Boys and girls of every age, would you like to hear something strange? Halloween celebrations have been banned in the Milford School District in Connecticut, due to fear of excluding children who can’t or won’t participate in the traditions for differences in “religious or cultural beliefs.” Jack Skellington would definitely not approve.
In addition to banishing Halloween parades, the principal at Live Oaks School, an elementary school in the district has decreed that any classroom activities will be “fall themed, not Halloween, and food is not an option.” Children can’t dress up in costumes. That means trick or treating is a no-no, and spooky snacks like these would not be allowed in this school district.
“I think it’s crazy,” Victoria Johannsen, mother of a third-grader at Live Oaks School, told CT Post, a local newspaper. “I don’t understand why other avenues weren’t pursued” to accommodate the families who felt excluded.
She and more than 200 other outraged parents have started a petition on Change.org to bring back the Halloween celebrations.
“These are our American customs and traditions and we should not have to give them up because others find them offensive!” the petition reads. “I’m so tired of my kids missing out on some of the things we all got to do as children and are some of the greatest childhood memories I have due to others saying they find it offensive.”
If all else fails, perhaps the families of Milford could make a trip to some of the best towns in America for trick or treating.