A California school is cancelling Halloween festivities. A quick search to attach a link brought up several similar stories across the country. Administrators are finally deciding to end the biggest academic time waster – observing Halloween at school. I say good for them!
So many parents are up in arms over this decision. Petitions are being circulated via every social media source imaginable. Save Halloween! Countless alligator tears have been shed at many a town council over this decision. “When my child heard that Halloween was cancelled he/she was crushed. He/she cried his/her self to sleep.”
Oh please. It’s not like the government shut down the holiday. They have their own shutdown going on. All heartbroken children may still dress up and collect candy at night. As well as at countless other parties throughout the month. What family uses the school festivities as the only Halloween observance? Who are we kidding here?
This year may be difficult for some families what with having to send their children to school to learn and all. I suggest that these irate parents plan a carnival for next year. Pull out all the stops and throw the biggest and best Halloween party the school has ever seen.
Do it after school or on a weekend. That way people who are interested may go while those who couldn’t care less about costumes and candy can stay home. Who knows? Maybe Halloween haters will show up for the carnival games without feeling obligated to dress up. It’s a win win all the way around. Not to mention the fact that kids can see all their classmates dressed up! See? No need for a parade.
I think if Halloween were to continue to be celebrated at schools they should at least turn it into a learning experience.
That little lesson covers a lot of life lessons. The teachers could then spin off into a lesson on how the government has completely shut down all because they have spent more money than they had for so many years we are now up to a deficit in the trillions. Try budgeting that kind of math, kids!
What can we learn from this? All actions have consequences. While dressing up and begging for food is a great premise for a holiday, it really has no place in school. Dress up and get candy on your own time!
The Piquant Storyteller