63% think kids should be allowed to wear Halloween costumes, bring candy to school

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Let them eat cake – or candy, to be more precise. 

Some public schools no longer permit students to wear Halloween costumes or bring Halloween candy to school, but 63% of American Adults think both should be allowed. A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that just 27% do not think students should be allowed to do either. Ten percent (10%) are not sure whether costumes should be allowed, and 11% are not sure if kids should be able to bring in candy. 

But then most Americans don’t approve of the way the public schools are conducting themselves in general. Just 24% now rate the performance of those schools as good or excellent. 

Adults with children in the home are less enthusiastic about allowing Halloween costumes in school than those without kids living with them but are more supportive of bringing in candy. 

The survey of 1,000 Adults was conducted on October 27-28, 2013 by Rasmussen Reports. The margin of sampling error is +/- 3 percentage points with a 95% level of confidence.

The older the adult, the less likely he or she is to support Halloween costumes and candy in the schools.

Most Americans who think public schools should allow one also think they should allow the other. 

Those who plan to dress up for Halloween themselves are far more supportive of letting kids wear costumes to school than those who don’t plan to wear a costume. 

Peter Schorsch is the President of Extensive Enterprises and is the publisher of some of Florida’s most influential new media websites, including SaintPetersBlog.com, FloridaPolitics.com, ContextFlorida.com, and Sunburn, the morning read of what’s hot in Florida politics. SaintPetersBlog has for three years running been ranked by the Washington Post as the best state-based blog in Florida. In addition to his publishing efforts, Peter is a political consultant to several of the state’s largest governmental affairs and public relations firms. Peter lives in St. Petersburg with his wife, Michelle, and their daughter, Ella.