Friday, October 24, 2008

How Halloween Can Be Redeemed

Each year we wonder is trick or treating ok? Even if we "get" the meaning and choose appropriate costumes - what about those who don't? I recently came across this article and found some good insight. Below is a clip from the article. If you'd like to read it in it's entirety, you can follow this link.

The connection between trick or treat and forgiveness deserves to be reclaimed, don’t you think? While we wait for an imaginative catechist to draw up a format, we can allow our kids to enjoy the costumes, the goodies, the excitement of traipsing around after dark if we exercise prudence. Most communities now impose a curfew for trick or treat, and most parents select the houses of friends they know. Sometimes the PTA will sponsor a party. Avoiding costumes and decorations that glorify witches and devils goes without saying, but there’s no reason to fear skeletons, skulls or Thomas More with his head tucked under his arm. After all, can’t skulls and skeletons be healthy reminders of human mortality? Can’t witches and devils symbolize the evil Christ has overcome?

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