I remember when I was a little girl… one year I dressed up as a Casper the ghost. I also recall a Peter Pan, Raggedy Ann., and a witch costume. What make these costumes and Halloween memories extra special was that my mom made my costumes most of the time. I even remember waking up in the morning of Halloween and my mom would place little treats out for me and my siblings. My school memories of holidays past also hold a special place in my heart. My teachers passed out Halloween pencils and we had always had party. I even remember “Pin the Fangs on the Vampire.” Parents would come to school and we would celebrate with a Halloween parade and fall festival.
I appreciate diversity and respect different beliefs and cultural backgrounds. However, I can’t help feel a little disappointed when October 31st is just a regular school day, especially when a letter gets sent home to remind families that costumes are not allowed on Halloween. I guess I will have to live with my memories to keep me filled with nostalgia. It just makes me a little sad sometimes…I will continue passing out candy on my doorstep and hand out “fall pencils” to my students.