The kids brought home two notes from school regarding parties. One is a Math Trick or Treat Halloween Party being held at school on the evening of 10-29 – after school. The other is a fall party being held during school on 10-31, which just happens to be Halloween. For the fall party each child is required to bring a snack but parents were cautioned that
each item must be individually wrapped, no cup cakes are allowed and the word Halloween or anything related to Halloween must not be on the treats.
When we went to parent teacher conferences I inquired about these parties and I was told that there are some students who do not participate in Halloween activities. Specifically, these students are
Jehovah Witnesses. If a Halloween party was held during the day the students would have to leave the room therefore the school decided to do a Fall Party during the day on Halloween and a different party in the evening for Halloween so these students would not feel like they were missing out.
First and foremost I have no issues with people or children of different religions. There are many Catholics who also do not celebrate Halloween as it’s considered a Pagan event. But Halloween in the US is a big deal, especially to kids. Most who do participate in Halloween are not
really worshipping or embracing evil, they are just having a good time dressing up in costumes and getting some candy. And it’s not just kids, my husband even has a Halloween party at his workplace complete with prizes for the best costume and pot-luck lunch with plenty of Halloween goodies.
Jehovah’s Witnesses don’t appreciate it when you knock on their door on the evening of 10-31 looking for candy because they don’t have any for you. But at the very least they can leave their outside light off, that’s a sign to Trick or Treater’s that no one is home. It’s too bad that we
don’t have some kind of warning when they are coming to knock our doors. They can strike anytime, and don’t seem to give a shit about our religions when they are preaching theirs on our door step. So we should respect their religion and not celebrate certain things in their presence and not knock on their doors on Halloween night. But we need to also remember that it’s okay for them to knock on our doors at any time and try to sell us on their religion?!
Is it okay to celebrate Halloween at school or work? What about Christmas, Valentine’s Day & St. Patrick’s Day? Aside from
costumes what’s the difference between a fall party with snacks and drinks and a Halloween party with snacks and drinks? And what’s the difference between a Christmas party and a holiday or winter party? My kids are allowed to take cake or snacks to school on their Birthday’s but Jehovah Witnesses do not celebrate birthdays so should this too be discouraged?
I once worked with a person who was a Jehovah’s Witness and had a very heated discussion with her regarding holiday pay. I felt that she (and all Jehovah’s Witnesses & people that don’t celebrate holidays) should have Christmas and all holidays be regular work days and that
they should not get holiday pay or double time for working on a holiday but rather get other paid days off during the year. Why should they get holidays off if it’s meaningless to them?
What if a new religion started and the people didn’t believe in celebrating season’s or holidays, then what would we do? There would be no spring, summer, winter or fall parties and no holiday parties either. There would be no way for us to disguise our holiday parties. Because after all that’s really what’s happening.
Where does the line get drawn? Who gets to draw the line? What happened to majority rules? Maybe the parents at each school
should get the opportunity to vote on which things will be celebrated, when they will be celebrated and how they will be celebrated.
But in the mean time I need to figure out what to buy for the fall party that happens on Halloween. Because you can't even make or bake things for school parties anymore. But that's another blog.