D69 Halloween Ban Makes National News

Huffington Post Live gathers commenters from the local area and around the country to talk about District 69's decision to ban Halloween celebrations, candy, parades, etc. from its schools.


Now that the Skokie-Morton Grove School District 69 school board has let stand Superintendent Quintin Shepherd's  decision to ban Halloween parades, parties, candy and celebrations, people around the country are talking about it.

Huffington Post Live sought out district parents and residents to talk about the ban, and what it means for district children, on a broadcast segment called "Trick or Treat" that aired nationally Thursday.

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Dr. Shepherd said the ban was

A Baltimore commenter said he didn't buy the economic argument, explaining that when he was a kid, children could simply raid their parents' closets for clothing and use their imaginations to make them into Halloween costumes. 

He also said creating a Halloween costume could be an exercise in creativity for kids; a Chicago mom agreed, saying she had heard of a school which asked kids to dress like characters from children's books, in order to reinforce the idea of reading.

Michael Lande, a parent in D69, said it was tough to tell his kids about the ban. He also said he'd be willing to donate costumes his family has collected over the years to others to minimize the costs involved.

Niles-Morton Grove Patch Editor Pam DeFiglio also participated in the discussion.

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Mr. Rats October 27, 2012 at 02:00 PM
Heaven forbid we let kids be creative or to think independently. If we did that the liberal agenda would be seriously harmed. An agenda to create zombies for a new world order in which American culture, history and independence has no place. As I've said it before canceling the one day is no big deal. With the production of these new young zombies, it's Halloween everyday the rest of the year.
Mr. Rats October 27, 2012 at 02:04 PM
It's not "Dr." Quintin's fault though, he is simply a product of the same educational industrial complex of the previous crop of zombies that are running the show now.
Lorel Park October 29, 2012 at 07:43 PM
Editor: Is this really appropriate content? The pictures Rats has posted - really? He was shut down for a reason and you will continue to allow his content? Shame. It’s just perpetuating the issue.
Mr. Rats October 29, 2012 at 10:12 PM
Shut down? I don't think so. I took it down to launch a much more sophisticated attack. Stay tuned and Happy Halloween!
Anderson October 31, 2012 at 04:31 PM
Rats has a LOT of time on his hands. It's kind of sad, really.


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