In Milford, Connecticut, parents are hopping mad over a letter they received from a local elementary school principal. The letter announced that this year, all Halloween costume parades at all Milford elementary schools will be canceled, and student and faculty alike will be banned from wearing costumes to school on Halloween. That's right—Halloween has been outlawed in Milford. It's like Footloose for scares. Booloose.
Here's the letter parents received:
Thank you for attending parent/teacher conferences this week. It is so important that we connect and share the educational experience with your children together.
This year the Milford School District has decided the following:
Halloween parades will not take place in any Milford elementary schools. This decision arose out of numerous incidents of children being excluded from activities due to religion, cultural beliefs, etc. School-day activities must be inclusive. Halloween costumes are not permitted for students or staff during the day at school. Our PTA will be sponsoring a Trunk or Treat night where children may wear costumes and will have appropriate activities for all grade levels. Any type of classroom activity will be decided by the teacher and must to be Fall themed, not Halloween. and food is not an option. Please look for more information from the PTA regarding the Trunk or Treat night.
This decision, which was made by the district, went over very poorly with Milford parents, who look forward to dressing their children up in costumes they don't understand and marching them along in the parade every year. A petition has even been started to restore the Halloween festivities, but with such short notice, it seems unlikely.
Perhaps there is some wisdom in banning a holiday from a public school if some children can't participate for religious reasons. But if so, why add insult to injury by replacing it with something so cringeworthy as "Trunk or Treat night?" Most kids would rather actually become a ghost than take part in anything as dumb-sounding as that. Actually, most kids would probably love being a ghost anyway. But that's beside the point.