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Neighboring School District Bans Halloween

Citing, among other reasons, concerns about the "religious connotations of Halloween," the district has dropped the holiday.

Rather than Halloween, this year Phoenixville Area School District’s elementary school students will celebrate a “fall festival,” The Mercury is reporting.

According to the paper, at Thursday’s school board meeting, superintendent Dr. Alan Fegley explained that the district decided to ditch the holiday for a host of reasons, among them a sensitivity to the diversity of its student body and the “controversy surrounding the religious connotations of Halloween.”

Read the full article on Phoenixville Patch.

Rob October 23, 2012 at 07:26 PM
"religious connotations of Halloween" Seriously ? I wasn't aware halloween had any religious connotation at all. WTF? I am so glad i am not a kid anymore. Way to ruin halloween, which is supposed to be a fun care free time for children. What's next on the agenda, thanksgiving?
Rick Kephart October 24, 2012 at 11:39 AM
Even the name has religious connotations: "All Hallow's Eve", i.e. the day before All Saints' Day on November 1 (a holy day of obligations when all Catholics must attend Mass). And going around getting candy probably has its roots in "soul cakes", an old custom where people used to go around from house to house begging for cakes in exchange for prayers for the souls of their departed loved ones, on All Souls' Day, November 2. But the religious connotations are so obscure, it's hard to believe that people would go to such ridiculous extremes.
marion1 October 24, 2012 at 02:00 PM
Christian schools usually have Harvest Fairs and not Halloween.We have no children in school these days, but thinking of all of the worldwide cultures in our schools, they are trying to be sensitive to all---so someone is bound to be upset no matter what! We never wore Halloween costumes to school (okay it was the 60's!)--back then Halloween was trick or treat or the occasional costume party at home. Halloween's popularity has exploded, look at the money people spend on decorating, etc. And Rob, yes, there are people who think we should not have Christmas as a day off work, because it is a Christian holiday----and many kids do not learn WHO the Pilgrims were thanking for their bounty....cause then someone might say God. Oh No!!!

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