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Yesterday evening around 6:00-6:30 pm our front door burst open… well, actually, I heard a “bump…bump…bump” as a little boy pushed as hard as he could to get the door open… and in rushed Superman!

Superman said, “Hi Grandma, hi Grandpa.”

I said, “Aren’t you supposed to say trick or treat?”

“Oh yeah. Trick or treat!”

Well, Superman and his sister, the princess, got their candy and soon were on their way out the door again. My wife and I sat down in the living room in anticipation of more ghosts, goblins, and ghouls, and maybe Batman and Robin, too.

But they never came.

There never has been a whole lot of participation in the Halloween traditions in our trailer court, either harmless or harmful, so it didn’t really surprise us too much. Back some twenty years ago some folks here discovered it was a lot easier and probably safer to take the kids out to the area’s biggest shopping mall and wander from store to store getting lots and lots of candy from the merchants. My wife did it ourselves for a couple years until we decided the youngest of our kids was finally getting too old to do it. (Actually, she never really cared for it too much; she’d rather stay at home in her costume and hand out the goodies to the kids who came to our door.)

Someone wrote very recently that the real, current purpose of Halloween is to give kids an excuse to eat way too much candy, run around after dark in costumes, and scare the pants off each other. I think they may have hit on something there.

A few years back there was a lot of debate and discussion about whether or not we should allow our children to participate in Halloween “festivities”. There was real concern about it being a holiday in honor of Satan and his devils or demons, witchcraft, druids, ghosts and haunting, death and all sorts of evil.

I think cooler heads have prevailed.

Even so, it’s really a rather worthless holiday. A better purpose would be to celebrate the reformation, as so many churches did yesterday; or to remember loved ones who have passed on over the past year.

Really, Halloween has come close to equaling Christmas as kids favorite holiday, and to some of us that is rather sad.

Personally, I would prefer to see far more attention given to the next holiday, Thanksgiving (and please don’t call it “turkey-day”!). But then, that holiday has also been corrupted by our contemporary culture. It’s now a celebration of gluttony and football, rather than a time for all of us to give thanks to the Lord for all the blessings He has given us.

Well, my wife and I made it through another Halloween. I think this evening I’ll just sit back in my recliner and watch as the Giants and Rangers play Game 5 of the World Series on TV, eat some candy, and wonder when our first snowfall will be.

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