Halloween has been officially cancelled at the Mitchell Elementary School in Needham, MA. Every year children at the school enjoy Halloween themed classroom parties and a school parade. However this is all about to change. Due to an occasional student that chooses to not participate or finds Halloween offensive, acknowledging the fun-filled children’s holiday is now banned.
Principal Greg Bayse said the school is cancelling its traditional Halloween celebrations for the purpose of “reducing exclusion among students”. According to the Principal, the staff claims, “ending the practice would promote inclusivity”. He goes on to say that banning Halloween “…is a positive change that will benefit our students and our community.”
We have also heard reports of other schools that have decided to follow suit. Do you remember enjoying Halloween when you were in school? Do your children enjoy Halloween? Should Halloween be banned in school for everyone to accommodate an occasional child that opts to not participate or has the world gone insane?