Elementary Schools Are Cancelling Halloween Celebrations Because It’s Not Inclusive

Some schools in the northern suburbs of Chicago have decided to "move away" from Halloween celebrations as part of an effort to get more involved.

Evanston / Skokie School District 65 wrote in a message to parents:


“While we recognize that Halloween is a fun tradition for many, it is not a holiday that is celebrated by everyone for various reasons and we want to honor that,” the message reads. “We are also aware of the range of inequities that are embedded in Halloween celebrations that take place as part of the school day and the unintended negative impact that it can have on students, families, and staff. As a result, we support our schools that are moving away from Halloween celebrations that include costumes and similar traditions.”  

“We are confident those who are choosing to move away from the traditional Halloween celebrations will find new and engaging ways to build community within their schools,” the statement read.

Lincoln Elementary School is one of the schools that has decided to end school traditions throughout the school day. No party will be held Oct. 31 in Lincoln during the school day. Also, students do not wear costumes or receive sweets. Instead of a Halloween party, students will have a "fall celebration" on November 1st.

This move upset many parents.

Nejra Bajrić, whose son attends Lincoln, told the Tribune that her second
grader is devastated.

“There were some tears,” Bajric said. “Every time I bring it up, he says, ‘That’s the worst; I’m just going to wear mine.’”

“They’re trying so hard to make everything inclusive that they’re excluding a lot of students,” she added. “They’re excluding those kids from having a Halloween, or low-income kids whose families work crazy hours.”
 

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