What’s up with Halloween?

Why is Halloween so popular among kids and adults? Some suggest it should not be due to the “evil” nature and supposed endorsement of “evil” any participation implies.…whatever.  Frankly, I don’t believe most people venture out with malevolence on the brain. For the most part, the tradition has simply become a fun time for dressing up and getting a ton of Milkyway bars and tiny boxes of Juju Fruits [you know – those gummy confections that cause cavities and rip out fillings…dentists must love Halloween].

But I think there is even more to it.  Here’s my RayK theory. Perhaps Halloween’s popularity is somehow connected to the idea of and longing for community. It’s the ONE time a year when neighbors open their doors to other neighbors. People come out of their houses and actually visit, interact and have fun with others. Everyone is welcoming, friendly, generous and hospitable. There is something innately attractive about that and its missing in our culture. Like it or not, Halloween forces our isolated lives to get connected even if only for a few hours.

So there are two options. Sit around complaining about and criticizing the whole deal as evil or take advantage of the opportunity to open our doors and connect with neighbors we perhaps haven’t seen or talked to since last year. To be honest, I get excited about talking to people and giving out goodies. As for dressing up?  With a face like mine – no mask is necessary.

2 Responses to “What’s up with Halloween?”

  1. 1 Joanne Couture
    November 1, 2008 at 6:56 pm

    I think Christian homes should be the ones known for giving out the best goodies. Remember the houses where you actually got the full sized candy bars… As kids we absolutely remembered which houses had the generous people and which were the stingy cranks. And you knew if they were church goers or not.

  2. 2 Marcia Sommerfeld
    November 4, 2008 at 1:47 am

    I can remember when my kids were in grade school and the school would have the Halloween Parade where all the kids would get so excited and dress up to school to parade around the school with all the parents watching. The kids looked forward to this every year and all the parents would visit, laugh and take pictures. It was such a fun time. One year I had a Christian mother call me two days before Halloween telling me we needed to get other Chrisian mothers to ban together and march into the Principle’s office to tell her she should not allow this Halloween Parade because it was evil. Without even a thought (that’s how I knew the Holy Spirit was speaking right through me because I couldn’t have come up with something this intellegent) I said, “You are only as good as you are EFFECTIVE for THE KINGDOM!” If we had confronted the Principle we would have looked like a bunch of unbalanced nuts for THE KINGDOM! Not Good and Not Very EFFECTIVE for CHRIST!

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