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Sunday, October 31, 2010

The Freedom of Halloween

So who enjoys the Halloween holiday?


Do you use this holiday as an excuse to partaaayyy? or to eat a huge amount of candy?

I just want to comment on today's generation of kids and how it is different from them.

Oct. 31 remains one of the calendar’s most controversial days, and plenty of schools forbid kids from marking it during school time.

Halloween has its roots in Samhaim, an ancient Celtic festival, and later in the Catholic Hallowmas period of All Saints’ Day and All Souls’ Day, and the Roman festival of Feralia.

But for most of the rest of us, Halloween is a secular holiday for dressing up, having fun and eating unreasonable amounts of candy.

That doesn’t stop many schools from refusing to allow Halloween fun.

Some schools say they don’t have time for Halloween frivolity. Others worry that Halloween has religious overtones and families that see negative religious images and messages in Halloween might get offended.

And then there are the schools that get semi-legal and threatening before allowing a kid dressed up as a ghost to walk through the doors: They set down a ton of rules and require parents and students to sign costume contracts.

Here’s a contract that Jeannette Jr. High School in Sterling Heights, Michigan, required its parents and students to sign :


HALLOWEEN COSTUME RULES/GUIDELINES
Parent Agreement Form 2010

1. All students wearing costumes to school MUST read and understand the costume guidelines. In addition, they MUST sign the registration form provided by their FIRST HOUR teacher. They must also have this form signed by their parent and submitted to their first hour teacher by the Wednesday, October 27th deadline. If form is not submitted in a timely manner, then student is NOT allowed to dress up.

2. All costume preparations are to be completed at home. (No dressing or applying of make-up or colored hairspray once students arrive at school).

3. No masks are to be worn during the school day.

4. NO COSTUMES THAT DEPICT VIOLENCE OR VIOLENT CHARACTERS!

5. Costumes that promote the use of illegal substances or activities or are derogatory or disrespectful are NOT allowed.

6. Teachers may take away any accessory that is used improperly or is considered inappropriate for school.


7. School rules regarding the dress code must be followed.

8. Students who have questions about the acceptability of their costume should check with their FIRST HOUR teacher by Wednesday, October 27th.

9. Students wearing inappropriate costumes will be sent to the office to call home for a change of clothes, and/or may result in one or both of the following disciplinary consequences: Saturday school, Suspension.

10. Students who do not submit parent agreement form by the Wednesday, Oct. 27th deadline and still choose to wear a costume will also face disciplinary action as deemed appropriate by administration.

11. Costumes MUST be worn all day.

KEEP IN MIND WE WOULD LIKE TO CONTINUE THIS TRADITION HERE AT JEANNETTE TO DRESS UP FOR HALLOWEEN, AND WE WOULD LIKE TO MAKE THIS A TRADITION FOR THE FUTURE...BE RESPECTFUL AND RESPONSIBLE!!
I have read and discussed with my child the Jeannette Jr. High School Halloween costume rules/guidelines. I understand that if my child violates any of the above rules, he/she will have earned Saturday school and/or suspension as a consequence. I also understand that this form must be signed and returned to my child’s 1st hour teacher, on or before Wednesday, October 27th.
X_________________________________
(print student first and last name)
X_________________________________
(student signature)
X_________________________________
(print parent first and last name)
X__________________________________
(parent signature)
-credit to Valerie Strauss of the washington post-

perhaps we are losing it? Do we really have to be this conservative ALL the time. I say kids these days should man-up and wear shit that goes against this ridiculous set of "rules". It's HALLOWEEN for shit's sake.

What was Halloween like when you were a kid?

48 comments:

  1. there was NO halloween over here when I was young :(
    but for some reason it got a lot of attention in the last few years in Germany

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  2. She must have been spanked as a kid for wearing something if you have to come up with that lol.

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  3. Back in my day at my elementary school they encouraged you to have costumes and they had a big contest at lunch. Born 91.

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  4. great rules, happy halloween btw!

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  5. I just want some candy, I'm not signing all these forms!

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  6. Damn, man... I used to just dress up & go to school, that was that, no contract.

    "11. Costumes MUST be worn all day."

    ...huh?

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  7. When I was a kid it was the same as when you were a kid. Lol. Secular celebration, costumes, candy, school got a little bit involved.

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  8. holy crap thats bullshit. >_< stupid people

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  9. what the fuck are these rules...
    oh well, happy halloween.

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  10. Those are pretty strict rules. Happy Halloween everyone!

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  11. Well according to my younger cousin nothing has changed at my old Jr. High, No permission slips, basically anything but fake guns fly there. The school even holds costume contests for each grade level. Since today is a sunday that means more trick or treating time for the kids!

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  12. dressing up as a california state trooper

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  13. School dress codes are ALWAYS draconian, over-bearing and stupid. This should not shock you.

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  14. Halloween was effing awesome when I was younger. My neighborhood was a blast. I would go with my two best friends (both living a few houses down from me) and we would go through the entire neighborhood and get tons of candy. We'd then go back to my house and play video games while we ate the candy. After a few years though it was like everyone in the neighborhood decided to just call it quits, so it got very boring. So then we'd just skip the trick or treating and just get pizza and play video games.

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  15. <3 The Misfits. wow those rules suck! Happy Halloween :D

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  16. This is Awesome, happy Halloween btw !

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  17. 6. Teachers may take away any accessory that is used improperly or is considered inappropriate for school.

    o0o0o I don't like that one. The whole thing is very open to interpretation. Happy Halloween anyway!

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  18. whats the point anymore after all those rules?

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  19. I hate candies, but I like those girls in little skirts or sexy costumes, I'd like to have casual sex ;_;

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  20. Wow, I thought the rules were alright, but didn't think the parents had to sign it too.

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  21. that permission slip brings back memories

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  22. halloween sucks!

    happy halloween!

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  23. Way to take the fun out of dressing up

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  24. Of course it's an excuse to party.

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  25. i like it..very interesting..:))

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  26. that school is way over-protective...

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  27. Interesting rules, thanks for sharing.

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  28. I don't recall any sort of rules like these when i was a kid.....

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  29. Halloween is not what it used to be. I remember back in the 70's and 80's during my time in elementary/middle school Halloween was basically a day off from school, you had to show up but nothing ever got done.

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  30. We didn't really celebrate Halloween. BUT! We basically had 2 Halloweens. They're pretty old traditions. Basically bunch of our friends would get together, put on costumes, learn some songs/dances or something. Go door to door, ask people questions, telling them proverbs, singing and dancing a bit. And everyone got candy. And this thing happened twice a year. Shit was awesome.

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  31. no party for me
    i dont know a lot of people
    (im currently looking for some friends PM me)

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