It’s Halloween again. I’m probably going to play some Rob Zombie and Evanescence later on tonight and lament the fact that I’m far too old to go trick-or-treating.
Halloween is not technically a religious holiday, but the very word “Halloween” comes from “All Hallows Eve,” which is the day before All Saints’ Day – the “hallowed” being the saintly. So it does have a bit of Christian significance, but other than that, it’s a secular holiday – and like every other major celebration, it’s become commercialized over the years. The focus is on selling costumes, candy, party favors, decorations, and other items.
I think that if the entire world was made of Christians (and I’m definitely not saying it ought to be that way), Halloween would be a day when everyone would dress up as a different saint and go door to door singing hymns. No TPing houses, no throwing eggs or apples at passersby, no horror movie villain masks, and worst of all, no movies like Hocus Pocus or A Nightmare on Elm Street. It would be a little boring.
Even though I’m not a huge fan of Halloween, what I like best about the holiday is the Halloween specials of my favorite shows, eating candy, and listening to scary music. And the nice fall weather: hot chocolate or cider, pumpkins and oddly-shaped gourds, multicolored leaves falling, etc.
What do you like/dislike about Halloween?