Christian schools 'skating around' Halloween

Some of P.E.I.'s private religious schools are not celebrating Halloween, or making adjustments to the celebration, because the holiday doesn't conform with their values.
Immanuel Christian School policy allows the kids to dress up and have fun on Halloween, but does not allow scary costumes, says principal Matthew Mann.

Some of P.E.I.'s private religious schools are not celebrating Halloween, or making adjustments to the celebration, because the holiday doesn't conform with their values.

Matthew Mann, principal of Immanuel Christian School in Charlottetown, said his school allows costumes on the day, but there are restrictions in place.

"We've had a long standing tradition here really of skating around the Halloween issue, by taking from that event what we really like, that's really valuable, and incorporating that into a special day here that we've turned into a literacy day," said Mann.

"It still allows the kids to dress up and have a good time, without needing to wade into territory that some parents are quite uncomfortable with."

Mann said students can dress up in non-scary costumes.

Two other private religious schools in Charlottetown also told CBC they aren't comfortable with the sinister side of Oct. 31. The schools either ignore the day or hold other special events.

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