Is Halloween a pagan holiday? NJ school district debating merits of in-school celebrations

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c. 2014 Religion News Service

MAPLEWOOD, N.J. (RNS) A New Jersey elementary school canceled and then reinstated its Halloween celebration this week in a debate that reflects societal ambivalence about the holiday’s religious origins. On Monday (Oct. 13), parents of students at the Seth Boyden Elementary School in Maplewood received a note home from Principal Mark Quiles saying that the annual Halloween celebration at the school would be canceled.