Nejra Bajric, whose son attends the second grade at Lincoln Elementary, said she was frustrated by the decision.
“Halloween is a cultural American holiday, and it’s being canceled because of religious groups,” Bajric told the Tribune. “We’re a Bosnia and Muslim immigrant and refugee family. Halloween, when we moved (to Chicago) from a different country, was one of the greatest things.”
Bajric told the newspaper Halloween was "a way to assimilate" when she moved with her family from Bosnia in 1995.
"I didn't get to celebrate the other holidays," Bajric told the Tribune. "Halloween was my way of being like the other kids. Other students from other countries (at Lincoln), they get to feel like the other kids and participate in a cultural holiday."
Cooney told the newspaper parents were informed of the decision during the 2018-2019 school year.
"We did this a year in advance to allow our community time and space to process this change," Conney told the Tribune in a statement. "We acknowledge that this might feel like a loss to some."