It is Halloween month and the excitement and controversy is in the air again. Some will say Christians should not celebrate this holiday and find various reasons. Others will not give it much thought. Do you know the true origin of Halloween? Neither do I, and like most folk I don’t care either.
The tradition of trick or treating has changed many times through the centuries. As a kid it was common to see people dressed up in a poorly fitted, store-bought, one piece costume. Do you remember those plastic masks that was held on to your head by a piece of rubber band stapled to the mask? For some of us it was more common to have a homemade costume. On year I was dressed up like a hobo.
I have great memories of my parents carving pumpkins with us kids. Then on Halloween night taking me and my sister’s door to door to beg for goodies. I also have very cherished memories of taking my own children out on Halloween to knock on strangers doors and beg for treats. Good times!
It is become more and more common for communities to embrace “trunk or treat” where cars meet at a specified location and serve treats from their car trunks. I get the safety thing and so forth but the tradition I grew up with is fading into history. In a way it’s a little sad to me.
Oh did I not mention anything about religion in this post? Okay, how about this…
Maybe a way we can show generosity on Halloween. Maybe Christians can be known as the ones that pass out the best goodies on Halloween. I’m talking the most popular candies and plenty of them! Just say no to candy corn this year and bring out the good stuff! Bring out the full size candy bars!
For a child make-believe is serious business. Let’s find a way to teach them how they can have fun and be creative without adding the controversy of religious preference.
Rev. Burt Schwab