Trick or Treat?

Another Halloween night is behind us.  As we wandered the neighbourhood with our daughter and good friends I was disappointed to see how many families embraced the dark side of Halloween.

Don’t get me wrong, I have no problem with dressing up.  I love make-believe, imagination, and kids pretending to be their favorite animal or cartoon character.  But I do have a problem with costumes that glorify sin.

It saddens me to see young women in sexualized costumes or young men carrying bloodied knives imitating horror movie villains.  And most years I see too much of both.

There is enough horror, depravity and ugliness in the real world.  On a night our kids can pretend to be anything they want why do we encourage such darkness?

I’m not going to get into the origins of the holiday or what it represents.  Instead I’ll comment on what I see now, a day where anything seems to go.  Decorations are gross, gory, and far from the images I want lingering in my daughters mind.  The Halloween craze is so bad it’s harder and harder to justify it as an innocent evening out.

I’m not sure what Halloween will bring next year for our family. But most of what I saw tonight did not line up with Philippians 4:8, “Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things.”

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