by: Johnny Golden
There's nothing new about this question, it's an old one and it has its defenders and its detractors. "Should", some ask, "Christians participate in devil worship?" After all, isn't it all about witches and goblins and hideous creatures from the dead?
Perhaps a brief look at history will give us some insight, here. Halloween, like Christmas Eve and New Year's Eve is the "evening /eve" before the Hallow? In many places November 1st is celebrated as All Saints Day, so the evening ('een) before it is known as the evening before the hallowed, or "the evening before the sacred" as in "'hallowed'/scared/blessed be thy name".
On All Saints Day (or the Day the Feast of Saints) Christians, known and unknown, who have attained heaven are celebrated. Sadly, as in the case of many sacred events it, for some, became corrupted with vice and vulgarity, decadence and debauchery. Again, for some, an evening of Bohemian lifestyle became their zeitgeist, their headstrong, hedonistic, pleasure-seeking for the night.
But, "not so for many, especially children today", many would counter. So, isn't it ok to "trick or treat" and enjoy the booty of community, camaraderie, and candy? After all, who believes in ghouls and goblins anymore?"
Shouldn't Christians relax, just chill for a moment, if you will? Or must they always be so stuffy and stultified? Unwittingly, making of themselves redolent relics who are simply out of touch and socially irrelevant. Any wonder membership is declining so precipitously,' some argue.
We'reall suppose to be wearing masks nowadays, so if you gotta wear one, why not wear one with your favorite character from the other side on it, yes? No? At least the character you're portraying is suppose know what it’s like to be haunted and frightening.
So, what say ye? Masks, regardless of the occasion, are no-no; or will you "just chill" and let the kiddies sink their teeth into a not so blood-curling night of fun and fantasy? Any brave souls out there willing to lift the lid on the coffin or do you just prefer to nail it shut, Boo? What say ye?