Oct 14, 2015
Halloween fever is just around the corner. In two weeks, many children and adults will don costumes of all designs and descriptions. PetSmart has designed an elaborate Halloween web site for dogs, cats, and other pets. At Halloween parties, adults will primp their outfits while children will ring doorbells ready to blurt out "trick or treat."
Ask the meaning of Halloween, and most people will give you blank stares. Children will shrug their shoulders hoping that their ignorance will not deprive them of a treat from the questioner. The short answer? In the Middle Ages, Halloween was marked on the Christian church calendar as All Hallows' Eve, the day before All Saints' Day, formerly known as All Hallows' Day.
With every passing year, October 31st grows into a mega-business. It is set aside for images of devils and evil spirits, witches, goblins, ghouls, oversized cats, bonfires, Jack-O'-Lanterns, trick or treating. You may argue: What's the harm in having a few hours of fun once a year? Fun is fast turning into vandalism and violence. Some parents keep their children close to home instead of risking their safety to go trick or treating without an adult. Others chaperone their children lest they be deprived of the enjoyment linked to the night's festivities. What's the harm in getting dressed up in Halloween costumes once a year? The response to this question will come in Part Two of this essay.
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