United States: A Washington State school district has cancelled Hallowe'en celebrations in case the festival is offensive to Wiccans.
The district said Halloween celebrations and children dressed in Halloween costumes might be offensive to real witches.
Witches with pointy noses and things like that are not respective symbols of the Wiccan religion and so we want to be respectful of that,Hansen said.
The Wiccan, or Pagan, religion is said to be growing in the United States and there are Wiccan groups in Puyallup.
On the district's list of guidelines related to holidays and celebrations is an item that reads:Use of derogatory stereotypes is prohibited, such as the traditional image of a witch, which is offensive to members of the Wiccan religion.
School Says Halloween Disrespectful to Witches—abc News, 21st October 2004.