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TOWAMENCIN, Pa. — No Iron Man, Power Rangers or Superman. Perhaps the only time of the year you can wear a costume to class has been canceled for one Pennsylvania elementary school.

According to MyFox Philadelphia, many parents with kids at Inglewood Elementary School in Towamencin like Jodie Biegert are angry over a letter written by the school’s principal, Orlando Taylor. The subject line from that letter: “No Halloween parade or celebrations.”

“I’m very upset,” Biegert said. “I think the kids are missing out.”

The letter says some people consider holidays like Halloween secular while others say they have religious overtones.

“I think it’s ridiculous,” another parent Tom Flanegan said. “I don’t think you can speak to one child in this district and ask them what Halloween is about and they would cite religious backing to that.”

The letter is signed by Taylor, and goes on to say, “The school district’s policy directs all North Penn schools to not sponsor or support celebration of Halloween parades, Halloween parties or dressing in Halloween costumes.”

In response to the principal’s message, the North Penn School District issued a statement saying Taylor’s letter “is not an accurate representation of the school district’s administrative regulation.”

“Schools are permitted to have Halloween parties in their classrooms during the school day and school-wide activities such as parades are permitted before and after the school day,” the school district continued.

In lieu of the cancelled celebrations, the district said they would host a fall festival after school where kids can wear their costumes before Halloween in Towamencin.

2 comments

  • Sarah Struble

    My daughter attends a local charter Montessori school in Colorado and they do NOT have any kind of “holiday” parties, including Halloween parades or dress up time. I agree with the parents in this article – it upsets me that these children are not allowed to have a little bit of fun. However, the difference is that this school says its religious reasons, my daughters school says its because “school is meant to be a learning environment and parties are not built into the learning schedule”. Sad!

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