Schools Should Ban Halloween -- For the Parents' Sakes

halloween pumpkinWell, it's October, and you know what that means? A rash of Internet headlines about parents who are pretty darn POd that their kids' school has enacted a Halloween ban. It happens every. Darn. Year. A school says "eh, no costumes this year," and the parents grab their pitchforks. 

But I'm coming to you straight from the land of no school-sponsored Halloween parade with a message. Schools without Halloween are awesome with a capital A when you're a parent.


Hear me out. I didn't think so at first. Way back when my daughter went to kindergarten, I was even a little bummed when she told me there was no need to prep her costume for school. I may have yammered on about "back in my day" and "stealing childhood" and all that jazz for awhile.

Father, forgive me, for I did not know what I was talking about.

I didn't know then that I would spend the next three Halloweens (four later this month) doing exactly the same thing I do every other day of the school year. I get the kid up and dressed. I feed her some breakfast, tell her to brush her teeth, put her on a bus, and then my job is done.

Got that?

No driving the kid to school because those big fairy wings won't fit on a school bus. No fighting over whether she can take the sword because, yes, I know it completes the costume, but the school doesn't allow weapons (even toy ones). No driving up to the school to watch the parade and then having to drive her home because (once again) those wings don't fit on the bus.

Oh, but that is not all! The night is even better!

Because when my kid gets home from school, there's no stressing out over the big tear in the princess dress that I now have to fix before we can go trick or treating. There are no princess crowns that have mysteriously gone missing and need to be replaced before the big town parade. AND I don't get a guilt trip for missing a big school event because Mommy had to work.

Doesn't it all sounds ... fabulous?

Because it is. It really is just a wonderful day of no muss, no fuss, no STRESS for this Mom who is already trying to figure out how she's going to get out of work before it's too dark and juggle homework and dance class and still make sure my little witch hits enough homes to fill her sack with treats.

So go ahead, look at school Halloween bans as pure, unadulterated evil ... if you must. I prefer to look at them as a holiday gift to us parents.

Has your school banned a holiday? What did you do about it?


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