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    School bans Halloween

    Halloween costumes have been banned at an elementary school and the debate continues between parents and the administration. (Photo by John Moore/Getty Images)

    SEATTLE (CBS SEATTLE) A Seattle school has banned students from celebrating a new holiday this year: Halloween.

    Seattle Elementary School Bans Halloween Costumes CBS Seattle

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    I couldn't believe my eyes when I read the latter article myself. Banning free education? Why on earth...
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    There's an update on that link: Minnesota backed down.

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    Banning Halloween is so 90s.

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    our elementary school does not do Halloween dress up for kids.
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    My school district also does not allow the students to dress up. The science teacher gets to dress up like a mad scientist, though. So unfair.
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    Our son's school allows dress up every day of the year. First, the kids of all ages have open access to the school's costumes as well as having open access to the place where they learn to make costumes and clothing, as well as all of the play silks where they can simply create infinite creative costumes (this is for DS's age group).

    If a child wants to wear a costume every day, s/he can. It's considered expressive and important to who they are. Sometimes, though, costumes might inhibit play -- particularly since the school sends children outside rain or shine for at least 2 hrs a day (in different ways, too, such as recess, of course, but then they also have outdoor learning time with gardening and similar), so they have rain gear and a change of clothes with them every day. So, it could mean that the costume gets very wet/dirty. But, hey, it's allowed.

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    The Christian schools in my area haven't allowed any sort of Halloween celebration for as long as I can remember. Other schools have moved away from it as well, but I think it was the nightmare of policing appropriate vs inappropriate costumes that did it in.
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    Quote Originally Posted by zoebird View Post
    Crazy hippy schools.
    More like crazy happy schools. I love the idea that the kids just get to be who the want to be - everyday. And two hours outdoors everyday is way cool. We should do that here seeing as we're not teaching the kids a freakin' thing indoors anyway. At least they'd end up with healthy bodies. Our public schools have been sad sad places for decades.

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