Port Colborne elementary school cancels Halloween!

Can you believe it? If it means kids having fun, schools are cancelling it. Can’t have that. Now its about Halloween, traditionally a day to recognize the dead. In our culture, it is about trick or treating. That’s it. Nothing sinister.

Last year I wrote about how some schools were cancelling the annual Halloween parties and parades for politically correct reasons. So, it seems the trend continues to upset the majority in favour of the few. Which is a shame because one of the safest locations for such a dress up party is a school auditorium or sidewalk around a school yard.

Back in the 1970s, when I was teaching elementary school, the one or two families per class that disagreed with Halloween simply kept their children home on the day of the dress up parade. Why the change? Why are schools changing long held Canadian customs to accommodate the few?

I mean, schools are actually cancelling Halloween!

This year the party poopers are officials at McKay Public School in Port Colborne Ontario, although there are plenty of  other schools around who are cancelling the dress up day as well.

Or, in their words, simply changing Halloween to be a more inclusive “Spirit Day.” I hesitate to ask  how Spirit Day will be significantly different?

I mean, for an example of what happens when well meaning people take political correctness to the extreme, check out the bottom of this Peta page regarding Easter — to eat your veggies, not your friends. 

Anyway, to all those who love Halloween and hand out treats at the door, enjoy the children and the fun they have. I know I will!

7 thoughts on “Port Colborne elementary school cancels Halloween!

  1. I don’t understand what is “politically incorrect” about Halloween. Yes, it was originally a day to pay respects to loved ones who had passed on–much like All Soul’s Day. There have been misunderstanding in the past (Puritans) about the “evil” doings of the holiday, but these day’s it’s mostly a day for children to play.
    I can understand placing some limits on the costumes perhaps, the bloody-gorey stuff might be a bit much for some kids to handle, but what harm can a princess costume do?
    Next question is…where do we draw the line of freedom and offensiveness? Should we cancel Christmas assemblies for instance? A good percentage of families are not “Christian,” yet many of the songs still sung in the schools are about the “Christmas Story”. What about the Jewish children, the Buddhist children, and those from families who don’t adhere to any religious tradition?
    Personally, my viewpoint is to actually celebrate more holidays! Bring the other traditions into the schools as well. It’s a terrific opportunity to learn that we can respect and share the stories and celebrations of other cultures and groups. Diversity is beautiful; let’s stop creating so many divisions between people.

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  2. Robyn. I agree. One of the things I did with my junior level class those many years ago, before I went on leave to attend grad school, was incorporate an ethic diversity day with Halloween. I think it was called “multi-cultural” day then. Anyway, kids brought in different dishes and before the parade, we had a buffet. In that way, they didn’t eat junk food — at least at school. 😉

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  3. This is just wrong!!! I came from a very middle class family of 5 kids and we had the most fun using our artistic talents, what was around the house and CREATED costumes. In our school, we paraded through the other classrooms and NONE of us felt less because we all encouraged everyone. It was like a pep rally.

    This is on the Administration, the Parents and the Intolerance.

    Children are meant to be free and have fun. Adults are messing up their brains because I think children are not permitted to be kids. Families are not families any longer. They have become a status symbol and to some, this joy and unbridled chaos, a burden. That is unacceptable.

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  4. whatever we do we must destroy our culture and traditions no matter what. everyone is more important than us. multi-cultural day. this is Canada not some experiment to see how quick a culture can be destroyed.

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  5. Morri — A multi-cultural day was far better than this latest inclusion this and inclusion that — as you say giving up where our traditions come from — so as not to offend. We at least recognized our ancestors without destroying what we have become as a result. We still had Halloween and the kids still got to dress up. Batman and Wonder Woman were big in those days! LOL

    I used to make oatmeal cookies from my grandmother’s recipe. She came to this country in 1912 from Glasgow. In other words, apart from our First Nations, our country is multi-cultural.

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  6. Morri — I read an article about Kennewick Man this week which the court in the U.S. confirmed — our First Nations aren’t really our first nations. A nearby Native Band tried to stop the lawsuit from proceeding. Talk about political correctness. They scientists estimated that the culture that existed long before our present-day Aboriginals, lived in North American for 1500 years, 10,000 years ago.

    So, yes, our First Nations are immigrants too!

    But, that doesn’t change our obligations to them. I just don’t believe — and this has nothing to do with this post — that throwing more money at the problem is going to solve what has become a cultural attitude of entitlement to some. Luckily, there are many Native communities that are thriving!

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