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Ban Halloween? The Children of the World Need Your Help to Save It! #SaveHalloween

Here we go again. Over the next couple of weeks get ready to see the news stories about how Halloween is getting banned.

By schools. By communities. By parents. Some will want to ban Halloween because they label it as unsafe, others will say it needs to be pushed aside in the name of religious respect.

Then you have the ridiculous editorial that was published in my paper this week where a columnist called for the holiday to be banned because she can’t be bothered and wants “to do away with the whole obnoxious concept.”

“If you Google “ban Halloween,” you come up with a bunch of sites that want to ban it for various religious reasons. That’s not why I’d like to see this holiday go the way of the dodo. Rather, it’s because Halloween is so intrusive,” writes Naomi Lakritz.

“I don’t want to be bothered with it, but the incessantly ringing doorbell and annoying shouts of “trick-or-treat” from children I never see in the neighbourhood the rest of the year and don’t even know, force me to be bothered with it.”

This is all kinds of wrong people. For so many reasons, Halloween is a simple, great treasure.

We can’t ban Halloween, the children of the world need you to help save it! Enough of the bubble wrapping, we need to take this holiday back for our kids.

Please pass the article along with the hashtag #SaveHalloween.

  • Because It’s Not Religious 1 of 18
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    This isn't like "taking the Christ out of Christmas." This is just about a simple celebration of community.

    Halloween is secular. It's a part of our culture on this continent. We don't move to ban Thanksgiving because of vegetarians (okay, some do), but it's still a fantastic feast.

    Yes, Halloween is rooted in ancient Gaelic and Christian beliefs, but all notions of religion have been stripped from the celebration. Do you know anyone who celebrates Hallowmas? Still, Philly area schools have pulled the plug because of a ban on promoting religious beliefs. Ugh. I'm as atheist as the next guy, but this is silly.

    In fact, having these non-denominational holidays actually makes our society more inclusive. Not all of us do Hannukah (although I must admit Thanksgivukuh sounds intriguing this year). Not all of us fast for Ramadan. Not everyone has Christmas. But everyone can have Halloween and it can be a common thread from mosque to church to temple to playground.

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  • Because You’ll Get to Know the Neighbors 2 of 18
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    Whatever you do, DON'T go to the stores. Malls have tried to co-op Halloween as a way to avoid the cold, the wet, and the DANGER. Honestly, if your neighbors and your neighborhood is so terrible, you need to move. If you are too afraid to go door to door with your kids on Halloween, you are not in a good place. So take the kids out, and get to know the faces of the people in your neighborhood!

     

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  • Because Everyone Likes to Be Scared 3 of 18
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    .. and then laugh about being scared. Because it's not really scary.

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  • Because It’s Safe 4 of 18
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    Don't give me the line about pedophiles and people handing out bad candy. Over the past 50+ years there have been zero cases of poison candy reported in the US. Zero.

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  • Because People Are Handing Out Candy 5 of 18
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    It's a genuinely generous season. Go... knock on a few doors and get your share. I once trick-or-treated with a colleague in my mid 30s. No kids. Guess what? People laughed, giggled, joked... and gave us candy!

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  • Because Everyone Is Less Uptight in a Costume 6 of 18
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    It breaks down the barriers, offers something to talk about, and generally loosens people up. Put on a costume and you're more likely to have fun, try it.

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  • Because “Witches Need A Drink” Sounds Better Than “Mama Needs A Drink” 7 of 18
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    I'll have a thermos of Bailey's and coffee on my hip, my neighbor a wee flask with whiskey, and we'll walk with the kids for 45 minutes, sipping and chatting. Drinking in public is sociable. It's okay to cut loose on Halloween... and a costume covers it up ;)

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  • Because Princesses 8 of 18
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    Halloween doesn't have to be all about blood, death, and gore. It can be just another excuse to be a princess.

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  • Because It’s Crafty 9 of 18
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    I'm not a Pinterest perfectionist, but I dig me an easy seasonal theme to get behind and Halloween has it in spades. Any reason to get the kids playing with scissors, glue, and paint is fine by me and with an easy theme to inspire them, they can't help but mine the creative part of their minds and come up with something.

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  • Because Kids on a Sugar Rush 10 of 18
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    Some may say the sugar rush is a bad reason to take kids out, but flip it around... and it can be fun. Just think of all the silly, crazy, wild stories and memories you can create with a little costume, some treats, and a night out as a family.

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  • Because Mama Needs Candy 11 of 18
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    All that poisoned candy stuff is nothing but hocus pocus. Read snopes. Check the urban legends. It just doesn't happen. Prove it to your kids by taking them out. By all means sort through their candy at the end of the night, but pick out your favorites to stash for later. "Oh, honey ... you won't like this one." ;)

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  • Because They Learn How to Follow Rules 12 of 18
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    This is a great time to have safety chats and teach them responsibility. Yes, Halloween has craziness. Kids will get excited, it's dark, there's loud noises and running around. This is a great time to instil in them a sense of rules. Teach them traffic safety. Make sure they're holding hands. Always respect the buddy system. Make sure to stay on sidewalks. If you start them when they're young, they'll get the hang of how to have fun and be safe at the same time.

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  • Because Rules Should Be Broken. Sometimes. 13 of 18
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    364 days a year we can tell our kids to make a healthy choice, for one night (and a few days after) let's get dressed up and eat sweets.

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  • Because Bad Weather Is Better 14 of 18
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    Getting wet, getting cold, getting dirty is a part of being a kid. So go out, no matter the weather.

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  • Because They’ll Learn Responsibility 15 of 18
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    Halloween is a chance to let the kids go out on their own. They'll be with friends, there's dozens of people on the streets. Good people. Neighbors. Halloween is the perfect time to actually loosen the leash a little, not tighten it.

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  • Because It Wears Them Out 16 of 18
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    A night of excitement always makes for an easier bedtime routine and that's fine by me. I know that I've done a great job with my kids when they crash.

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  • Because Nobody Likes a Party Pooper 17 of 18
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    Read that Naomi Lakrtiz piece again. Even she admits to being a wet noodle. "Yes, I'm beginning to sound like I'm part of the demographic that growls, "You kids stay off my lawn!" But it's my age cohort's turn to be curmudgeonly," she adds. It's a terrible attitude to have. Lighten up!

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  • Because It’s Halloween, for Crying Out Loud! 18 of 18
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    So... you comin' or what? 

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