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Should Schools Celebrate Halloween?

On October 31, students at Ironton Elementary School will likely bump into Steve from Minecraft or Mal from Descendants 3. That’s because the Ohio school is one of many that allow students to wear costumes to class on Halloween.

“We have a parade,” says Ironton assistant principal David Ashworth. “Even the teachers typically dress up.”

Ashworth and other school officials say these celebrations give kids a needed break. Some parents also point out that a school dress-up day allows their kids to get more than just one use out of their costumes.

But others say zombies and goblins don’t belong in class—costumes are distracting and take time away from learning. Besides, they argue, about one-third of people in the U.S. don’t celebrate Halloween. So a number of kids just stay home from school to avoid these celebrations.

Here’s what two of our readers think.

At my school, kids dress up on Halloween. Some students put a lot of time and effort into making their costumes. Wearing them to school gives them the chance to express themselves and show off their creativity.

Halloween only comes once a year. It’s a good chance to take a break and have some fun. As long as you’re not wearing anything too scary, what’s the harm?

Halloween is fun, but it can be stressful. Some costumes cost a lot of money. Students who can’t afford them might feel embarrassed. Plus, not everyone celebrates Halloween. Kids who can’t participate in the costume party can feel left out or uncomfortable.

Speaking of uncomfortable, try eating lunch or playing at recess in a costume! Why not just save it for trick-or-treating after school?

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