Massachusetts School Cancels Annual Halloween Parade; Calls it Black and Orange Spirit Day Instead


We live in strange times, and only time itself will tell if any changes made during them will be for better or for worse. Case in point: Boyden Elementary School in Walpole, Massachusetts, which has ditched the name “Halloween” in favor of a new moniker.

CBS Boston reports that the school will not be having its annual Halloween costume parade this year.

I think it’s a lot of political correctness,” a Walpole woman said. “I think it’s a shame because Halloween is the funnest day of the year next to Christmas for children.”

In a message to parents the school principal says, “…the costume parade is out of our ordinary routine and can be difficult for many students. Also, the parade is not inclusive of all the students, and it is our goal each and every day to ensure all students’ individual differences are respected.

On Friday the school will have a Halloween party after school hours, but the school says Halloween itself will be “Black and Orange Spirit Day.

Parents WBZ-TV spoke with are not happy about the decision to cancel the parade.

We have grandkids going to Boyden School. Wonderful school,” a grandmother of a student said. “The Halloween party should happen on Friday cause all the kids are excited.

Put a costume on. Parade down the street. Let them have their little time,” a Walpole man said. “Why do you have to turn it into something political?

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