Saturday, October 30, 2004

P.C. Alert

School Afraid Of Offending Real Witches Cancels Halloween

And I thought it was ridiculous when the City of Toronto (my favourite whipping boy) tried to rename its Christmas Tree as a Holiday Tree.

I'm not a big fan of Halloween. I don't like the idea of children out in the streets begging strangers for candy; I don't like to walk into my local Walmart and be confronted with big black spiders which freak me out in the split second it takes before I realize they're fake.
I don't like the images of horror and death.

Halloween flies in the face of common sense, of what a celebration should be. Thanksgiving, National Days, Labour Day, various religious celebrations all have obvious positive raisons d'etre.
Even the dreaded Valentine's Day has its heart in the right place.
(pun intended, of course!)

But to a child, Halloween is a chance to dress in costume, to go out after dark, to ring door bells and be greeted (ideally) with approval and... CANDY!
All more or less unacceptable behaviours the rest of the year.

Like it or not, it's part of North American culture. I can even consider an argument that it's a good thing in that it encourages us to confront our fears, laugh at them and make fun of them.
Even to rehearse, in a safe environment, our reaction to real danger.

In any case, citing a fear of offending real witches along with a couple of other lame excuses for cancelling the holiday in that Washington State school system gives me a reason to wonder just how toxic are the fumes from Mt. St. Helens, anyway...