Springfield School District Decides To Ban Costumes On Halloween

SPRINGFIELD, N.J. (CBSNewYork) — There won’t be any witches, vampires, ghosts or goblins roaming the halls this Halloween in Springfield because the school district has decided to ban costumes.

Harry Eckhart said his daughters are devastated.

“They want to protest it, they’re not going to school on Halloween,” he said. “I support them.”

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The new policy has angered many students — some of whom reportedly turned out at a recent Springfield board meeting to voice their opposition.

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School officials sent letters home to parents saying costumes can’t be worn during school hours because they are disruptive in the classroom.

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“I don’t have any problem with it. I think the principal was correct,” one mother said. “It does take a lot of time out from their learning day and even though it’s unfortunate the children are disappointed, they have Halloween night to celebrate.”

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The Springfield school superintendent is expected to ask teachers to give the kids a little less homework so students have enough time to wear their costumes and trick-or-treat after school, according to a report.

Is the school district taking the fun out of Halloween or do they have a point? Let us know below…

  • Meme Meyagi

    what is done about 7 million mooslime terrorists living in usa?


    This is an outrage! Ur messing up children’s childhood let kids be kids. Childhood goes by very quickly and we don’t wanna ruin it do we? The children Are gonna look back on this years Halloween and say that they didn’t even get to wear their costumes to school and how that was such a big tradition and how they just stop it for no apparent reason! This makes me and many others very frustrated! This is ridiculous! Kids and most teachers are so happy to wear their costumes to school! And they have a lot of fun with it! Halloween has nothing to do with crazy costumes that represent the devil. It’s just a fun holiday to wear costumes for fun! And what’s so wrong with that! Why can’t people wear costumes and do work at the same time! It’s no distraction. Its fun! Thanks bye

    • Homer

      Doh! Rufus..I am sad and so is Marge and Bart especially!
      Barney, Apu and the gang are rallying at Mo’s tavern and we are going to wear costumes DAMN it!
      Stupid Superintendent! Where’s Principal Skinner?
      Homer Simpson!

      • RUFUS

        I know right. It is horrible. It’s such a tradgedy toward the adults and especially the children. I mean cmon have a heart!

  • Mike

    So what is next Springfield? No Easter Bunny for Easter, Santa Claus for Christmas.? Then it would be do not allow fire department personnel to enter the school and educate the kids on fire safety. Perhaps the local first aid squad will be denied to teach kids how to administer first aid/CPR. Then not to allow a returning Springfield kid returning to school after multiple deployments to Afghanistan. All of the above activities would be considered “disruptive” by school personnel. Maybe not to allow 9/11 discussion because they are considered” disruptive.”

    • Uncle Sam

      I totally agree! This Is Exactly what is wrong with this Country right now.

      “The People” (as in…”We the People”) need to Take Back America!

      We will tell them what “We” want in our School….Salute the Flag again Every morning and say…..”I Pledge Allegiance to the Flag of the United States of America! And to the Republic for which It Stands……One Nation, under God, Indivisible with Liberty and Justice For ALL!

  • Kathy

    Doesn’t lessening their homework so they can trick-or-treat interfere with their learning, as well? What a bunch of crap!

  • charlie Brown

    I guess Mr. Superintendent only got rocks on Halloween like Charlie Brown! FYI, Grade A Extra Large Eggs are on Sale next week……hooooohaaaaaaaaaaaa!

  • ???

    This is not a civil rights matter. This is just another attempt to systematically sanitize our society of traditions we have followed for generations create a culture of cookie cutter children. Halloween is a day of fun enjoyed by children AND adults! To say that the educational system will be negatively impacted because the children will not be focused in school is absurd. Celebrating Halloween by dressing up as different characters of movies, books or fairytales has not been the reason our children are lagging in math, reading or science. When did this country become so politically correct, so bland and so accepting of the stripping away of traditions we enjoyed as children. There is value in developing social skills, enjoying a group hour with other classmates eating Halloween themed cupcakes and playing with friends instead of simply texting and posting on facebook. Next we’ll do away with flag day because the flag distracts from learning!

  • Len

    Leave them alone! They are just trying to enjoy the holiday! Don’t worry teachers, you’re still getting paid anyway for 6 hours of “work!”

    • Teacher on the edge

      Len, I’ve had it up to here (hand now at eye level) with these snot-nosed brats that I have to put up with in my classroom. Costumes just increase my stress level to the point where I’m gonna lose it. 6 hours? It feels more like 18 by the time these pint-sized terrors leave the building. I need a GD drink.

      • Teacher that Has FUN!

        Time to get out of teaching.

        • Colorado grandma

          I am really, really hoping you are not a teacher in my city. Have you given any thought to maybe doing something else for a living? I would think it takes a special kind of person who can be a teacher. Teachers play such an important role in a child’s life. Really Len, you need to look into doing something different.

          • Grandma in Colorado

            Sorry Len, this was meant for Teacher on the edge.

  • lieutenantdan

    What are we turning into? Have the people gone totally nuts?
    Controlling parents with personal agendas are taking the fun out of being a kid.
    Childhood is short lived. Kids are growing up too quickly these days.
    Narcissistic Mothers who have control issues are robbing children of their childhood. Childhood is gone before you know it and child’s rights are being
    taken away. I am 52 years old and when I was a child the world was going through many changes. The murders of the Kennedy brothers and Martin Luther King, the Vietnam war, the riots and the Civil Rights movement and Duck and Cover. (Google it please)
    With all of this going on in the same decade, looking back some of the warmest feelings I have today are remembering the joys of childhood such as the Holy Holidays and the most fun day Halloween. Halloween allowed us to escape reality for just one day a year by being a ghoul, ghost, witch, goblin, soldier,
    pumpkin etc…
    Please do not be so selfish and take away one of the most enjoyable days for kids. Have a heart!

  • Sarah

    You do not have a civil right to wear a costume to school for Halloween. Teaching your child it is okay to skip school because they don’t get their way is totally irresponsible and juvenile on the part of the parent. Grow up! Halloween is a night celebration and students need to maintain normalcy at school during the day. Our school will not allow costumes and I am thrilled with that decision! It is school, not a place to party and celebrate fake “holidays”!

    • Chris

      Sarah… does your workplace have celebrations? Birthday cakes or something for the employees during YOUR workday? Its work not a place to party or celebrate your fake “friends” birthday! People are hypocrites its unbelievable.. Let kids be kids and let them have a little fun for crying out loud! Its not about holidays or satan or anything else..Its about having fun and if I remember correctly little kids have fun before theyre old and have to work everyday. Lighten up people please! MUCH MUCH more important things to worry about.

      • Sarah

        Actually Chris, we don’t have birthday parties to celebrate with my “fake” friends. No one is saying they can’t celebrate halloween. They can do it after school!

      • Krusty Clown

        Amen my brother! This Is like a Simpsons Episode!

    • Josh Weinstein

      Sarah , you are a jackass as well! Take a seat next to the Superintendent!

    • SAINT

      you are absolutely right! halloween is a fake holiday. halloween is the devil’s birthday anyway. it’s a day of evil, whats so good about witches, devils, monsters, and ghost which all represent evil! thats why this world is the way it is today day because people glorify evil. this day is the most important day for the devil. all of his followers are out on this day. “WAKE-UP” PEOPLE!

      • jtorres

        You’re absolutely WRONG. It is NOT Satan’s birthday, nor is it evil or part of the occult. It’s is All Soul’s Day (which is why November 1st is All Saint’s Day) You wear costumes so the souls can’t find you. Besides, not all children dress up as ghosts, witches or other “monsters.” The parents can control what kind of costume you allow your child to wear. The school needs to lighten up. I was able to dress up AND go to class. I actually learned that day and everything. It’s only disruptive if the teacher is so incompetent that he or she cannot maintain discipline and that has NOTHING to do with Halloween

        • saint

          look up on the internet or do your own investigation of the true meaning of halloween! a long time ago on halloween they made human sacrifices!

          • Josh w

            Are you an Atheist?

          • Right wing religous conservative Believer in Jesus Christ.

            I think that there sacrifices on all days of the year.

            You can read evil into anything if you want to. It is the condition of your heart that matters.

            Why do kids enjoy Halloween? For the Candy, pure and simple. It is a fun time without a thought of evil in most kids hearts. They just want candy.

      • M

        Saint – My son’s birthday is on Halloween and the last time I checked, he’s not the devil and he’s not evil. As a matter of fact, he’s a normal kid! Your comment has to be the most ignorant thing I’ve ever heard!! Are you an idiot??

  • Joe

    Sure the School officials can not were there costumes. so there are picking the students. Oh i forgot their are wearing their costumes.

    • Angry Alfredo

      Rumors have Been said that most of the kids are dressing up anyways. It’s just one day not even! It’s just the afternoon or just the morning ….give me a break!! Ya creep!

  • Peter

    When I was in school they said we could not wear shorts so we changed that by showing up in skirts they changed the policy real quick !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! LOL

  • Peter

    It’s one day out of the year give me a break !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Surfin Bird

    The school has no right to do this.

    This is a violation of their civil rights.

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