The day where children dress in disguise and go within their neighborhoods to knock on doors and ask for treats in the fall is an American holiday known as Halloween. Party City, Wal-Mart and various other franchises love it as they do all holidays because it boosts specialty item sales. Dentists might get a slight rise in tiny patients and both schools and churches will possibly change the name to Fall Festival. Ask a Christian if they allow their children to partake in the celebration of Halloween and the answer might be a long winded, “no” or a simple, short reply… “Halloween is the Devil“.
Most of the Christian believers I have come across firmly believe this holiday is deeply rooted in evil. I always thought of it as a spinoff of the El Dia de los Muertos (The Day of the Dead), where people in Mexico brought offerings given in memory of the deceased. When I was a child I don’t recall a lot of talk regarding Hallo’s Eve to be an evil day. Instead it was more like family and school fun. To have the ability to masquerade as your favorite superhero or cartoon character and occasionally the most frightening goblin or ghoul you could think of was exciting.
A lot of churches now have fall festivals where kids dress in costumes that are not gory and participate in games and socialize with other members. The name and location may have changed but it seems just an alternative to what is going on the same night throughout anyone’s city. So are the costumes the key difference but the intent the same? Many believe you should not even replace it.
There are a lot of theories about Halloween being demonic in nature or that it arrived from paganism. (However I had heard the same of Christmas and paganism as well) Some schools are now just preparing students for a fall party to take the place of using the word “Halloween” so they can be respectful of certain parents’ wishes.
However, if we entertain the reasoning that Halloween doesn’t belong in the lineup of holidays, then should we perform this hard hitting examination on all of our holidays?
Jan-Martin Luther King Day is not celebrated in every state. I guess those are the states that might still have separate seating for some of its pigmented-challenged citizens.
Feb-Valentine’s Day gets to stay because it’s celebrated by a drug that is shot from a bow and arrow to force you into liking someone you never noticed. Men would probably love this expensive holiday to be taken out of the lineup because diamonds have not been proven to talk and say, “I love you”, but payments can be forever.
Mar-Saint Patrick’s Day will still enforce the habit of non Irish blooded students to dress in green to avoid getting pinched and cable television will resurrect all the scary Leprechaun movies ever made.
April-Easter is the holiday where Christians celebrate the return of Christ and in his honor the holy rabbit takes tiny turds and turns them into sensational chocolate bites. Yum! (Cadbury anyone?)
June-June tenth is the holiday that is slowly catching on in recognition that there is actually a time American slaves were given freedom.
July– Independence Day will continue to be celebrated by millions who want to have a day off of work or out of summer school even if you were still an American slave when this day originally came about. What’s a hundred years to wait for freedoms…enjoy the firework display. Love that bar-b-que!
Oct-Halloween will continue to increase scary movie sales sore and prank phone calls while girls pop corn on the stove. (Assuming they have no microwave)
Nov-Thanksgiving is the way to say thanks to the Native Americans for showing hospitality to European foreigners. Natives could have let the oppressors starve but they were kind hearted and in turn the small pox blankets and genocide thing wasn’t all that bad.
Dec– Christmas is celebrated by getting your children the meaning of Christ from catalogs, online, in stores and wherever Visa is accepted. Ah, the joy of learning about Christ may help stimulate the economy, and that’s truly a gift.
Well I still don’t know if Halloween is evil, but I do know that soon I can get a giant sized bag of Snickers candy for pennies on the dollar and Snickers is not evil! (just hell on your thighs, cue the evil laugh)