- The Washington Times - Wednesday, October 18, 2017

A Massachusetts elementary school is reportedly scrapping its annual Halloween costume parade this year in favor of “Black and Orange” spirit day in an effort to make the Oct. 31 holiday more inclusive for all students.

The principal at Boyden Elementary School in Walpole announced Tuesday that the decision was made after “careful consideration and discussion,” a local ABC affiliate reported.

“The costume parade is out of our ordinary routine and can be difficult for many students,” the principal said in a letter to parents. “Also, the parade is not inclusive of all the students and it is our goal each and every day to ensure all student’s individual differences are respected.”

The school said that instead of a Halloween parade on Oct. 31, students will be encouraged to dress up for “Black and Orange” spirit day.

“As with all our spirit days, students can choose to participate or not,” the letter said.

Parents interviewed by a local CBS affiliate expressed frustration with the decision.

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

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

A Wisconsin elementary school made a similar move last week, informing students and parents that it was canceling the annual Halloween costume parade and replacing it with “Hat Day,” so that children of different religious and economic backgrounds could participate.

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