Schools fear offending witches, ban Halloween
Oct. 21, 2004: A Seattle-area school district banned Halloween activities partly because the celebrations and costumes might be offensive to real witches.
“Witches with pointy noses and things like that are not respective symbols of the Wiccan religion, and so we want to be respectful of that,” said Puyallup School District spokeswoman Karen Hansen.
Students brought home a letter to their parents stating there’d be no observance of Halloween in the entire school district.
Hansen explained the district superintendent made the decision for three primary reasons. Along with the concern about hurting Wiccans, the parties are regarded as a waste of valuable classroom time, and some families can’t afford costumes.
“We really want to make sure we’re using all of our time in the best interest of our students,” she said.
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