A student just told me that in her kids' school new Halloween practices have been adopted. First of all, the students aren't allowed to refer to the holiday as Halloween because it may carry some religious connotations. Second, the children are not allowed to wear the traditional witch or monster costumes. Instead, they should wear a "community helper" costume. Firefighters and nurses are acceptable community helpers, but most other choices are out.
I don't know who comes up with these ideas but the purpose of this insanity is pretty obvious. I'm sure that in this, extremely conservative, area of Illinois, somebody is doing this stuff on purpose in order to make children hate the idea of political correctness from an early age. This completely exaggerated, unreasonable and indefensible approach is what is being sold to the kids of Southern Illinois (and many other places, I'm sure) as one of the limitations imposed on them by "those nasty, politically correct liberals."