What the Hell Happened?

Remember when people didn’t get their drawers in a bunch over children wearing Halloween costumes to school?

Gwen started Kindergarten this year. She was confused upon learning that Halloween costumes aren’t allowed. Costumes are for private preschools these days. Didn’t you know?

But why?

When did it become politically incorrect to don a costume and celebrate the ancient pagan holidays? Next thing you know, we’ll be burning little people at the stake for dressing up in Monster High costumes. What’s that you say? Fairy costumes are cool, but just not on October 31st?

Well that sucks.

Sure kid, you can play Halo and watch soft porn, I mean…the Vampire Diaries with Mommy on Thursday nights at 8 p.m. Sex, violence and swearing are A-Okay but that Lightening McQueen costume? I don’t think so.

You might offend someone.

Listen, I know you don’t understand this yet – those ever-changing rules and regulations governing our society – but trust me; we used to line up and parade through the gym when I was in Kindergarten. Parents came and took pictures and candy was handed out. Yes, some of the candy even had peanuts in it. Some of the candy was hard and some probably contained dairy. But look, I’m still breathing. I made it through.

I know, allergies are a serious issue and that’s not really what I’m ranting about here. I was just on a roll.

I’m a skosh sentimental for the days when there weren’t catalogs selling knee pads for newly crawling babies. When parents weren’t compelled to blunt every corner in their home with squishy foam material and we could hop on pogo sticks without protective head-gear. Kids used to hit their heads. Yup. It’s true. We also used Play-Dough… that wasn’t gluten free.

Once upon a time, children were allowed to have a bit of fun at school.

We used to call it the Halloween party. (Cue the evil music.)

I experienced the excitement of hopping onto the morning school bus, not as Kelli, but as the Bionic Woman. Plastic mask in place and condensation building on the inside with each gasping breath, I refused to fall prey to claustrophobia. No, I sucked air through those pin-hole nostrils and remained confident that this year my costume would be the coolest.

I had no peripheral vision in that mask but it didn’t matter. No one was overly worried about me falling down the school bus steps or that I’d experience some sort of fatal latex allergy. Plus, I wasn’t complete moron, so I was okay with a simple, “Be careful!” And guess what? If I fell down and bumped my leg I probably said, “Ouch” and moved on.

There was no way I was going to push that mask up onto my head and reveal my alter-ego until I’d entered the classroom. I relished that day of anonymity. Didn’t we all?

No one fucked with the Incredible Hulk on the playground. The princesses were breathtakingly beautiful. Lady bugs flitted from swing to slide. Hobos and skeletons squeezed in a game of kickball at recess. We came home with construction paper Jack O’ Lanterns and UNICEF cartons.

We were allowed to be kids.


  1. artsynina says:

    Amen, sistah. Our society has become overrun with politically correct sissies.

  2. Came across this posting from last year regarding the same situation…sharing just a bit, starting with the announcement then from the Principal of Buckman Arts Elementary School in Portland, Oregon:

    “For many reasons, the celebration of Halloween at school can lead to student exclusion. There are social, financial and cultural differences among our families that we must respect. The spirit of equity has lead most PPS (Portland Public Schools) schools, including most elementary schools, to deemphasize the celebration of Halloween at school.”

    Bullshit, say I.

    The blog author of this post made excellent points, a smidgeon of which I’m sharing as well:

    “If certain students wore religious head-coverings to school they wouldn’t be sent home. If other students wore black smudges on their foreheads a certain Wednesday of the year they wouldn’t be sent home either. The school system is claiming that this is a non-secular, non-inclusive holiday. Subsequently, Halloween goes the way of Christmas, with Valentine’s Day close behind (oy, the stress of writing all those obnoxiously tiny Valentine’s Day cards – I hate it, but I wouldn’t do away with it when so many people enjoy the ritual).”

    With so much of what we enjoyed as children being impacted by our twisted world today, the freedom to be a child, even in a school environment, seems to be governed by these politically-correct-extremists…just like Nina said.

    I still say….Bullshit!

  3. Good for you Kell! I agree 100% with everything written on this entire page, comments and all!!! These poor kids today suffer through all this P/C bullshit and are losing their rights of childhood cause someones feelings might get hurt, or someone might get left out. Well, then have a pre-halloween mask making day, save all the worry, then every kid can at least have a mask. With all the stuff parents are asked to “donate” to the classrooms each yr. by way of the “supply list” there should be plenty of stuff for the art projects,right??? Jeez….pull up your granny pannies superman and let the kids play! Our little elem.school still does a parade, classroom party and even a fun house night. We are fortunate to have a good PTA, hope it lasts! (even if my kids are older, they like to go to the fun house night or volunteer in the haunted house in the cafeteria)

  4. I completely agree and to piggyback off of Kelly, if there are plenty of supplies, why can’t teachers and parents pitch in to make sure every kid has a costume. We are fortunate enough that the costumes haven’t gone out the door, but I wouldn’t doubt that it’s coming.

    • Boy,Kell, what a hot topic you have got here! April, I agree with your comment, as strange as that may seem. I wasn’t suggesting that the teachers create costumes for the kids, but saying that with the ridiculous amount of stuff the school asks for beyond “normal” school supplies, one would think there would be stuff in the classroom for such things.
      I also agree with you as far as the kids being fortunate that the whole costume idea isn’t thrown out altogether as Kelli 1st implied.
      My daughter is in girl scouts and they had a dance last yr. where they were going to wear party dresses. Well, it was in between holidays and not really a time to go out and buy a new dress (at least not financially- for our family). So I suggested we do a ‘dress swap’. So many of the mothers looked at me like I had 3 heads! Really?!?! Simple…bring in a dress your daughter isn’t wearing and swap it for the night with another kid who might like a “new dress”! WOW…they all looked at me like I was nuts…(which I am, but most of them don’t know that for sure)! haha Anyway, only 2-3 people participated in it, so it flopped.
      How many costumes, party dresses or other one time wear item do each of you have from your child??? I know my kid doesn’t want to be a vampire princess 3 yrs running!


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