Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Editorial: Student Halloween Costumes

   Halloween costumes could be beneficial to the school. If a contest was set up where the best costumes under certain themes could win, it would provide an opportunity to spread school spirit and get the students more willing to participate in school activities. Even MHS’s morale could be boosted as a result.
   On October 31, students at MHS were confused as to why they weren’t allowed to wear Halloween costumes.  In the past, students were allowed to wear costumes to celebrate the official holiday while staying within a loose dress code policy.
   “In the ‘80s, students and faculty members participated more in Spirit Week themes and dressed up for Halloween,” art teacher Mr. Brinton Farrand said. “They used to decorate the rooms for Christmas.”
   During Spirit Week, MHS put aside the dress code policy in order to encourage students to have fun dressing up for the themes, creating a positive atmosphere in the school. Some students were even sporting costumes that had blue and gold themes. If costumes were allowed during Spirit Week, why not on an official holiday?
   MHS should allow the same policy to be in place on Halloween; students would be able to sport their costumes why’ll staying within the boundaries of a loose dress code.
   One might argue that students will abuse the right to wear costumes, donning scary getups featuring masks and violent themes; however, if the school stresses the dress code policy that costumes cannot feature masks, blood or other graphic outfits, students will be less likely to break the dress code.
            The Pulse staff thinks we should be allowed to wear our Halloween costumes to school next year. So, go and talk to your student council representative and have them debate over this issue so we can enjoy Halloween in years to come.