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Banning Halloween

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The Puyallup School District in Washington has banned Halloween this year.

A spokesman for the District stated:[1]

"Witches with pointy noses and things like that are not respective symbols of the Wiccan religion and so we want to be respectful of that."

School District guidelines state:

"Use of derogatory stereotypes is prohibited, such as the traditional image of a witch, which is offensive to members of the Wiccan religion."

Some area Wicca practitioners actually complained, which brought about the ban.

I would suggest to any Wiccan who is offended by little children dressed up as Halloween witches,[2] "Cast a sense of humour spell[3] upon yourself."

I understand that Wiccans want their religion to be taken seriously. But this? It just presents them as a bad joke.

And kids - if you want to dress up as stereotypical apathetic agnostics for Halloween, this year or any year - you will get no complaints from me.


  1. As reported on www.komotv.com
  2. It is not the little ones who dress as ghosts, ghouls, goblins or witches who frighten me, it's the ones disguised as politicians.
  3. Of course I don't expect such a spell to actually work; but it might have a placebo effect. (And I fully expect complaints that a reference to Wiccans casting spells is another derogatory stereotype.)