Poll: Should Schools Ban Halloween?
One suburban school district decided to ban Halloween, citing religious and economic concerns. Should others follow suit?
Skokie School District 69 decided to ban Halloween, fearing that the holiday was unfair to poor students who couldn't afford costumes and that the holiday had religious overtones.
“There will be no costumes, no candy bags, no parties,” District 69 Superintendent Quintin Shepherd told Skokie Patch.
In a letter to parents, Shepherd stated:
Many students cannot afford costumes and there is an economic disparity.
We also have students that are unable to participate for religious or cultural reasons. In the past, these students have had to sit in another room and participate in an alternative activity. Every year the number of students that cannot participate grows.
Although the ban remains in effect, Shephard said he would listen to feedback from parents.