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Halloween: yay or nay?

We wanted to do something fun, since it was her birthday, so the two of us headed to Northville to have lunch and look around.

We had plans to go out for a big celebratory dinner, so we decided on a light lunch at Lucy and the Wolf.

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The fish tacos were just the thing.

And then I spotted the mini donuts with bourbon smoked sugar and maple syrup. You know me and donuts.

“But they’re not chocolate,” my daughter pled.

So we headed across the street and down the block to share a carafe of French Press coffee and a Nutella crepe.

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If you look closely, you can see a skeleton seated on the Bistro’s patio. The town is loaded with skeletons.  Just about every establishment is adorned with one or two.

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This one, with rollers in her hair, is my favorite.

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Though the spaghetti tester outside the Italian Ristorante is pretty cool, too.

The skeletons reminded my daughter of an article which, she said, was not a parody. She pulled out her phone and read me excerpts as we walked.

“We think because we are not performing any demonic rituals or human sacrifices,” she read, “that we are on safe ground, but did you know that as soon as you dress up, whether you color yourself or put on a costume, the enemy owns you? Because by doing so, you have turned over your legal rights, and you have dedicated yourself and your kids to celebrating the devil’s holiday. You have just made a pact with the enemy, and you are already sacrificing your children spiritually by dressing them up and changing their identity.”

Celebrating Halloween might be akin to neglecting to tear down Ashera poles, I thought to myself, but…

“That’s kind of extreme,” I said.

“When you were three, I dressed you up as an adorable little lamb with a little red heart, carved of wood, pinned to your chest.  We went to a few houses in grandma’s neighborhood. You, a Light in the darkness, me holding your little Lamb of God hand. No ownership was transferred that night.”

Which brings me to this creative little video:

So what do you say, Halloween yay or nay?

#identity

P.S. Click the quote to read the full article.

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10 thoughts on “Halloween: yay or nay?

    • Thanks Wally, glad you found Halloween harmony. We haven’t participated in years, mainly because we never seem to be home the night the trick-or-treaters run the neighborhood.

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  1. When I was a kid, Halloween was just a fun way to collect a boatload of candy. No one “decorated,” except for a carved pumpkin or two. Sadly, over the ensuing years, it has developed into the second most lucrative holiday, just behind Christmas. The irony of that is hard to overlook. I think the identity change thing is a little over the top, but I’m glad we don’t have any small children these days. I don’t like what Halloween has become. We choose to simply ignore it, but we don’t get up in anyone’s face about it.

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    • Thanks Linda, we ignore it, too. But as a kid, it was a blast to run through the neighborhood with a pack of other kids collecting loot and then dumping it on the living room floor to sort it and make trades with my sisters. We certainly weren’t celebrating the devil, or even giving him any thought. It was all about the candy.

      My daughter was allowed to participate as long as her costume was uplifting. She grew tired of it at a fairly young age.

      Knowing what I know now about sugar, I just can’t reconcile distributing tooth decay and diabetes to my young neighbors.

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    • Mrs. Boots says:

      I agree, it has become a very chilling holiday. The stores are decorated, the houses are creepy. Around here, people go all out on the Hallowe’en decorations more than they do for Christmas. My children are actually afraid of the stores at this time of year — particularly the dollar store. And I don’t blame them — severeed limbs, heads with bloody eyeballs — how are these things appropriate decorativions to have in a family store? I don’t know how we have gotten so desensitized to the appearance of evil over the last 10 or 15 years. It’s all very well to say that children can participate in sweet, happy costumes — but that’s not what they will be exposed to when they are out trick or treating. I think it is just a devilish holiday, and I don’t want to participate in any capacity. It’s just gross. And I am completely aware that I sound like Dana Carvey’s Church Lady from SNL. But it’s true, and I don’t know why most people don’t seem to see it.

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