Some folks call the day a heresy
That celebrates evil and death;
A Devil’s day, if you will,
That somehow dignifies
Those who no longer have breath.
Beginning as All Hallows’ Eve
Many years ago,
The day we now call Halloween
Is less belief than childhood show.
A day to dress up and pretend
That one is a different being,
An evening to go door to door
In exchange for neighbors seeing
Kids having fun by going ‘˜round
Cheering, “Trick or treat!”
There seems no insult to real faith here,
The smiles are quite sweet.
When something once religious
Becomes fully secular,
The impact on those of classic belief
Can seem negatively
But two things must not
Religion and social conventions.
At least in most families
In modern times,
Halloween is an accepted convention.
When done well, fun is had by all,
Both the kids and those they ‘˜trick.’
And if parents control
Their rate of ‘˜treat’ consumption,
Most won’t wind up getting sick.