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1. Halloween overkill
Ms. Skenazy of “Free-Range Kids
Halloween taught marketers that parents are willing to be warned about anything, no matter how preposterous, and then they’re willing to be sold whatever solutions the market can come up with. Face paint so no mask will obscure a child’s vision. Purell, so no child touches a germ. And the biggest boondoggle of all: an adult-supervised party, so no child encounters anything exciting, er, “dangerous.” Think of how Halloween used to be the one day of the year when gaggles of kids took to the streets by themselves—at night even. Big fun! Low cost! But once the party moved inside, to keep kids safe from the nonexistent poisoners, in came all the nonsense. The battery-operated caskets. The hired witch. The Costco veggie trays and plastic everything else. Halloween went from hobo holiday to $6 billion extravaganza.
2. Town moves Halloween ahead due to Football?
In Foxboro, Massachusetts, the Halloween decorations are up… but this year, October 31st just won’t be the same.Town leaders are telling kids not to go trick or treating on Sunday, October 31st… because the New England Patriots are playing a game at Gillette Stadium in town. Instead, they want kids to go the day before… on October 30th. Outside the haunted house at the Orpheum Theater, these costumed characters say, Halloween won’t be the same on the 30th. Colleen Schofield said, “no its not, you won’t get that feeling you do on Halloween, its just stupid. But Lynda Walsh, the chair of Foxboro’s Board of Selectmen said, with all the traffic in town for the Patriots game… it won’t be safe to have kids trick or treating at the same time.
3. Car accidents spike 22% on Halloween
The Sacremento Bee reports
The number of Texans hit by cars spikes an average of 22% during Halloween week when compared to the rest of the year, according to Allstate Insurance Company. The insurer looked at its Texas auto insurance claims involving pedestrians from 2003-2009 and found a jump in accidents around trick-or-treat time.
4. Halloween school snack ban
By Medill Reports Chicago
“For Zoe Paster, Halloween means no Snickers bars, peanut butter cups or cupcakes. She celebrates birthdays without cake, ice cream or pizza. Zoe, 7, is allergic to nuts and dairy. From peanut-free schools to snackless classrooms, Chicago and suburban schools have changed their snack policies to protect students like Zoe, some of whom can have fatal reactions to even casual contact with peanuts. Policies differ by district, school and even classroom, but peanut-free tables in lunchrooms and peanut-free classrooms are now common. While Zoe’s school, Lincoln Elementary in River Forest, has a no-snack policy for birthday celebrations in classrooms,”
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