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Trick or treat! Err, which character are you?

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October

Bilde Once upon a time, schools would celebrate Halloween with costume parties, pumpkin carving and candy giveaways, just like kids do at home.

These days, it's not so simple.

Masks are scary. Halloween is paganism. Somehow, it has managed to offend someone.

So just like Christmas and Hanukkah and Kwanzaa, which have become merged into the generic "winter holidays," Halloween has morphed in the schools. Quite frequently, it has become a celebration of books and reading. Chances are, if you haven't gone to a character parade already, you're going to one today. (At least that way kids still get to dress up.)

Maybe if they're lucky, kids will still get some sweets. And perhaps they'll see pumpkins under the guise of teaching about the harvest.

Some educators and kids tell the Herald-Tribune that in many ways they can't see much of a difference. Costumes are costumes, and pumpkins are pumpkins, after all. But what do you think? Have we sanitized the holidays too much?

(Photo from the Herald-Tribune)

[Last modified: Tuesday, May 25, 2010 10:40am]

    

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