Well Seasoned Fool sent me this...
I view Halloween as a chance to face our fears and to celebrate coming out of it alive.
Our church encourages the kids to dress up as their favorite saint.
I've suggested they go as St. John the Baptist (head on a platter) or St. George (Dragonslayer).
Martyrdom offers many gory examples to pick from. :-)
This Halloween, I'll be escorting the younger ones around the neighborhood, the older ones will stay home and pass out the treats. (Once you can drive, you can't trick or treat anymore is the rule at our house.)
For the adults, it's the annual meet your neighbor event since Suburbia can be so isolating.
Let me just say, I embrace all those difference amongst us. My Halloween belief is much similar to all the responses combined, but most like Mad Jack's with a twist of Bill. I love the scary and I love horror films, anything scary but not cheeseball.
I was raised that All Hallow's Eve was a German/Irish Christian celebration before All Saint's Day, November 1. Since I am of German and Irish descent, it is probable that I will celebrate the Halloween festivities in style and over the top fashion. This holiday is commonly known as Halloween and many festivities and events including trick or treating are to be attended to gain the most of the fun factor. I think many people think Halloween is a secular American thingy.
I can tell you that my church that I attend now with Johnny Cash the Preacher, does NOT like Halloween and they are very vocal that the church celebrates this time as harvest time.
In fact, they are DEAD (pun intended) set against Halloween anything. No costumes, trick or treating, or pumpkin carving.
However, many kids talked about attending the Halloween Haunted Corn Maze in my town. When they did, they and their parents received shock and awe moments from some of the congregation.
Not going to believe that way nor did my family did not raise me to believe in the Pagan's or Witchcraft way of Halloween as a celebration to raise the evil dead. Other people can, that's their choice. My church can agree to disagree with me on this note as I told them...don't believe that way...just as I don't believe that alcohol is the devil (moderation is the key or occasional drink with meal )nor do I debate the "wine that was provided in the first supper was actually grape juice theory". Those things are crazy weird to me and I say it like that. And really? Who cares. I get long stares and big eyebrow lifts. It's all good. They still tell me I'm a blessing. We will go with that.