First, they banned
Halloween. Now, Hillcrest Elementary School in Waukesha, Wisconsin is
banning fall festival costumes -- all because of inclusivity.
"To maximize that fun and time of fall fest, we are going to ask
families to not send costumes this year," read a letter sent to parents.
"We want to be inclusive of all families including those families who
don't celebrate Halloween or find purchasing a costume a hardship."
School leaders did not say who they were trying to appease by banning
the costumes. Parents say the grade school is taking all the fun out of
"This is something that I know the kids look forward to every year,"
Jeremy Watson told WTMJ.
"I just think it's sad," added parent Crystal Landry. "I think that
there's different paths they could have gone down instead of just
canceling the whole thing all together."
The principal told the television station they ended the longtime
tradition because some families don't celebrate Halloween "and because
of the challenges with teachers having to manage all of the students
changing in and out of costumes."