Hallowe’en And Our Catholic Schools

As we approach Hallowe’en we anticipate the joy of those who will wish to celebrate this time with great joy, and also those who would offer caution and consideration. 

Also, it is important that we respect all community members when dressing for Hallowe’en.  Please note the following when considering your costume:

  • Culture is NOT Costume: Refrain from using costumes that represent a cultural group or ethnicity. (e.g. First Nations, Chinese, Arabic, etc.) 
  • Masks are Not Allowed: Wearing masks during the school day can compromise the safety of the community. We should always be identifiable in our community so we can avoid having unwelcome guests.
  • Be Aware of Costume Appropriateness: Costumes that are not appropriate to the moral tone of our Catholic Schools should not be worn.
  • Fear and Evil: Be aware that Ghoulish costumes can terrify younger students, students with special needs, or students with phobias.
  • Be Trauma Sensitive: There may be members of our communities who have traumas that can be triggered by certain costumes. 
  • When in Doubt, Think Saint: Hallowe’en precedes All Soul’s and All Saint’s Days. 

The below links are articles that present the celebration of Hallowe’en from a Catholic perspective:

Don’t be scared of Hallowe’en

Hallowe’en and Central Christian Message