job decorating their homeroom door, and finally, my fondest memory of Halloween in school was the parade. I loved the parade! After school, parents were invited to watch as the children did a little march around school property to showcase their costumes. Usually there was a contest. (I never won) Everyone, parents, teachers, and students, had a good time.

Now, and this is important, if you did not wish to participate, then you did not have to. I repeat, it was not mandatory to dress-up! I make this point because moms on that community site I mentioned, are claiming that their children were being forced to participate. Have you ever heard of such a thing??

I went to school with one or two kids who were Jehovah's Witness's. They didn't celebrate anything, at least, that's what it seemed like. No one forced them to do anything, ever. If they didn't want to participate in a celebration that was going on then the teachers and the principle would find something for them that was enjoyable, but wouldn't break their rules. Maybe it was goofing off in the library, or getting an excused absence, I really don't know. But, I do know that they were never pressured and their parents never complained.

My school was mostly children with a religious background of Christian or Jewish. During the winter holiday season we learned both Christian and Jewish songs, we decorated for both holidays, etc. Our parents never complained that we were being exposed to another faith or that we were being forced to celebrate another faith's holiday.

People today are too damned sensitive!!! If everything that offended everyone was done away with...what would we have left???

And the thing is, I truly believe that Halloween has become a commercialized, community celebration. Though there may be some religious origins, they have long been lost through out the years. Halloween today remains as a celebration of the fall season and a chance for kids to let loose, dress silly, and have a good time. And with all of the pressures that children are under today, is it really a bad thing to give our kids one day in school that focuses on fun, and not on their studies?

I have to say that when my children are old enough to attend school, if they are not allowed to dress up on Halloween then they will be allowed, by me, to dress in costume on whatever other day they want. Hey, the rules say no costumes on Halloween, they don't say anything about no costumes on school picture day, or 6th grade graduation, or the students birthday, right?!?

I'm completely disgusted. I can't believe society has become this fickle and closed-minded. I'm so pissed, I can't even think of anything else to say.
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