Monday, October 30, 2006

Halloween

I used to enjoy Halloween but now I don't feel all that comfortable with it. Isn't it weird to dress your child up as a fictional child molestor and killer (the character of Freddy Krueger), a demon, a pimp (the pimp costume was very popular around here last year), a ghost (damned soul) or a witch and then send them out to beg the neighbors for candy with the implied threat (Trick or treat). that if they don't hand over the good stuff the house will get toilet papered later?

In my neighborhood we've done away with door to door trick or treating. The kids meet for a party in the community center. This is safer and is a big relief to those who don't want to take part in the whole thing.

4 comments:

Lynne said...

There are several aspects of Halloween that are Catholic in nature. It is on the All Hallows' Eve (the eve of All Saints' Day). Catholics United for the Faith has a great article on it.

http://www.cuf.org/faithfacts/details_view.asp?ffID=9

Personally, I hate the sterilized event that the 'party' at the community center is evolving into, like government has to get involved in every aspect of our lives. We always followed the rule that if a house's outdoor lights were off, they didn't want trick-or-treaters.

Fidei Defensor said...

I am with lynne, we ought not to run up the white flag on this one and hand over a Holiday with some Catholic origins over to the secular (or worse Pagan) world.

Hans Georg Lundahl said...

a ghost (damned soul)

Ghosts may also be Holy Souls in Purgatory.

Hans Georg Lundahl said...

Have you tried keeping a wake with an early rosary for the departed?

Or "souling" - asking neighbours for buns and drink and promising one indulgenced prayer for a family member for each bun?