From the National Post:
“TORONTO – Teachers should forego traditional classroom Halloween celebrations because they are disrespectful of Wiccans and may cause some children to feel excluded, says a Toronto District School Board memo sent to principals and teachers this week. “Many recently arrived students in our schools share absolutely none of the background cultural knowledge that is necessary to view ‘trick or treating,’ the commercialization of death, the Christian sexist demonization of pagan religious beliefs, as ‘fun,’ ” says the memo.”
Connoisseurs of such matters will particularly enjoy the reference to the “Christian sexist demonization of pagan religious beliefs.”
The Health Mullahs (waistline witches?) have also got in on the, um, ‘fun’:
“food products that are marketed heavily during the Halloween period” may conflict with dietary habits that children know from home. An alternative to eating sweets in class would be to “write health warnings for all Halloween candies.”
I’m beginning to look back on my school days with unexpected affection.