Is Political Correctness Destroying Halloween?

Friday, October 30, 2009


America, please! I know we live in a scary world of H1N1 swine flu, al Qaeda, and Sarah Palin, but has the stranglehold of political correctness reached the point where children can’t dress up as vampires and movie characters on Halloween anymore?

According to a piece in the New York Times, in a school districts across America, students are being encouraged to dress up as historical characters or food items but not vampires or zombies. In Texas, a school has issued suggestions for “positive costumes” for the annual Halloween dance. At Riverside Drive, a Los Angeles public school in the San Fernando Valley, the Halloween parade is being defanged right down to its jagged fingertips.

Explained Addys Gonzalez, the office assistant at theWalt Disney Elementary School in Burbank, CA:

“Children are not allowed to bring any weapons or masks to the costume parade, no swords, and they can wear moderate face makeup — nothing extreme.”

One school even went so far as to issue a costume appropriateness memo sent home to parents making the following points:

· They should not depict gangs or horror characters, or be scary
· Masks are allowed only during the parade
· Costumes may not demean any race, religion, nationality, handicapped condition or gender
· No fake fingernails
· No weapons, even fake ones
· Shoes must be worn

So, just to be clear, this is a politically correct Halloween costume.


However, these are not.


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22 Responses to Is Political Correctness Destroying Halloween?

  1. Aunt Peg says:

    My kids used to dress up as monsters and ghosts.

    I guess in today’s world, they would be sent home with a terse note or suspended for terrorism? I simply don’t understand some of the mindset of people today.

  2. Aunt Peg,

    I remember the Richard Nixon masks.

    So many kids wore them to school and to class and guess what? We were not any worse off for it.

    The tradition of vampires and witches on Halloween goes back for more than a century. Halloween was never about dressing up as a corn flakes box.

  3. bradfrmphnx says:

    WTF?? I thought Halloween was supposed to be scarey.

  4. Rachel says:

    I’m glad I don’t have kids. If I did I would be battling the school every week. These dolts are too thick to see the irony. A hot dog is filler meat, with lots of salt and chemicals added. Terrible for your health. But a vampire is a fictional character. It isn’t real and therefore, can’t hurt you.

  5. Tao says:

    Well, I would be so out of sync nowadays…

    I was always the tallest in my class so for Halloween I was always Frankenstein’s monster…

    I got so good at it I even got a summer job once in a haunted house….and I was Frankenstein’s monster…

    Nothing brought me greater joy than to sneak up behind someone, have them turnaround and then look up….and then scream their heads off…

    If we can destroy a country I guess we might as well destroy a holiday tradition too!

  6. Bill Hussein O'Reilly says:

    I once dressed as Charles Manson and went trick-or-treating in my neighborhood.

    My dumb-ass neighbors kept asking me if I was Davey Crockett.

  7. Pechanga says:

    No more haunted houses either.

    We had a huge one open every Halloween for more than 20 years. But alas, now the Mall closes at 5PM and security guards man the entrances and all the little darlings are free to run around collecting candy under the bright glare of florescent lights.

  8. Brigadoon says:

    This is why Halloween belongs to the gays. Straight people don’t get it and they try to ruin everything with their stupid agenda. I think we should rename Halloween as Homoween and be done with it.

  9. Homoween!

    FOFLMAO! Brigadoon, that’s a hoot. Can someone with photo shop skills make a banner?

  10. Walk on Socks says:

    Homoween will undoubtedly annoy or anger some contingent of the community.

    Herein lies the problem with political correctness: it’s a sham because no matter what you say or how you say it, someone isn’t going to approve and they will try to shut you down.

    You can’t win.

  11. Ryan Nation says:

    I totally agree with you, Socks. It seems like nowadays everyone is so paranoid and riled up politically that we’re just waiting to point the finger at someone, no matter how trivial. Halloween is all about having fun, lets not let a few unhappy people ruin it.

  12. We got the school form letter saying that if the kids wanted to dress up, here’s the list of no-no costumes. Of course, if someone showed up dressed like Kissinger, they wouldn’t bat an eye.

  13. lea-lea says:

    My nephew got sent home from school a few years ago for wearing a Dracula costume.

    I thought it was unique to Catholic elementary school but apparently, the entire country is out of their minds nowadays when children are involved.

  14. Harry says:

    Straight people won’t allow their kid to dress up as Jason but they let them watch Saw III. Very logical.

  15. Robert Rouse says:

    Christopher, my favorite part of that was, “They should not depict gangs or horror characters, or be scary.”

    OR NOT SCARY?????

    Are you fucking kidding me???

    It’s fucking Halloween, not the Macy’s Thanksgiving Parade!

  16. bradfrmphnx says:

    “Straight people don’t get it and they try to ruin everything with their stupid agenda.”

    “Straight people won’t allow their kid to dress up as Jason but they let them watch Saw III.”

    Which strait people are we stereotyping here? Because I try not to stereotype or discriminate against gays, I’m a little surprised that you are doing what you ask others not to do. Not ALL strait people fall into your categories Brigadoon and Harry. Some of us agree with you. In fact I would say most of us. The strait people you are talking about are the ones who tote bibles and think Harry Potter is evil. Those christian right assholes are a minority among strait people, probably even among christians.

    Anyway…homoween was funny as hell. lmao

  17. imissamerica says:

    As long as Scary Barry doesn’t get to inundate America’s schoolchildren with Liberal lies about how hard work and determination lead to success, the kiddies can wear whatever non-offensive hot dog costume their little hearts desire.

  18. mbmdl says:

    I’m a healthcare professional with two daughters. If my girls want to dress-up as Maryann from True Blood or the Wicked Witch of the West, I would help them make their Halloween costume and apply their makeup. The notion of stifling their creativity in order to satisfy some social studies experiment in child development doesn’t wash with me.

  19. jimmy says:

    It’s these damn bible thumpers that get on school boards and try to enforce their world view through unreasonable school policies like ‘zero tolerance’.

  20. Rock says:

    This is sad. The conservative parts of our country are hijacking our right to have fun on All Hollow’s Eve.

    I’m straight but I’m down with Homoween.

  21. Fran says:

    This no weapons or fake weapons thing has been happening for like a decade…. we actually mocked it….

    My son had a costume that called for a sword— so we typed up a index card sized sign that said


    Although they did allow scary…..

    One kid had a baffling costume….

    a giant Cheerios box on his torso, with a grim reaper headpiece & scythe……

    What are you supposed to be, I asked…..????

    Cereal Killer!

  22. What?!?! People are crazy! This is Hall-o-ween, people! I hope everyone at that school brings weapons and the school officials will be baffled because they can’t expel them all!

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