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More of a Trick than a Treat?

November 4, 2008

On Friday night, while I hurried around the kitchen trying to finish the last of dinner cooking before sunset, the sound of tiny, but vigorous, knocks on the front door interrupted me.  As the sun began to set, masked knights, dinosaurs, aliens, and princesses appeared at the door with expectant buckets, and sometimes a greedy little hand outstretched.

I stopped trick-or-treating when I was about 10, but since then, I've always
felt compelled to participate in the holiday by handing out candy.  Part of
me feels like it's a nice neighbor activity to do.  Another part of me feels responsible to be one of the "good" people in the world who doesn't do weird things like hand out poisoned, tainted, or tampered with candy.

The fact is, though, that Halloween is not a wholesome holiday at all.  It's not about demonstrating that you are a good friend, neighbor, host, or person.  The very foundations of Halloween are about celebrating death, spiritualism, and darkness.

On, the ancient origins of Halloween are traced back to Samhain-a Celtic festival that took place to celebrate the arrival of a cold, dark winter--traditionally associated with human death.  (Umm, creepy.)  It was believed that on the eve of November 1, the boundary between the living and the dead became blurred and the ghosts of the dead returned to the earth to destroy crops and wreak havoc.  People lit bonfires, made sacrifices, and yes, dressed up in costumes and attempted to tell fortunes.

Isn't it just like the devil to fool us into believing that Halloween is just an simple, fun holiday about candy and costumes?  Worst of all, we make the holiday about children-the most innocent and trusting of us all.

Matthew 10:16 tells us to be, "as shrewd as snakes and as innocent as doves," because as 1 Peter 5:8 says, "the devil is a roaring lion, seeking whom he can devour."  Sometimes the things that we do don't seem spiritual or wrong or all, but Acts 13:10 says that deceit and trickery are both characteristics of the devil that are designed to trip us up.

So what do you think?  Do you agree that Halloween tricks us into participating in a spiritualistic, celebration of death?  Or, is Halloween just a misinterpreted day about treats and candy?

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