My daughter is not yet school-aged. When my stepson was alive, kids were still allowed to have fun at Halloween; remember that, way back, when people realized that though Halloween may have roots in some form or religion (depending on your view), it is mostly now just about letting kids dress up and have some fun and get some candy?
I don’t know if that is a popular sentiment or not, and I don’t much care. I have wonderful memories of dressing up in my costume in the early morning and going to school, anticipating being part of the parade and the little party afterwards.
Not very many years after I stopped dressing up, I delighted in participating in my stepson’s Halloween events at his school.
It is abhorrent to me that this is being taken away. Taken away from CHILDREN, for what I feel are very unfair reasons.
Cultural diversity is about as important to me as my lungs; I think it is an imperative part of who we are as a nation and as individual people and cultures that make up that nation. I will uphold anyone’s right to believe in what they choose, whether I believe it or not. I understand that not everyone wants to celebrate Halloween. No objections here! But just because you don’t want to shouldn’t mean I can’t.
I seem to recall the days that I was granted leave from class if something was happening that I didn’t want to participate in (mostly Science class…I wasn’t dissecting ANYTHING) for any reason, as long as I had my parents blessing. When did it become more about removing things from everyone for the sake of the few? I am not saying I want anyone to be excluded from a greater group because they don’t believe in a minor event. All I am asking is that the rights of the people to hold that minor event not be eroded to the point where no one has any fun at all.
Respecting rights is a very fine line, one I am happy to walk. I just want everyone else to walk it too.
Is your child participating in Halloween events today? What are your thoughts on schools cancelling Halloween parades and parties? Comment below!