Halloween is an exciting time for many children across the world. The excitement over planning costumes, getting together with friends and heading out for a night of trick or treating is one of the greatest thrills of childhood. Most years, Halloween falls on a school day, so children have to spend the day in the classroom before the fun begins. Many schools incorporate their excitement into a fun day of learning and activities. Some schools, however, have gone so far as to ban the holiday! Read on and tell us what you think!
Early October my daughter starts planning for Halloween: what she wants to wear, the number of pumpkins she wants to carve and decorate, the decorations she wants to put in front of the house and most importantly the costume she will wear during Halloween day at school! It’s a whole month of planning, imagination and laughter for her and for all the family members!
For safety reason, she is not allowed to wear masks at school nor so long a costume that kids stumble and fall! over it. I find those safety measures important and I make sure that her costume follows those guidelines! After all it is a fun day and I don’t want it to be missed because of a lack of planning!
Banning Halloween in Schools: Yay or Nay?
Since it is Halloween week, the TV, radio and online media are emphasizing the safety measures and requirements so kids can have a fabulous evening. One TV show showcased a school where Halloween was not celebrated! It was replaced by a spirit day: I think an orange day where kids are allowed to wear orange and black but no costume! The school was trying to accommodate people with low income budget and coming from different religious backgrounds. Some religions do not celebrate this holiday!
I was a bit startled! I understand that some parents are on tight budget and some do not celebrate Halloween! But do you think that every child that celebrates Halloween cares about that? Do you think that every child who sees another friend wearing a costume understands that? Don’t you think it can create frustration among them! A Halloween costume does not have to be expensive! For my son I used to give him my husband’s shirt and jacket! I added a hat that I bought from Dollar store and you have a beautiful creative costume on a tight budget. Kids do not care about how expensive the costume is at this age, they want to have fun with their mates and be kids! Most kids also aren’t thinking of any religious aspect of the holiday. To them, it’s about dressing up and enjoying a day of creative play…and candy of course!
Can we just let kids be kids and stop forcing adult thinking into their lives for just one day a year? What do you think?