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Seattle's Lafayette Elementary School has barred students from coming to school in Halloween costumes this year. Officials at first said they didn't want to offend students from cultures that don't celebrate Halloween. After parents complained, officials said they banned costumes because they are distracting and take away from already limited instructional time. Despite that limited instructional time, the school plans to hold a "Harvest Party" this year instead of a Halloween celebration.

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  1. They will hold a Harvest Party instead, this is symbolic of the State harvesting their little souls for the common good.

    1. Actually I’d be all for it, if they promised to do a traditional wicker man.

      Or what I assume is traditional since the British film industry would never ever lie to me.

      1. NOT THE BEES!!! OH GOD! NOT THE BEES!

  2. Lafayette Elementary School has announced it will be changing its name to “A” in order to avoid offending students whoae cultures do not celebrate the American revolution, Frenchmen, or the specificity of definite articles.

    1. People who worship numbers will be offended.

  3. Officials at first said they didn’t want to offend students from cultures that don’t celebrate Halloween.

    Where is this right to not be offended? I can’t find it in my copy of the Constitution.

    1. I am offended that you mentioned the racist constitution.

      1. I’m offended at you being offended.

        Now I’m offended that I’m offended.

        1. It’s offence all the way down!

          1. “Offence”? Now, *that’s* offensive!

            1. Offensensitiviy!
              Obamacare covers that.

  4. Walter White and Skinny Pete?

    1. surely it’s Jesse if only because of the appalling t-shirt. Either way, sweet costume

      1. Screw that. I doubt those kids watch Breaking Bad. Let them pick their own costumes.

        1. Pretty sure the kids in the article’s picture are the kids of a local sports talk guy, Lance Zierlein. The prior year, he had one of them go as Don Draper.

          Creative costumes, if a little creepy. And I agree with RR that the kids should be picking their own costumes.

    1. I’m offended that Christmas in July isn’t really celebrated!

    2. who declared it? Beltane?

      1. Actually, some Christians have been waging a war on Halloween in the US. Thus the hideous portmanteau “Jesusween.”

        1. You can add Jesus, but he won’t help Dean and Gene Ween produce a memorable album

          1. Craig Finn disagrees:

            We rode around all afternoon
            He sold me his guitar
            I’ve got a new friend and my new friend’s name is Jesus

            Now people give me sideways looks
            When we set up on the strand
            But it’s hard to suck with Jesus in your band

            1. what would he know? He thinks having Jesus as a friend would improve his chances with the ladies, the damn fool

              1. If Finn knows anything, it’s all the ways you can lose a woman to a higher power.

                She said, “Always remember,
                Never to trust me.”
                She said that the first night she met me.
                She said, “There’s gonna be a time
                When I’m gonna have to go home
                With whoever’s gonna get me the highest.”

                1. Gosh he seems glum. Probably still unhappy about not being asked to join Split Enz or Crowded House

        2. I remember my second year here in Kentucky, when Lexingtonians were threatening to send children to my house on the 30th instead of the 31st, because Halloween fell on a Sunday, and that was a day of god.

          My response to the knockers who didn’t come would have been “Come back tomorrow, freak! Halloween is TOMORROW.” followed by a slam of the door.

  5. Jehovah’s Witnesses are great people in most respects [their principled pacifism is admirable] but one thing that does annoy me about them is that they seem to be offended by holidays – ALL of them. I love holidays – ALL of them. They bring joy and fun to an existence that is often far too bland and mundane. I love holidays and the less I am familiar with them the more they fascinate me. I do not understand people who are “offended” by this or that holiday.

    1. Why…it’s as if you’re calling them ‘savages’!

      1. No, I have some good friends who are JW. I would not call them savages. I would call people savages who advocate dropping bombs that will likely kill innocents out of the hope of killing people who have the audacity to stand up to the hegemony of criminals in Washington DC. [notice I do not use the pronoun “us” or “we” ? they do NOT represent me no matter how much they may claim they do].

        1. No, I have some good friends who are JW. I would not call them savages.

          Have you expressed your ‘annoyance’ with them? If so, what was their response? Was it violent?

          I would call people savages who advocate dropping bombs that will likely kill innocents out of the hope of killing people who have the audacity to stand up to the hegemony of criminals in Washington DC.

          We agree on this point.

          1. “Have you expressed your ‘annoyance’ with them? If so, what was their response? Was it violent?”

            It is not uncommon for friends to disagree on issues whether they be religious, political, or sport-related. Yes, we have talked about this. Their reaction was certainly not “violent”. Heated but not in that sense. They are annoyed by the fact that I am fascinated by almost all religions. That is how we became friends actually. I am fascinated by all religions – including JW.

            “We agree on this point.”

            Good ? I am glad. I had the impression from previous threads that you supported drone strikes. I am glad to know that I was wrong.

    2. Jehovah’s Witnesses are great people in most respects [their principled pacifism is admirable] but one thing that does annoy me about them is that they seem to be offended by holidays – ALL of them love coming to my house at 7 fucking AM on Saturdays to teach me about Jehovah or some shit. I love holidays Saturdays (especially Saturday mornings) – ALL of them.

      FIFY

      1. I guess that has never bothered me because I love to talk about different religions, ideas, thoughts, concepts etc. I would be THRILLED to have someone come to my door who wants to try to convince me of such and such. I might argue with them, politely, but I would never try to kick them out.

        FYI – Mormons do that too.

        1. I have no interest debating the type of people who knock on doors because they aren’t interested in debate, but in telling me that unless I subscribe to their religion, I’m going to some form of hell or another. They aren’t there for a debate, but to dictate.

          And no one dictates to me in my fucking home without being asked to leave. And if it’s at 7AM on a Saturday morning, they won’t be asked to leave, but yelled at to get some fucking manners.

          1. Don’t get me wrong – you have every right to tell someone who knocks on your door at 7:00 AM to leave – especially on a Saturday. But, call me strange, but I look at it as an opportunity. I love debate – they may not WANT a debate but from me that is exactly what they will get.

  6. Officials at first said they didn’t want to offend students from cultures that don’t celebrate Halloween. After parents complained, officials said they banned costumes because they are distracting and take away from already limited instructional time.

    After parents complained again, officials said they banned costumes because they inter-student conflicts over who had the best costume could result in students falling into the street.

    1. *could cause*

      Coffee!

      1. So:

        After parents complained again, officials said they banned costumes because they inter-student conflicts over who had the best costume could cause in students falling into the street.

        You need something stronger than coffee.

        1. I got better. Rough night, apparently.

          The intent was: After parents complained again, officials said they banned costumes because they COULD CAUSE inter-student conflicts over who had the best costume could result in students falling into the street.

            1. Needs less “could”

    2. Officials at first said they didn’t want to offend students from cultures that don’t celebrate Halloween.

      Government: making everyday mundane. Because “Fuck you! That’s Why!”

  7. Not all cultures observe Martin Luther King Day, either. Are Seattle school cancelling *that* celebration?

    1. Excellent.

      I knew a guy who celebrated MLK Day as “Booker T. Washington Day”.

  8. Hardly a Halloween season goes by that I don’t drive past some billboard that says something along the lines of ‘Say No To Halloween and Yes To Jesus!’

    1. “Jesus costumes! Get your Jesus Halloween costumes now!”

      1. a post-crucifixion Jesus would be kinda scary

    2. Say what you will about the Catholics, but they understood the need to blow off some steam before getting their Jesus love on. All Hallows Eve and Carnivale/Mardi Gras being my two favorite examples.

  9. I give a big Middle Finger Salute to ANY culture offended by kids enjoying Halloween!

    http://www.Anon-Whiz.tk

  10. Finally the pagans of the world get some respect! Hopefully Yule, Imbolc and Beltane are next.

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