• Petitioned Skokie School District 69

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Skokie School District 69

Reinstate the Halloween Celebration at school!

    1. Shaun Saville
    2. Petition by

      Shaun Saville

      Skokie, IL

While respecting different cultures is very important, many of our children look forward to the Costume Parade and parties. It is unfair to the majority of families who do celebrate Halloween to cancel all school festivities with no discussion or input from anyone other than those who don't celebrate it.   The Superintendent has noted that this decision was made because some families can't afford costumes or do not participate for religious or cultural reasons.  If that is the case, why not make it a celebration in which all can participate?  There are other communities as diverse as Skokie and they find a way to respect ALL cultures. This decision appears to have been made unilaterally and it is unjust.

Recent signatures


    1. Reached 250 signatures
    2. Shephard Softening His Stance?

      Shaun Saville
      Petition Organizer

      From comments published in Skokie Patch (http://skokie.patch.com/) it appears Dr. Shephard is open to feedback about his decision. Please email, call or attend the District 69 School Board Meeting on 10/16 at 7:30 to make your voice heard!

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    3. Reached 200 signatures


    Reasons for signing

    • Sharyn Goldman CLIFTON, NJ
      • about 2 years ago

      I am a Pagan, and Samhain (Halloween) is one of the most sacred days in my faith. To favor other religions over the Pagan or Wiccan faiths is un-American.

    • Aaron Carlson LOMBARD, IL
      • about 2 years ago

      I am a High School Senior and I still remember how important Halloween was to me as a child, especially at school with my friends. Heck, it's still fun today! Don't take this opportunity away from our children, but rather find ways to include more families, whether it be by having people donate costumes or hosting a seperate non-Halloween event. Think about it...

    • Tiffani Caudill BLACKEY, KY
      • about 2 years ago

      Honestly, I'm Pagan...and I've done a lot of research on Halloween. Sure, it may of had its starts in 'Pagan' culture...but not all of it came from that. And today, Halloween has evolved almost completely away from its origins (many of which are not religious origins at all.) Halloween as we know it today is a completely secular holiday. Why not let the kids celebrate it? Or heck, use it as a teaching tool to inform them of differing cultures and religions and what they had to do with the day.

    • Monica Swank CHICAGO, IL
      • about 2 years ago

      I think the Superintendent is WRONG to take away Halloween festivities for the children who do participate. Whats next? Having all the children fast at lunchtime, so they arent eating in front of the children who have to do this for religious reasons. Then take away Christmas festivities because not all cultures celebrate Christmas, and so on. Are the other cultures more important than the American cultures we have had here for thousands of years. America has always been diverse, but that is why so many other cultures come here, for the freedom to choose. Its not fair to take that away.

    • K Kramer SKOKIE, IL
      • about 2 years ago

      Halloween is a tradition in the United States of America. There are many ways to have a celebration for the children that could involve all. Many people are willing to donate costumes, so it is not an economic issue. It was a unilaterally made decision that shows poor decision making and judgment.


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