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Thursday, October 25, 2012
SCHOOLS CANCELLING HALLOWEEN PARTIES OVER 'CULTURAL DIFFERENCES'
Schools across the country have announced they are cancelling Halloween activities this year. These decisions are being made by administrators, often with little or no input from parents. Administrators claim they want to focus on academics but also note "religious and cultural" issues are at play in the decision to downplay Halloween.
A school superintendent in Skokie, Illinois just north of Chicago recently announced that District 69 schools will not be celebrating Halloween this year. A letter sent to parents last month mentioned the need to focus on academics but also explained the decision as the result of economic, religious, and cultural concerns. "Many students cannot afford costumes and there is an economic disparity... We also have students that are unable to participate for religious or cultural reasons."