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
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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