Thursday, October 21, 2004

News Flash: Halloween Offensive to Witches, Gets Cancelled

Oh the joys of living in the liberal Pacific Northwest. After attending college at "Berkeley North" Humboldt State University, you'd think I would be used to this sort of thing. Yet everytime it happens I have to sit back for a second and wonder, "when did America lose its sense of humor and fun." We HAVE to laugh with/at ourselves. At some point someone is going to realize we have taken this too far. Don't we?

PUYALLUP - "Let them have their 30-minutes of dressing goofy and having candy," said Silas Macon on the grounds of Puyallup's Maplewood Elementary School Wednesday afternoon.
He'd just learned the grade school tradition of a party and parade in costume during the last half-hour of class before Halloween night won't happen this year in the Puyallup School District for his two daughters.
The superintendent has cancelled all Halloween activities.
A letter sent home to parents Wednesday states there will be no observance of Halloween in the entire school district.
Hansen says the superintendent made the decision for three primary reasons. First, Halloween parties and parades waste valuable classroom time. In addition some families can't afford costumes.
It's the third reason some Puyallup parents are struggling with.
The district says Halloween celebrations and children dressed in Halloween costumes might be offensive to real witches.

"Witches with pointy noses and things like that are not respective symbols of the Wiccan religion and so we want to be respectful of that," said Hansen.
The Wiccan, or Pagan, religion is growing in the U.S. and there are Wiccan groups in Puyallup.