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Published: Friday, Oct. 18 2013 12:20 p.m. MDT

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Clarissa
Layton, UT

I agree with the classroom time and not having a costume parade, but my students only get two parties a year at school. I hardly think this harmful to classroom learning. They only go for about an hour or less. I guess we could have an Arbor Day party, but consider the fact that Druids worshipped trees. Glad I don't teach there.

Lagomorph
Salt Lake City, UT

Whatever pagan undertones once existed have largely been co-opted by capitalism. Halloween is now a marketers holiday. The Druids have apparently disappeared along with the apostrophe in the "e'en" that we were taught as youths. How many home-made costumes, unlicensed characters, or home-made treats will be present at the school festivities? Probably not many. Store-bought all around. The Disney and Marvel folks will reap the royalties. Children are being trained to be willing consumers.

When I was a kid decades ago, we would have the usual cardboard and crepe paper room decorations and maybe do an art project, but that was it. No costumes or candy at school. The costume parades seem to me to be an unnecessary diversion from the educational mission. I agree with the Post columnist. Ditch the costume parties, not because they are religious, but because they are not educational.

As to the parents who object to the inherent paganism of Halloween, perhaps they should examine their Christmas traditions. Evergreen trees, mistletoe, the winter solstice date, an elf delivering presents, Yule logs, reindeer, Jingle Bells-- it's hard to find a Christian basis for many of the customs we hold dear.

Phranc
SALT LAKE CITY, UT

seriously? Tell me this thread would not be in the hundreds of post. most outraged and claiming religious discrimination, if they canceled Christmas or thanksgiving programs or parties.

Aggielove
Cache county, USA

Lame. The PC patrol at its finest.

sg
newhall, CA

If I had a child attending that school, I would take them out of the school (all public schools) and consider home schooling or another alternative. The public school system and the liberal/progressive teachers' union and government involvement has destroyed the system and has created nothing less than a brain washing machine. Our youth have been dummied down...mission accomplished.

The Scientist
Provo, UT

Good move.

Anything with religious undertones or overtones is "scary".

Kings Court
Alpine, UT

sg, around here most homeschooling is a joke. Try going to Costco and look at all the kids running around when they should be hitting the books.

Larry Chandler
CEDAR CITY, UT

It may have had religious origins, but it's not religion-based now. Let kids be kids. And let adults be idiots. But on their own time. Don't deprive kids of a bit of fun.

On the other hand
Riverdale, MD

I definitely liked Halloween as a kid, but as an adult I dislike it on many levels. It tends to bring out the worst in many people. Trick-or-treating sends all the wrong messages to kids, encouraging them to be greedy, selfish, and intemperate. Dressing up can be fun, but some Halloween costumes are too "dark" or otherwise inappropriate. In many jurisdictions, crime spikes on Halloween. This holiday may be good for business, but otherwise I don't see how it helps our society.

I'm not under any delusions that Halloween is going away anytime soon, and I'll continue to go through the Halloween motions because it's part of our culture (and I was a sugared-up, costumed little kid once), but if more schools and other institutions decided to take steps to make less of Halloween, I wouldn't mind at all.

VickieB
SLC, UT

I remember the same controversy when I was a kid. UNICEF came to the rescue, just send the kids out to collect money for them.

Druids? How about the Christians? All Hallows' Eve (all Saints day) is a Christian celebration of the day initiating the triduum of Hallowmas, the day dedicated to remembering the dead, including saints (hallows), martyrs, and all the faithful departed believers.

Let the kids have their candy. Don't suck all the life out of them before they become adults.

splitme2
West Jordan, UT

So for Halloween we can say 'just because it's leagal doesn't make it right'. But don't use that same statement for gay marriage . . . mml!

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