I finally found out why teachers at my elementary school are pushing to ban costumes..yes, part of it is the "Oh, the poor kids can't afford costumes and will feel left out" but the main reason is the idiot parents. in kindergarten & 1st grade, the parents will send the kid to school in regular clothes, and then expect THE TEACHER to put the costume on the kid. Can you imagine having to put costumes on 27, 6 year olds!!
Our school has banned costumes on Halloween, with the reasoning being that the principal has agreed to a Halloween dance on the 28th, so that takes the place of costumes in school on the 31st. Bullpucky!! If my kid wasn't so involved in the dance, I'd let her wear her costume on the 31st...
And that whole nonsense about it detracting from the education process....gimme a break. They take the kids on field trips to caverns or to see funny plays....I'm still trying to figure out how that educates them. it is more like a notch in the belt- "Yeah, I went to Howe Caverns in 2nd grade..." Last year, a guy came in & did a drumming & dance workshop & concert the whole day. I mean- it was fun, but did any kid actually LEARN anything? No...it was just a fun day. Which is what Halloween is. Watta bunch of blowhards.