WALPOLE (CBS) – The decorations are out and Halloween is two weeks away but there’s controversy at Boyden Elementary School in Walpole. The school will not be having its annual Halloween costume parade this year.

“I think it’s a lot of political correctness,” a Walpole woman said. “I think it’s a shame because Halloween is the funnest day of the year next to Christmas for children.”

In a message to parents the school principal says, “…the costume parade is out of our ordinary routine and can be difficult for many students. Also, the parade is not inclusive of all the students and it is our goal each and every day to ensure all student’s individual differences are respected.”

On Friday the school will have a Halloween party after school hours, but the school says Halloween itself will be “Black and Orange” spirit day.

Parents WBZ-TV spoke with are not happy about the decision to cancel the parade.

“We have grand-kids going to Boyden School. Wonderful school,” a grandmother of a student said. “The Halloween party should happen on Friday cause all the kids are excited.”

“Put a costume on. Parade down the street. Let them have their little time,” a Walpole man said. “Why do you have to turn it into something political?”

Last month a school in Needham canceled Halloween events.

Comments (92)
  1. Next the fascist government school officials will make them wear brown shirts and little red armbands to show their loyalty to the state.

  2. Brian Turner says:

    So Liberals seriously complain about any issues related to 13% (blacks) or 3.8% (LGBT) of the adult population but have no problem deciding to cancel traditional childhood celebrations for 24% (under 18yo) – political correctness at its worst – to fear that someone “might” be offended. Being offended is a subjective thought – we can choose not to be offended as easy as choosing to be offended.

  3. Halloween?

    Who needs it?

    President Trump says, “Merry Christmas!”

    And so do I.

  4. Good to see this pagan celebration jettisoned.

  5. Give Principal Brendan Dearborn a call and tell him what you think of his policy: (508) 660-7216

  6. Dan Murphy says:

    This is offensive. Black & Orange day? What about the other colors? Blue, green, and purple have feelings too!

  7. Wow, so much hatred here. “Idiot liberals”, “libtards”, and so on. Did any of you folks read the actual fact of what is being cancelled? A 10-minute parade that caused disruption at school. Many other Halloween activities are taking place in the school and the town.

    Part of this is the media’s fault for reporting it as a “Halloween Ban”. It’s sad that Inaccurate reporting made this inconsequential change in one town into a “liberal” vs. “conservative” comment war.

  8. Josie Albert says:

    It’s not the liberals. It’s the Evangelical Christians in my district who are trying to ban Halloween.

  9. There must be a lot of really crazy folks in Walpole. This is insanity. Poor children!!!

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