Anyone who knows me knows that I’m not what you might call a “politically correct” person. Not that I go out of my way to offend people, I just think this hypersensitivity to damn near everything that’s engulfing our country is getting out of control.
A perfect example of this is a story I ran across going on in Pennsylvania. Apparently a local elementary school sent out a notice saying that all Halloween activities would be banned from the district. They’ve now clarified that the activities will be banned “during school hours” and it will be up to individual schools whether they hold any activities outside of school hours.
This decision is in response to the view by some that Halloween has “religious” implications. Seriously? I mean really?
First, it’s always annoyed me when I’ve met these parents who keep their kids from anything to do with Halloween. You know what Halloween is to a kid? It’s a time to dress up as something “spooky” or fun and get a ton of candy.
It’s not some slap in the face to any religion, some demonic ritual or tied to any other meaning than costumes and candy.
Some are arguing that parties and parades have been canceled to keep the focus on the classroom and such events should be done before or after class. Because taking an hour to have some fun in school is really going to negatively impact our educational rankings, right?
This is the kind of stuff that drives me insane. It’s Halloween — who cares. Let kids have fun, let them party, let them dress up—let them be kids! Pretty much anybody and everybody my age or older remembers dressing up for Halloween and having Halloween parties at school. I’ve yet to speak to or read about anybody who was “emotionally scarred” from those.
But anyone who denies their kids the right to have fun at Halloween, claiming that it’s some “religious holiday,” needs to have their head checked. Especially if they go so far as to complain about school events which celebrate the American cultural tradition of millions of people dressing up in costumes on October 31 every year.
Now I get if you want to shield your children from some of the aspects of Halloween that might be a little unsavory such as horror movies, the darker side of what some claim the day represents or situations along those lines. But for kids, Halloween is just about costumes, parties and candy.
Let these kids have fun. Let them be kids.
This politically correct nonsense from some is trying desperately to suck all the fun out of life. It seems people in today’s America can’t celebrate a holiday, make a joke or open their mouths without offending someone. I understand the evolution of sensitivity toward specific events, words or situations to a more developed sense of understanding and acceptance—but some of this stuff is just getting ridiculous.
On many levels, being “PC” has gotten completely out of control, and this is a perfect example of exactly that.