Pittsburgh Public Schools board member Mark Brentley Sr. tonight tried to win support for changing the schools' celebration of Halloween to a celebration of the harvest, but he didn't even win a second for the motion.
Mr. Brentley said he thinks Halloween can promote violence and other districts have used creative approaches for celebrating the season.
While he said it's up to parents to decide what their children do outside of school, he said he was addressing the role of the schools in promoting Halloween.
"Why would you take one day out of a year and promote kids going to strangers' homes, knocking on doors, asking for trick or treat?" he said.
Education writer Eleanor Chute: firstname.lastname@example.org or 412-263-1955.