Update re “Is Halloween being destroyed by political correctness?”

Update November 2nd: I agree with parent Kim Holford who said on Charles Adler last night: “Canada can’t become a blank slate that everyone can write on except us.” Exactly. But that, it seems, is precisely what the politically correct want.

Black and Orange Spirit Day? That may not offend the few who feel “uncomfortable” with Halloween, but it sure offends the majority. I mean, don’t we count anymore?

By the way, the original Samhain Festival was not devil worship, it was simply the day and night the people celebrated the harvest and made sacrifices to keep bad spirits away for the new year — shutting down their own fires and building community fires instead.  Remember, the early people were superstitious and knew nothing about science.  In fact, even later it was connected to remembering the Christian martyrs who died for their faith, as well as the recently departed.

So, nothing about Halloween is actually about the devil or black magic. Rather, it is about the departed — as in the dead — and keeping bad spirits away, just the opposite to what some think Halloween represents. See the link in my Endnotes for a complete history.

Original article starts here:

I am sick and tired of people who think they have a right to impose their politically correct beliefs and values on the general society. This week, it is about Halloween. In a day or so it will be about Remembrance Day. In December it will be about Christmas.

Regarding Halloween, check out these two Fox sources: a video and a print article (H/T JNW # 8). They will blow you away with their “correctness.” Heaven forbid anyone allow a child to eat something that is not nutritious or do something that is — well– fun!

In terms of school parties and costume parades, should teachers be aware of which children have no costumes or costumes that need a little help? Of course. I used to keep half a dozen bagged costumes for just such occasions. Remember, its about fantasy and fun — usually followed up with come type of reading and creative writing activities.Regarding good old fashioned Trick or Treating, of course parents should accompany their children when they go door to door because there are, unfortunately, sick people out there who would tamper with the treats. There are also those who would be verbally abusive to the children at the door or worse. That said, for the most part, Treating can be a fun time for everyone — as long as those who live in Northern climates bundle up well.

Parents can also have fun, be it when they are planning and making a costume, helping their child or children choose one at a retail outlet, or simply watching their childrens’ reactions while they are collecting their loot. I am thinking especially of the little ones that go out for the first or second time. Scary but as long as they see their mom and dad, invigorating as well.

Then, of course, there are the community and rural events. In rural areas, for example, the kids and their parents go Trick or Treating by car or truck. Then, there are the parties where kids can run around and collect goodies without going door to door.

At the end of the day, however, perhaps the most fun time of all is when everyone gets back home and the children can dump out what they “got” on the table or floor and fully see their treasures.

In other words, Halloween is just good old-fashioned fun and no one should attribute any deeper meaning to the day and night than that.

For a brief history of Halloween

Endnote: For those who want a fairly reliable site regarding the history of Halloween, beginning with the Celtic Festival of Samhain, I would recommend this A&E history site. It summarizes how two Roman festivals (Feralia and Pomona) were combined with the more ancient Samhain, how Pope Boniface instituted a day in May of every year to remember the martrys in the early 7th century followed by Pope Gregory, in the 8th century, moving that celebration from May 13th to November 1st.

However, the mixing of traditions didn’t stop there. When people from England, Ireland, Wales and Scotland settled in North America, the older fall festival traditions became mixed with Native traditions and today’s Halloween traditions began. Here is what the site says:

“In the second half of the nineteenth century, America was flooded with new immigrants. These new immigrants, especially the millions of Irish fleeing Ireland’s potato famine of 1846, helped to popularize the celebration of Halloween nationally. Taking from Irish and English traditions, Americans began to dress up in costumes and go house to house asking for food or money, a practice that eventually became today’s “trick-or-treat” tradition. Young women believed that on Halloween they could divine the name or appearance of their future husband by doing tricks with yarn, apple parings or mirrors.”

In other words, while Halloween obviously had its origins with the Celtic Samhain Festival 2000 years ago, the way we celebrate it today, with Trick or Treating, began as recently as the mid 19th century. That said, given how complicated the history of Halloween is, I would recommend reading the entire A&E piece.

8 thoughts on “Update re “Is Halloween being destroyed by political correctness?”

  1. Of course it is. Canada is a diverse/multicultural nation that accommodates everybody from every race and religion. The founding principles of our Canadian society were based upon our Christian understanding of the world. This was the biases of our Anglo-Saxon heritage and traditions which included Halloween…….and yes Christmas. We have banned all Christmas plays in every public school and are in the process of banning Halloween.

    Since Canada has taken on a strong liberal leftists program of cultural and social engineering from the Trudeau era, the majority of Canadians stemming from Anglo-Saxon heritage have been subjected many programs of political correctness and re-education.

    In keeping with our evolved Canadian culture I think we are doing the prudent thing by banning Halloween. There is surely a new Canadian that comes from a country where Halloween is offensive and hurtful and our liberal leftists Trudeau appeasement should protect the vocal minority who deserve special treatment.

    After all it’s now “happy holidays” instead of Merry Christmas, “winter and spring break” instead of Easter Holidays and Muslims are allowed to pray in public schools in Toronto.

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    • I (Sandy) agree with you on all the first part of your comment Billy but certainly don’t on the last part. In fact, in my opinion, if things keep going as you hope, there will be no founding principles left whatsoever.

      Just because new people come to this country doesn’t mean we have to bend over backwards and cancel everything that is dear to us simply because it might offend them and the culture where they came from. I mean, shouldn’t the newcomers learn to adapt since they knew what our country represented when they requested to come here.

      Halloween is based on the Celtic Samhain festival — a two thousand year old heritage which was eventually integrated into the Catholic celebration of All Saints Day.

      Scrooge said “Bah Humbug.” That is what you have essentially said about Halloween.

      Maybe others feel as you do, maybe they don’t. I have a feeling the majority don’t.

      Anyone else care to jump in and join the discussion?

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  2. My last part was an exercise in sarcasm due to elements of frustration in seeing our founding conservative principles being chastised as xenophobic. Canada’s has been hijacked by the politically correct vocal minority thanks to Trudeau and his concept of socially engineering his version of equality. Trudeau’s infamous manifesto, known as the 1982 Constitution and Charter of Rights and Freedoms, states that all Canadians are equal.

    He goes on to ensure that Section 15 of the Charter permits Affirmative Action in hopes of dispelling any left over fragments of inequality from the our White Fathers of Confederation. Essentially Trudeau’s manifesto suggest that as Canadians we are all equal just that some are more equal than others.

    Religion, tradition and heritage are all subjective issues that should clearly be respected in our society. But lets not forget that when a nation was founded on certain principles that reflect this, they too should be respected.

    I do say Merry Christmas, Happy Easter and Happy Halloween without any trepidation. I do however bare in mind that the rapid uprising of politically correctness has instilled a rigour of caution that has me second guessing my actions, even when my intentions are noble.

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    • Billy, In the past I have taken comments to be sarcasm and have been wrong. So, unless there is a LOL or Sarc in brackets, I assume the comment is as it seems to be. I am sure your comments are just as noble as your intentions. Now, that you have left a comment here, however, I’ll know what to watch for. 😉

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  4. If taking Christmas, Easter and Halloween out of our public schools is part of what constitutes multiculturalism, then multiculturalism is a farce and should be abolished.
    Actually it should be abolished anyway, it’s not conducive to a cohesive society and we stand for nothing.

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    • Liz, it’s not just about multiculturalism any more. It’s also about social justice — which of course means different things to different people. The big word is, wait for it, inclusiveness! But, what is inclusive for one group is exclusive to another!!!!

      Aaargh!!!

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