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!

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