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An unexpected alliance is working to take down Halloween.

First, there was the War on Christmas. Then came the War on Thanksgiving.

Now, the stage is set for a spooky new holiday battle: Halloween. 

Notably, the clash is marked by an unlikely alliance between religious activists and progressive parents who are both determined to end Halloween celebrations – although for different reasons. 

Welcome to the War on Halloween.

Time to Cancel Halloween?

The state of Pennsylvania is home to some of history’s most hallowed battle sites. And Montgomery County appears to be continuing that tradition.

The Lower Merion School District in Montgomery County, Pennsylvania recently announced that its annual school Halloween parade – a tradition that goes back at least 50 years – is over.

Parents received letters in the mail on October 7th informing them that the parades at all six of the district’s elementary schools are canceled due to concerns that the parade is simply not inclusive enough.

"First, there are concerns for the safety and security of students parading outside among a crowd of unscreened adults on our field," explained the director of school and community relations.

"Another [reason for canceling the parade] is the lack of inclusivity of students whose families do not celebrate Halloween for religious or cultural reasons."

Parents Fume

Parents, many of whom experienced the very same parade when they were kids, did not take kindly to the news.

"I feel like it's just crossing the line, and where does it end?” pondered Linda Joseph, a parent in the school district. “So, next people are going to be offended by pumpkins? So we're going to take away pumpkins or jack-o-lanterns or pumpkin carving?"

"Will they be canceling recess? School sports - soccer, baseball, lacrosse, etc. What about kids who don't make those teams?" asked Linda Fox, another local parent. "Are they no longer inclusive?”

A Growing Movement

The incident mirrors similar incidents of schools canceling or suspending Halloween celebrations out of concern that they leave some students feeling excluded and risk spreading cultural appropriation, among other things.

Last year, a Seattle elementary school canceled its own Halloween parade after parents and administrators decided it wasn’t inclusive enough.

"Historically, the Pumpkin Parade marginalizes students of color who do not celebrate the holiday,” explained a Seattle Public Schools spokeswoman at the time. "In alliance with SPS’s unwavering commitment to students of color, specifically African American males, the staff is committed to supplanting the Pumpkin Parade with more inclusive and educational opportunities during the school day." 

Citing a lack of actual complaints about Halloween, critics have argued that canceling the celebrations for fear of causing offense is a good example of administrators looking for solutions to a problem that doesn’t really exist.

But interestingly, this new breed of Halloween critic has a very unlikely ally in the fight to cancel Halloween: conservative Christians.

Trick or Treat

Certain faith leaders have long condemned Halloween as a celebration of the occult and a distraction from Jesus' teachings.

But this year has brought renewed fears from some parents who argue that Halloween is an unholy Pagan celebration that might claim your child’s very soul

“Please ask yourself if not only your mind but your children’s minds are strong enough to ward off the hypnotization and bewitching trance that will be coming through the screen to aid in the desensitization of the coming evil in this world,” warned concerned mother Jamie Gooch in a Facebook post that went viral earlier this month. “Don’t fall victim to the schemes of hell.”

The movie entrancing children into a Satanic lifestyle? The new Disney Plus release ‘Hocus Pocus 2’.

A Texas mom's warning about the new Disney film "Hocus Pocus 2" has some parents rethinking their Halloween viewing...

Posted by Universal Life Church Ministries on Friday, October 7, 2022

At first glance, one might mistake this theory for the plot of a B-level horror movie. A sinister force corrupting children through the warming glow of the television?

But the threat is real, insists Gooch – and many of her fellow believers are echoing the warning. 

What Comes Next for Halloween?

The holiday remains beloved by children (and adults) everywhere, but these rumblings of reform leave the future of spooky season in doubt.

Wiccan and pagan groups have long criticized the way that Halloween has been commercialized and divorced from its true history

And now we have religious conservatives and progressive activists aligning against the holiday? Two groups that rarely agree on anything, and yet here they are, agreeing that Halloween oughta make like a witch’s spell and disappear. 

Regardless of the reasoning, the calls to change – or cancel – Halloween appear to be growing louder. 

Should that worry Halloween enthusiasts? Where do you stand on the matter?

78 comments

  1. Katelynne Shouse's Avatar Katelynne Shouse

    NOPE!!! Halloween Forever and screw anyone who feels otherwise.......

  1. Matthew Mastrogiovanni's Avatar Matthew Mastrogiovanni

    First, let's ban the bible. The largest work of: genocide, infanticide, incest and human sacrifice ... in the world.

    1. Candace Sue Singleton's Avatar Candace Sue Singleton

      Everything that David Owen Buck stated is absolutely true. The world is not fair. Not everyone wins, there are always losers. If you want something you WORK for it, nothing is handed to you. All this inclusive stuff is getting out of hand. Not all the children should get trophies for just BEING THERE. They must learn how the world really works. This is also why these younger generations are growing up and whining about EVERYTHING, because they have been taught that they should always get rewarded for just existing. What is the point of competition if there are no winners or losers?

      This is SO ridiculous!! Inclusivity doesn't not apply to all things. If one family wants to celebrate Halloween and their neighbors do not, those neighbors DO NOT have the right to tell the other family they can't celebrate it. If you do not want to celebrate a holiday, then don't. BUT, do not place YOUR beliefs on others, we don't want it, we don't need it, GO AWAY!

      As for Halloween? Do Christians even KNOW what Halloween/Samhain means? NO, they don't. The tradition is that on Halloween the veil between the dead and the living is at it's thinnest and the dead will walk among the living for the night. They wore costumes to keep the dead from bothering them and set extra plates at the table for their own loved departed. The Devil (which is ONLY a Christian construct) is not even part of the holiday.

      Christianity is the ONLY religion that does it's level best to shove their beliefs down everyone's throat, choking us. Do you EVER see any other religion doing that? NO. Christians...STOP IT! We don't bother you, so don't bother us. That is one reason that I left that establishment religion. They are hypocrites and believe in the most outrageous things and it's only getting worse. The country was based on FREEDOM OF RELIGION, freedom to choose how you want to worship.

      The woke parents and the Christians have WAY too much time on their hands if they are worrying and making a big stink over a beloved holiday traditions. You want kids to be kids and enjoy their youth, but y'all keep trying to take away the things they enjoy.

      1. JaZe's Avatar JaZe

        Honi soit qui mal y pense?

        Chacun a son gout?

        🧙‍♀️🧙‍♂️🧙‍♀️🧙‍♂️🧙‍♀️🧙‍♂️

      2. William Edward Giers's Avatar William Edward Giers

        So, what about Islam? Anyone who is not Muslim can be cheated, lied to, made a slave, and killed etc.

        I know of no other religion that sanctions cutting off the heads of non-believers. AND before someone posts that Islam is a peaceful religion and the killers are an aberration, there has been no major outcry from Imans or religious leaders against terrorist acts, murder, beheadings, flying planes into buildings, etc. Silence is condoning.

    2. Daniel Joseph Morse's Avatar Daniel Joseph Morse

      Fine, ban the bible, I think it's the work of stupid, corrupt old men anyway - like a Bronze Age "Facebook". The only purpose I can find for religion is "control" of the peasants/populace. Are people so gutless they'd rather "believe" than say "I don't know." "Believing" and letting others interpret your "belief" just allows them control over you. No way.

      Wanna ban Halloween, go for it. I sure don't care. It started as a Catholic thing "All Hallow's Eve" sort of a catch-all for blessings of saints, as if you can get a blessing from a dead person. Or a dead person can be a "saint". All junk --unless you "believe". Now a keg of "old-beer" to celebrate the end of harvest time with friends, that would be good. But saints and devils and "scary" crap is all just that.

      Maybe Hallow's Eve was a pagan harvest thing before the Catholics grabbed it. Just like Christmas was a pagan holiday for the solstice before Byzantine Emperor Constantine I designated the first christmas. It was set a couple days off solstice for marketing reasons to get the old-pagans caught up in it. Connie lived from AD272 - AD337 and was the first Christian Roman Emperor. Christmas has nothing to do with fictional presentations of the birth of the fictional christ.

      Christos and islamics are at least equally dumb. Where would an islamic find 72 virgins?

    3. Candace Sue Singleton's Avatar Candace Sue Singleton

      Brilliant!!! And it was written by man.

  1. Shango MasterExorcist, D.D.'s Avatar Shango MasterExorcist, D.D.

    Christians will never succeed in cancelling Pagan celebrations like Halloween, as Pagan celebrations are based upon nature, like the world turning around and the seasons which will continue to exist at least as long as there are humans.

  1. Colleen McAllister's Avatar Colleen McAllister

    No day celebrated is all-inclusive. Christmas does not include those of other faiths. (Though Santa Claus allows a secular celebration). Easter does not include other faiths. (Easter Bunny for the non-religious). New Year is different for many people. The list would actually go on for pages.

    What makes a holiday good or bad is the way you mark its passage. There never has been a war in Christmas, or Easter, or any other day. There have always been those who want to rile things up or attract attention. Best thing is to ignore them.

    By the way I watched Hocus Pocus 2. Nothing satanic there.

    1. Richard Darwin Richards's Avatar Richard Darwin Richards

      Jesus includes ALL sinners which means ALL of us humans. All Jesus holidays are ALL inclusive.

  1. Chris's Avatar Chris

    If they're banning Halloween because not everyone celebrates it, then they definitely need to ban Christmas. Although this sounds less like "woke parents" and more like someone is trying too hard to satisfy everyone.

  1. Barbara Harris's Avatar Barbara Harris

    As a Pagan and a witch, Halloween/Samhain have always been my favorite holiday. And what isn't inclusive about it? If you don't want to wear a costume - don't. Leave your outside light off if you don't want trick or treaters.

    And as to casting spells through the TV - well if I could I would have left my computer on and tied into it remotely so when I got back from vacation my house would have been spotless and the mess the cats made would have been cleaned up.

    Oh well. Since all of this nonsense started a few years back I have experienced a backlash from people who were supposed to be close friends. They now are disgusted by people who identify as Pagan. So this goes hand in hand with their nonsense.

  1. Cindy L Edgar's Avatar Cindy L Edgar

    Halloween is called all hollow Eve and it is a pagan holiday I know because I'm an actual real pagan witch I look forward to this time of year every year so it means the Christians are trying to pull their crop again and make it only one religion and one religion only not ever happening

    1. David Cox's Avatar David Cox

      Thats why the world id full of hate because of people like you. God loves you and you think you are smarter than our creator..thats sad. Stop believing the devils lies and turn to the only God.

      1. Cindy L Edgar's Avatar Cindy L Edgar

        You're funny there was only one God that would be a thing but there's not there's goddesses and gods and Christianity was made by the Roman empire so do your history

        1. Amber Fry's Avatar Amber Fry

          History and religious comparison. Too many people get stuck in what they know and refuse to understand anything else. It's a shame really... sucks the love right out of whatever religion they do practice.

      2. Candace Sue Singleton's Avatar Candace Sue Singleton

        The Devil/Satan is a Christian concept. Pagans do not believe in that.

      3. Michele Mae Bigler-Then's Avatar Michele Mae Bigler-Then

        Mr. Cox sir, Which god would that be? Even Christian religions argue on which Christian god and religion is the "right" one. Wars have been fought between Christians on this. MANY many killed for their belief in what was deemed the wrong Christian religions by other christians. And how do you deal with being a Christian (and I'm only guessing here due to your condemning tone) when Christ was Jewish? I see no hate in the poster's comment. All Hallow's Eve, Samhain, has been around longer than Christianity. And if you're in the US there is freedom of religion. It means you are free to practice YOUR religion, but it doesn't include you forcing other people to practice it with you. It also includes freedom FROM religion.

  1. Rev. MichaelRS's Avatar Rev. MichaelRS

    For centuries not everybody has always been included of every aspect of a society's life. Not everybody HAS to be.

    Seems to me if you are parents with children that do not celebrate halloween, for whatever reason, the fact that your kids may not be included should make no difference. In fact it should be a good thing from your point of view.

    If you're not letting your Little darlings run around and have fun with the other kids on Halloween night dressing up and collecting candy, when your children know that they are being left out of that activity with their friends because of your family's belief system, why should it matter if they're left out of the activity through school?

    Lastly I wonder if they ever canceled a Martin Luther King Jr Day Parade because it wasn't inclusive enough? Did anybody ever care they were not enough white people or Asians participating in the festivities?

    1. James C Riggle's Avatar James C Riggle

      Personally, I don't know what they're talking about people of color being excluded. When I was a kid (and that was long ago), all the kids participated and it didn't matter what color skin they had. I have no idea where this crap comes from.

      Those kids not allowed to participate can just act terrible to their parents who won't let them. LOL! Serves the parents right.

      1. Amber Fry's Avatar Amber Fry

        Depends on where you actually grew up. The majority of the country was pretty segregated for a long while. Some areas never quite got over that and to this day there are large enough portions of this country that still are to some degree. Yes, a large part of it does come from the parents. But it also comes from not having real consequences when it does go on.

  1. Magistar Mormaer MacLean's Avatar Magistar Mormaer MacLean

    "Another [reason for canceling the parade] is the lack of inclusivity of students whose families do not celebrate Halloween for religious or cultural reasons."

    Just ridiculous, there are more pressing concerns to be putting one’s energy into.

    And as a Pagan I will continue to observe Samhain, not only as part of my right to belief and practice but as a cultural marking of the year, something that has been done for many hundreds of years here in the Isles.

    1. Cindy L Edgar's Avatar Cindy L Edgar

      I agree 💯% with you

  1. Rev. Dr. Father JJ's Avatar Rev. Dr. Father JJ

    Yup, and this is when we come for the souls of your children....sheesh the nonsense people believe in. why is halloween scary but some dude nailed to a tree, killed, buried in a cave and rises up from the dead a couple of days later is not scary? I mean for Dog's sake we're talking about a zombie god that people worship (and eat and drink of).

    And let's be honest, halloween is no more about Satan than xmas is about chrismas or easter is about rabbits laying eggs the zombie dude leaving the cave and predicting 6 more weeks of winter. It's all made up nonsense to amuse or scare children

    1. Lyle Roy Gleason's Avatar Lyle Roy Gleason

      This is, hands down, the funniest reply I've ever seen about Christianity, and is (sadly,) so very true. 'Christians' the world over have to remember that theirs is a completely manufactured religion, and at the Council of Liscea, Christ's elevation to 'Messiah' level had to be voted on, (and the result was far from unanimous!') Any TRUE messiah should not need to be voted in, or Hitler, Stalin, Putin, and Trump could have all run for that office! GROW UP, WORLD!!!

      The Rev. L. Roy Gleason

  1. Colleen McAllister's Avatar Colleen McAllister

    No day celebrated is all-inclusive. Christmas does not include those of other faiths. (Though Santa Claus allows a secular celebration). Easter does not include other faiths. (Easter Bunny for the non-religious). New Year is different for many people. The list would actually go on for pages.

    What makes a holiday good or bad is the way you mark its passage. There never has been a war in Christmas, or Easter, or any other day. There have always been those who want to rile things up or attract attention. Best thing is to ignore them.

    By the way I watched Hocus Pocus 2. Nothing satanic there.

  1. Ealdormon Piparskeggr Robinson's Avatar Ealdormon Piparskeggr Robinson

    I just shake my head and wonder why people cannot just let kids be kids and have a childhood uncluttered by adult concerns and foibles.

    1. Rev Nolan's Avatar Rev Nolan

      While I agree, we can and ought to do so without supporting or promoting terrorism.

      1. Rev. Dr. Father JJ's Avatar Rev. Dr. Father JJ

        celebrating halloween is supporting or promoting terrorism? how so?

        1. Rev Nolan's Avatar Rev Nolan

          Have you no idea what All Hallows’ Eve is, or All Saints Eve? Read my post above that begins with “I’m a very open minded person.”

          1. Tracy Morley's Avatar Tracy Morley

            Im sorry, but how dare you? Maybe you have no idea what All Hallows Eve is about. Please, have some thought about the words that you type to people you do not know. I will forgive your ignorance as I belive your Son of God did, but please do not propogate it as truth. Bessed Be.

            1. Rev Nolan's Avatar Rev Nolan

              I dare say the truth. All Hallows Eve celebrates and supports terrorism. I cannot apologize for stating historical fact.

          2. Rev. B's Avatar Rev. B

            That is hands-down the funniest unintentionally ironic statement I have ever seen. Thank you for the belly laugh.

  1. Thomas Edwin Peterson's Avatar Thomas Edwin Peterson

    Imo let those who don't enjoy a little scare invent their own holiday to cover Halloween like they did Christ-mas. let those who like Halloween alone. It's not a big deal. Live life and enjoy. It's not necessary to be all inclusive to all people. Life and it's opportunities is not all inclusive. If it were retirees on SS would have a reasonable amount of money to live on.

  1. Rev. Howard Slayton's Avatar Rev. Howard Slayton

    People need to lighten up on kids having innocent fun. Halloween has been a tradition ever since I can remember. Chill out!

    And what is this brand new word you hear every where? Woke? Woke this and woke that. Where does society come up with these words? Do they send them out from the White House? When Trump was in office, the magic word was Recuse. I have to recuse my self from this case.

  1. David Owen Buck's Avatar David Owen Buck

    In every period of history there seems to be some 'ism' that sweeps the world. Communism after WWI, then fascism which caused WWII, then communism again post war. Now we have 'wokeism' which as far as I am concerned is every bit as dangerous as fascism. My take on 'inclusiveness' is simple - if there is a celebration of some sort be it Halloween, or Christmas or Ramadan - if it fits in with your belief system or you just feel (like joining in) you participate; if it doesn't you don't. It is never too early for kids to learn that the world does not revolve around them, life is not fair and that they don';t always get what they want. I loathe the people who push these new 'isms' on the rest of us. Time to tell them to take a long walk off a short pier. I am not averse to giving them a push, either.

    Do not even get me started on anybody who thinks that simply cutting a couple of eyeholes in a sheet and pretending to be a ghost while you solicit candy, will imperil your mortal soul. I would venture to say that it takes much more than that.

  1. Richard Darwin Richards's Avatar Richard Darwin Richards

    Well, hallooween is Satan's holiday,,,

    1. Nathaniel Robert Hunt's Avatar Nathaniel Robert Hunt

      Its a Pagan holiday and predates "Satan"

      1. David Cox's Avatar David Cox

        Thats what you think

    2. Cindy L Edgar's Avatar Cindy L Edgar

      No Halloween is not celebrating Satan it's actually All hallows Eve which is a pagan belief which is celebrated by pagans across the world a lot of holidays that the Christian stole were pagan celebration I know because I am a pagan high priestess ordained minister

    3. Joe Stutler's Avatar Joe Stutler

      Satan is mythological, so........

    4. Retta K Mallady's Avatar Retta K Mallady

      Sorry, I mistakenly gave you the 'thumb's up'. Halloween has nothing to do with your Satan. Satan is a Christian invention, not pagan. If I don't believe in your God, I'm not going to believe in your Satan... because they go together...right?! Also, in reading these comments, there is a certain David Cox who seems to be set on being particularly insulting and intolerable. Someone needs an attitude adjustment. It may be that karma keeps knocking at his door and he doesn't even know why. What you put out to folks comes back to you threefold!

      1. Richard Darwin Richards's Avatar Richard Darwin Richards

        The Bible actually states that what you do in life comes back to you SEVEN fold so be careful with that one!

    5. A James Baird's Avatar A James Baird

      Actually, it's a truncated word from "All Hallows' Eve." Since November 1st is "All Saints' Day," Halloween is the Christian night of reflection preceding the observance of the day dedicated to all of the Christian saints. Just as Christmas Eve is the night of refection preceding the day dedicated to the main Christian symbol. So, no, not Satanic in any way.

      Yes, I know that it was stollen from the Pagan ritual of Samhain, I'm just answering the Christian view of the night.

      Peace all! Acceptance is good for the soul!

      1. Richard Darwin Richards's Avatar Richard Darwin Richards

        So how did Satan overtake the Christian Holiday? I guess the same way he overtook Christmas with consumerism.

    6. Tracy Morley's Avatar Tracy Morley

      Satan, was he in the first novel or the sequel?

      1. Rev. B's Avatar Rev. B

        He was retconned into the first chapter. He played "the serpent".

    7. Michele Mae Bigler-Then's Avatar Michele Mae Bigler-Then

      Satan is something Christians made up. Pagans have no Satan. Satan = Santa same letters 😆 Christians please quit trying to co-opt Pagan holidays, or vilafy the holidays you can't.

  1. Dr. Zerpersande's Avatar Dr. Zerpersande

    Stupid is as….well, apparently as Xtians and the Unwoke Woke do.

  1. Douglas Robert Spindler's Avatar Douglas Robert Spindler

    Halloween is THE number #3 holiday in the US. What kid does NOT like Halloween? Everyone know is as a fun holiday which has NOTHING to do with religion.... Until now. Young people are looking at Christian religious activists as being dope/stupid/idiots and people who just don't want to allow kids to have any fun.

    THE real reason Christian religious activists will never put an end to Halloween is that it makes way too much money for retailers. Capitalisms always wins out over religion.

  1. Robert Gagnon's Avatar Robert Gagnon

    Mexico is very Catholic but celebrate the day of the dead. It is an honoring of dead relatives. In appearance it is more Satanic than Halloween. And man do they have a blast with it. Just because some families don't recognize Halloween does not mean that their kids should not be aware of it. If they are not allowed to participate that, it is the option (fault) of the parents that they are being excluded. Everyone else should not suffer because of the ignorance of parents. Have your parade and those who are excluded just miss out. Oh well

  1. Colleen McAllister's Avatar Colleen McAllister

    No day celebrated is all-inclusive. Christmas does not include those of other faiths. (Though Santa Claus allows a secular celebration). Easter does not include other faiths. (Easter Bunny for the non-religious). New Year is different for many people. The list would actually go on for pages.

    What makes a holiday good or bad is the way you mark its passage. There never has been a war in Christmas, or Easter, or any other day. There have always been those who want to rile things up or attract attention. Best thing is to ignore them.

    By the way I watched Hocus Pocus 2. Nothing satanic there.

  1. Rev. Dr. Father JJ's Avatar Rev. Dr. Father JJ

    americans will spend around $10 Billion for halloween (candy, costumes for people and pets, decorations etc) $10 Billion so yeah, it is definitely an underserved holiday reserved only for the holiest of holies

  1. William Dusenberry's Avatar William Dusenberry

    Halloween caused the Roman Catholic Church to change the name of the Holy Ghost from the Holy Ghost to the Holy Spirit — even though the other two parts of the Trinity objected to this name-change

    Mel Gibson made a fortune due to this name change, by making the myth-based movie “The Passion of the Christ” (or, close to it).

    Without ghosts, Holy or not, there would be no transubstantiation, and without transubstantiation, there would be no Holy Ghost (ergo, no Halloween).

    The candy business makes more money due to Halloween — but not as much as the dentists do for the decades afterward.

    The most popular Halloween costume, worldwide, is the Holy Ghost, who fathered Jesus for whom Christianity got its name.

  1. shiningwolf9's Avatar shiningwolf9

    The United States if made up of the many different peoples of the world, whom have brought with them many traditions, beliefs, and celebration; some of which have been acclimated by people other than those from whom these traditions have come. For a government to blanket any tradition, celebration, holy day, etc..., to halt the same on the basis of those who may not hold them as sacred, or celebratable has no authority with which to implement a whole eradication of a peoples, or societies ability to express worship, joy, or a communities way of gathering to bring others together. When such an annihilation to an established tradition. which gives a community the ability to break down barriers and creates a moment in time of camaraderie, laughter, and peace, is allowed. there can be a break down in the organizational capability inherently useful in producing long lasting effects of humanities possibilities of cohesiveness in building a world where all people can feel safe, and heard.

  1. Kathryn Darcy Smith's Avatar Kathryn Darcy Smith

    Christian fear mongering regarding hell and pagan deities is brainwashing of millennia of oppressing outlying cultures to build their male-dominated money collecting temples. Long live Samhain!

  1. Danny Ray Henderson's Avatar Danny Ray Henderson

    The Cancel Culture Group itself needs to be cancelled instead before it really gets even more out of control.

  1. Rev Nolan's Avatar Rev Nolan

    I’m a very open minded person. I don’t mind celebrating the mass of the Christ on a pagan holiday, but I enjoy family get-togethers brought about by the festive beliefs in the birth of Jesus, even though I don’t believe in The Atonement of Jesus Christ. I don’t mind celebrating the pagan holiday of Ishtar in the name of the resurrection of Jesus Christ and the American and Canadian Thanksgivings because of how these bring family values back into homes and to locations of family celebrations. Just because a holiday is pagan or transpires on a pagan holiday or is in honor of a celebrity doesn’t make it bad. However, All Saints Eve or Halloween is quite different than any Christian or other holiday of the year.

    The Saints of All Saints Eve and Day are Christian Crusader terrorists turned martyrs in the name of Jesus. Something like well over 10 million Muslims - civilian men, women, and children - along with non-conforming Christians and non-converting Jews and LGBT+ 🏳️‍🌈 individuals - were brutally murdered - massacred - and defended themselves against these Christian terrorists who are now dubbed Saints on Halloween. It horrifyingly lsticks in the minds of the descendants of survivors to this day. Halloween for good reason is a day of bitter mourning for those who know the facts about this sacred celebration, but it is also a day of extremely cruel ignorance on part of those who celebrate it. If you witnessed your own son or daughter, brother, sister, or parent get shredded alive because you refused to embrace the powerful UgaBuga Cult, would you join in the national celebration of your child’s brutal murder by UgaBuga Cult members through tricks or treats, in masks and costumes of ghosts, goblins, demons, and psychotic serial killers, and so on? Well, if you said yes, celebrate in good conscience, but if you said no, honor the true martyrs of the many faiths and lifestyles involved by chastising those who uphold the Christian serial killers of the Christian Crusades. You or someone you know and love may be next. It may even be you. Halloween is not a time to celebrate for anyone of sound mind.

    1. Candace Sue Singleton's Avatar Candace Sue Singleton

      Samhain has been around FAR LONGER then the genocidal antics of Christians slaughtering in the name of God.

      There was no slaughter, terrorism, or anything else like them, during Samhain/Halloween. Don't stick Christian tactics on our Holidays.

      1. Rev Nolan's Avatar Rev Nolan

        I support all Pagan holidays, even though I’m not a pagan.

  1. Reverend Kurt's Avatar Reverend Kurt

    Halloween being an American event, is not so much celebrated elsewhere. Disregarding the meaning and marketing behind Halloween,, do you really want generations of kids poisoned by the chemical compounds in the "treats". Colouring,humicants, presertives, hydrolysed vegetable protein(trans fatty acids), flavouring compounds? All these compounds contribute to cancer, heart disease, stroke auto immune conditions like arthritis and irritable bowel syndrome just to name a few examples. Can there not be a healthier way to celebrate Halloween???

    1. Tracy Morley's Avatar Tracy Morley

      Sorry, its not American, its Celtic, and has nothing to do with "junk sweets".

    2. Tracy Morley's Avatar Tracy Morley

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  1. Rev. Deborah L. Halstead's Avatar Rev. Deborah L. Halstead

    I get schools being concerned about inclusivity, however, rather than banning celebrations they feel are not inclusive enough, they should seek to add celebrations that focus more specifically on the groups they feel are being left out and consider it educational diversity!

  1. Heidi Gould's Avatar Heidi Gould

    At first I thought, why cancel as opposed to working to make Halloween celebrations more inclusive/accessible but then I considered those being "left out" due to religious beliefs. Then I realized the holidays celebrated in school are mostly christian based or have horrible history...Yeah, Halloween is the one most obvious not christian but to be more inclusive and celebrate freedom of religion, to celebrate all religious or otherwise holidays, when would the kids learn anything?? They'd have the whole year off or be studying nothing but holidays! The whole curriculum could be National Day of... So yeah, I vote all holiday celebrations AT School be canceled. Families could call in the excuse for days absent due to familial religious celebrations. Days off can be strictly seasonal, when kids need a break, and the increasing number of snow days or days off due to inclement weather!

  1. Heidi Gould's Avatar Heidi Gould

    I am a big supporter of the "Separation of Church and State" public school ought be a secular institution also like going to work...yeah offices may have the annual Office Christmas Party but after hours! There are many other venues to learn about various religions and celebrations of their holidays but keep it out of school.. How many of us have complained about the basic adulting skills they are not teaching in schools any more!! Many have stopped teaching cursive writing!!

  1. Amber Fry's Avatar Amber Fry

    Trouble is that there was never really a war on the holidays in the first place. It's a misplaced focus. It was more about controlling everyone else. It was about one group deciding what it should be for everyone and claiming foul when everyone else decided that isn't what they wanted for themselves. All most people want is to be able to decide for themselves and to to be left to do their own thing. Now if that original group took that as a snub, that's on that group. Nobody ever told them they cannot practice their way, just extend the same cutesy to others of different faiths.

  1. Tracy Morley's Avatar Tracy Morley

    Totally agree. I am a pagan that follows a wiccan and a druid path. Ancient religions founded in love, tradition, nature and energy. Our main "rule"? Do no harm. How that can be seen as evil is beyond me. What I also do not do is try to force my beliefs on to others.

    Halloween is an age old tradition to honour our ancesters, during a time of balance at the autumn equinox. A time to reflect and give thanks for the year past and to start afresh for the coming year.

    If anyone can see bad in that, I pity you and I wish you strength and the sight of clarity. But hey, you do you, and I'll do me.

    Blessed Be to all.

    1. William Edward Giers's Avatar William Edward Giers

      Historically, if you cannot really gather a solid crowd to follow you, you must create a "common enemy". Real or not, this has been the most effective tactic. The international website "NextDoor" has banned all reference to "religion" and there are members that quickly and strongly report. I posted my grace before the meal at Thanksgiving and was banned for 9 days. I mentioned the commercialization of Christmas last year and was banned for 30 days. And was called many nasty names. Personally, I believe to allow people to do what they want as long as I am not forced to do it. Sadly, it seems things are heading to a climax of some sort.

  1. Julie Lehmkuhl's Avatar Julie Lehmkuhl

    Just another bunch of counterculture elitists trying to force their views on everyone else. I’m sick of letting cry babies run and ruin just plain fun fantasies.

  1. Rev_Shaun's Avatar Rev_Shaun

    "First, there are concerns for the safety and security of students parading outside among a crowd of unscreened adults on our field," explained the director of school and community relations"

    What a TOTAL plonker, as we say here in the UK! The professional perverts of the child abuse industry have really gotten to him. Kids are surrounded by 'unscreened adults' everywhere they go. Every time they go to the shops with their parents, to the swimming baths, to watch a sports event. Utter twit! should not be working with children!

    Actually, there is a far better reason to 'cancel' Halloween - it is just plain DUMB!

    It is a totally plastic, completely made up, utterly bogus 'festival' that exists for no other reason than to make money for big business. Here in the UK, when I was young, Halloween was unheard of. It simply did not exist. What DID exist was Guy Fawkes Night, when we celebrated the attempt by one set of Christians to blow up another set of Christians while they were in our Houses of Parliament.

    We used to 'celebrate' this failed attempt at terrorism by stuffing an old pair of trousers and a shirt with newspaper and sticking a balloon on its head with a paper machier face mask on. This, we would then dump outside a pub or a busy bus stopped and shout 'penny for the guy' in the hope that people would give us money. They mostly did, but we would have to dodge the cops quite a lot as this form of begging was illegal and they would confiscate our guy and our money (which they would spend on drink). At the end of the night, we'd share the spoils and go and buy sweets - or as you lot call them 'candies'. Then, on the night of the 5th November, we kids would assemble in someone's garden, or find some big open space where 100's of people including countless number of 'unscreened adults' would get together and build the mother of all fires, over which we would cook potatoes in foil while watching fireworks go off and playing with sparklers, which could seriously burn you! I dont ever recall any kid ever getting burned by one.

    So, back to this STUPID and utterly DUMB Halloween thing. Now my ministry is based on reason, logic and evidence. So, what 'evidence' do we have to the existence of 'ghosts', 'ghouls' and people rising from the dead and all other things this plastic event 'celebrates'.

    Errrr - that will be a big fat ZERO then! So, why are we filling kids head with this dire nonsense? What is the message that parents are giving to kids when the waste all their money on this environment damaging Chinese made TRASH?

    In 35 years as teacher and a youth worker, I totally ignored it. When it came round on a night we were meeting, I always made sure we had some really postive and fun activities to do that made the kids totally forget it.

    Honestly, I do wish we would stop lying to kids about this - it is just plain dumb and utter drivel. I mean, what next, telling them their Christmas presents are being delivered to them in a reindeer powered sky taxi driven by a white bearded man in a Coca Cola coloured outfit! Oh, wait!

  1. Takaya Kovani Sweeney's Avatar Takaya Kovani Sweeney

    It seems that we are swiftly approaching another inquisition era.

    The sane quiet majority had better start fighting back.

    1. Daniel Joseph Morse's Avatar Daniel Joseph Morse

      Christian Nationalism is pretty scary to me. I don't like any pattern that requires "belief" in anything I can't physically sense or measure. If I have MY personal goodwill, I'm complete.

  1. Darlene Cunningham's Avatar Darlene Cunningham

    Exactly why I will never go to church or believe in the Bible

  1. Ryan Simpson's Avatar Ryan Simpson

    I do not support the banning of any tradition that you as an individual can control whether you want to participate in with your own free will we as a people have the right to decide for our selfs if you are one leading the pack to ban traditional activities just don’t go to them no one will miss you who chose to attend everyone should focus on there own values and not force them on others remember god gave us free will is it at your discretion forcing others to follow is as satanic as it gets

  1. Ronald Jay Schultz's Avatar Ronald Jay Schultz

    Nope, ain't gonna happen woke lovers! You will unleash an "insurrection" in the true sense of the word, like you've never seen before! Lighten up and stop killing everyone's buzz, man! 🎃👻🤡👺💀🤖👽🎃

  1. William Edward Giers's Avatar William Edward Giers

    As the premise is to eliminate events that are not 100% inclusive, why not ban circumcision? Or as some refer to it as male genital mutilation.

  1. William Edward Giers's Avatar William Edward Giers

    To be factual, the Muslims were killing Christian pilgrims to the Middle East by the thousands for years BEFORE the response that has been called the Crusades. All terrible wrong but needs to be reported accurately. Much like the need to report the horrors the Japanese perpetrated on Korea, China, and later on Allied troops in WW ll. Read the rape of Nanking, "comfort girls", and the horrible torture committed on Allied troops. Japan was only weeks away from their own A-Bomb and knowing how difficult it was to make did not believe the US had more than one. When trying to speak to history, tell the truth. Even if it is not supportive of your point.

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