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.