It appears that political correctness (PC) continues to take over our daily lives more and more these days. Whether it is right and just or not, that is certainly debatable. While we most often see these PC movements focused on community and government leaders, educational classrooms, professional sports, it is not overly common to see amusement parks and haunted houses get brought into the mix. However, that appears to be the case this fall. Over the course of the past few weeks, public pressure by various advocate groups have compelled regional parks across North America to shut down some haunt attractions due to the name and theme of those attractions. Also, those closures caused many amusement parks like Six Flags and Cedar Fair parks to take additional steps in order to stay ahead of the outcries. In some cases, other attractions were renamed in an effort to ensure that no demographic segment was demeaned or misrepresented.
Is Political Correctness Going Too Far?
With all of these surprising new and surprising issues in recent weeks, has the PC culture gone too far. Typically, Halloween has been a time of the year for people to dress up and scare each other in good fun, and this has been happening for a number of decades – if not more. Haunt attractions have showcased [FAKE] crazy clowns, zombies, werewolves, butchers, serial killers, skeletons, witches, ghosts, vampires, demons, and insane and disturbed people. Just like people wear a number of different costumes and “Trick-or-Treat” on Halloween, many people like to go to these haunt attractions and events. Yet, it has been extremely rare that anybody has complained about a costume that was for sale in a store or that a crazy clown at a haunt attraction did not correctly represent what a clown is. Suddenly, there are more groups of people taking to social media and other avenues to voice their minority opinions. Has it just gone too far? Should Halloween get a pass? Or has Halloween gotten a pass for far too long?
Certainly, the parks have to do what they can to avoid unnecessary confrontation and public backlash. They are there to offer a park experience that is targeted to be enjoyed by the masses. Most people who enjoy and celebrate Halloween on one level or another certainly do not use that platform as a way to inappropriately poke fun at clowns, mentally disturbed people, or dead people. So, is this changing the Halloween experience forever, and have we just gone too far?