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CHRISTIANS AND HALLOWE’EN

 

Maid Marion hat

When I was a kid in the 1970s, I did the trick-or-treating thing every Hallowe’en, along with all the other kids in my neighbourhood. For many of us, it was the highlight of the fall season and second only to Christmas on the annual excitement scale. Other than for our masks, our costumes were mostly hand-made by us and pretty low-tech (two hangers taped together at the hooks were angel wings; an upside-down ice-cream container with a rayon scarf trailing from it was Maid Marion’s headpiece; a big cardboard box with holes cut out for the arms was a TV set, etc.), but we didn’t care how ridiculous we looked because, for most of us, Hallowe’en was all about the free chips, candy and chocolate bars. The costumes were just a means to that end.

We saw our neighbourhood homes as dispensers of the free treats we so craved (and considered our birthright on that one amazing night), and for that reason all the houses we intended to hit were considered friendly turf. We didn’t anticipate having any problems when we stomped up the steps with our pillowcases bulging with loot; we didn’t expect to be challenged when we shouted “TRICK OR TREAT!”; we just expected to be given free grub, and we’d be on our way.

But there was this one house in our subdivision that gave me the creeps. Every Hallowe’en, I would go there only because the older kids I was trick-or-treating with would go there, but it bothered me. It was the only house I wanted to get away from as quickly as I could. I don’t even remember whether they gave good treats or not; I just remember that I thought the place and the people in it were creepy.

Here’s why: (more…)

MEMO TO UPTIGHT CHRISTIANS: TURN ON YOUR DARN PORCH LIGHTS AND GIVE ‘EM TREATS!

Spooky halloween edible apple monsters healthy natural dessert. Horror party

It’s that time of the year again when Christians declare war on cute little kids and free candy by turning off their porch light and refusing to answer the door. I covered this topic last year, but it deserves a rerun.

So here goes: (more…)

TURN ON YOUR DARN PORCH LIGHT AND GIVE ‘EM TREATS!

 

Spooky halloween edible apple monsters healthy natural dessert. Horror party

It’s that time of the year again when Christians declare war on cute little kids and free candy by turning off their porch light and refusing to answer the door. I covered this topic last year, but it deserves a rerun.

So here goes: (more…)

HEAVEN EIGHT

Give em treats

I’m a born-again Christian. I love God with all my heart. I follow Jesus’ example on how to live my life. To the best of my ability, I make the choices that he made.

And I give treats to children on Halloween.

(Oh, the horror!)

Some of you reading this are likely shaking your head. Don’t I know the pagan roots of Halloween? Don’t I know it’s an ancient Celtic festival based on demon-summoning and child sacrifice?

Yes, I’m aware of the roots of the festival. But I’m also aware of how it plays out in real life:

Little kids get dressed up and go door-to-door looking for free treats.

Now imagine Jesus turning off his porch light at his house in Capernaum. When I was a kid going trick-or-treating, a turned-off porch light meant that that house wasn’t “shelling out”, so we didn’t waste our time going there. We also noted which houses did and didn’t shell out, and how generous they were or weren’t.

So did our parents.

Jesus wouldn’t have turned off his porch light. He would have thrown open his door wide to each and every child who came begging, and he would have had a special and kind word for each.

Because these are children we’re talking about.

Remember how the disciples asked Jesus to tell the kids to scram when he was preaching, and Jesus instead told the disciples where they could get off?

Jesus loved having kids around. If they wanted to be there, they were welcome.

Children love treats. They also love dressing up in costumes and being allowed to run around the streets after dark. When you combine free treats with dressing up and going outdoors after bedtime – well, you get one honkin’ big happy occasion in the mind of a child, almost as good as Christmas and birthdays.

There’s a time and a place for preaching God’s word, but doing it on Halloween through a turned-out porch light is the wrong time and the wrong place.

The kids want a treat. Give them a treat. Give them lots, give them freely, and give them with a big warm smile.

God gives us treats, even when he knows it’s not the best thing for us.

He gives them to us for no other reason than that we want them and he loves indulging us.

Born-again or not born-again, atheist, Jew, Muslim, Buddhist, Hindu, agnostic, whatever – Halloween is not the time to preach.

It’s the time to give kids treats, so give ’em treats.