"Trick or Treat" may not be spoken in some schools around the nation this October.
Halloween is loved by children of all ages and many plan their costumes to wear to school parades and parties months in advance.
According to an article in The Columbus Dispatch, one boy cried when his father broke the news that Maryland Elementary will replace its traditional class parties and costume parades this year with a November "fall fest" which includes square-dancing and a service project.
Parents at Maryland Elementary took action. About 140 parents signed an online petition, urging the school to let the children keep their annual Halloween festivities.
The principal told parents that about ten percent of families at the school keep their children home on Halloween or request that their children stay out of Halloween parties. About thirty students opted out in 2012.
Some children stay out for religious religions, according to the principal. He said some families had expressed concerns to him about not being able to afford costumes. And then some parents said their children had nightmares after seeing too-realistic spooky outfits.
Adamant to make sure their children could still enjoy the holiday, parents tried to come to seek a middle ground. They suggested that classes hold costume parties themed after children's books to keep out darker costumes. Others suggested parents could donate costumes to the school for schools without costumes.
The principal promised to consider the parents' requests, gather more input, and make a decision in coming days.
The Columbus Dispatch