Seattle Elementary School Bans Halloween

Released October 19, CBS Seattlereported that Lafayette Elementary School, in Seattle, has decided to not allow students to dress up in costume for Halloween this year.

Crazy, right? It gets better:

The decisions was first reported by the district (Seattle Public Schools) as being a preventative measure in the event that Halloween costumes could offend and upset students who come from other cultures,says CBS Seattle.

Sorry kids, your costumes are too offensive.

Many parents are still confused as to why the decision was made, though. Are Christmas hats going to be banned come December? Are people going to be offended by the five-finger hand drawings of turkeys made by children and the less artistically inclined during Thanksgiving, because it depicts a practice enjoyed by one culture and possibly not all cultures?

Shauna Heath, principal of the elementary school, sent out an email to all major media outlets. Here’s an excerpt:

This decision was made by the entire staff after two deep and detailed discussions. The initial conversation was initiated by staff members who suggested that since Halloween falls this year on a half day of school, we not allow costumes. It takes students a while to change into their costumes, and students are distracted taking away from their already limited instructional time.

Upon hearing the news, fourth-grader Leilani Nitkey said, I was just really sad and I had to fight back years.

According to KIRO 9 Eyewitness News, the school has announced a Harvest Party¬Ě that will replace the Halloween celebrations. Not quite as exciting, to say the least, but I guess it’s better than nothing.

This one may actually offend those trying to forget about Episodes 1-3.

Some parents say that although Halloween has its roots as a religious observance, it’s now a secular holiday that shouldn’t be considered offensive, says CBS Seattle.

Parent Hart Rusen said, It seems like another one of those things where kids are no longer allowed to be kids.

4 thoughts on “Seattle Elementary School Bans Halloween

  1. Oliwer

    last time i looked halloween was about scaring people, eat candy and have fun… but not anymore, you don’t scare people so easily without blood and gore and sins its hard to be creepy anymore its nothing scary with halloween anymore and secondly what’s most offensive? to be offensive to few people who care abaut there own reputation or remove a whole holiday decuse some people care abaut what people think abaut there country?

  2. Elaine

    OMG!!! I am so glad I grew up when I did! No one was offended, we had a wonderful time dressing up and enjoying Halloween, a fun holiday, without having to feel like we were offending anyone. I respect other cultures as I work with people from Africa, China, Jamaica and Haiti…but I am American and feel I should be able to freely enjoy a holiday I have been enjoying for many years in this country.

  3. Laurie

    This is just completely & utterly ridiculous. I remember looking forward to this “rite of passage” when I was in elementary school. Getting to see what your friends/classmates would dress up as. I was always excited to go shopping for that special costume (the one made by Cooper that came with a mask & costume). To call this “offensive” is absurd. Parents are smart enough to know how to dress their child. There are more important issues that we should be concerned with.

    What’s next?!?!?!?!? Outlawing the mall Santas & Easter Bunnies?

  4. Whitney

    Just wanna remind people that Halloween IS a religious holiday and dressing up IS part of the tradition. I feel it’s extremely unfair to take away someone’s holiday but tell the kids that celebrate Christmas that they’re okay. Very irate.

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