Halloween. I just don't get it. I don't understand what is supposed to be so fun. It goes beyond just not getting it, though. I actually hate this holiday.
I can leave aside the roots and history of Halloween and leave that debate to people smarter than I. I can find enough things to hate about it without trying so hard or digging too deeply.
Let me count the ways:
Seriously, what is up with all the sexy costumes? Supposedly this is a holiday for children? This must be a favorite holiday for those that prey on children because we are sending our little girls into the night half-dressed to take candy from strangers.
Everywhere I look this time of year--be it billboards, television commercials or the store--there is this celebration of evil. Just driving around our neighborhood we pass several homes that freak the children out. They have to constantly be closing their eyes. Everything is so evil! Why every October is it somehow acceptable to have statues of ax murderers in your yard? Why is it OK for otherwise good and sane Christian people to pretend to cast spells and dress up like bad witches? Blood dripping off vampire mouths, gangsters with machine guns, ghosts, demons--all of a sudden, come October things we deem unacceptable and evil are celebrated as fun and cute?
Who knowing the judgment of God...not only do the same, but have pleasure in them that do them. Romans 1:32
I more than don't get it. I really hate it. How can we be rejoicing in evil? The world is scary and evil enough without our encouragement.
Fear is a negative emotion. I don't like being afraid. There are plenty of things that scare me in life as it is. Real life things that trigger a real emotion. It's not pleasant. I much prefer peace and harmony and happy thoughts and happy endings. (Which is why I generally avoid movies that are thrillers, mind-bending or horror. I watch movies as entertainment to escape a bit from reality. I want a happy world where everyone lives happily ever after.)
I don't understand why fear is fun. I really don't. Why is it fun to go through a haunted house and shriek and nearly wet your pants? I would have nightmares for a week.
Now maybe I take it too seriously. But, I don't understand this mocking of the dead. All the tombstone props, people crawling half-dead out of graves, and those who dress up like the grim reaper. It has long been held as a Christian act of mercy to bury the dead. Mocking the dead is just not acceptable.
Likewise, mocking the resurrection is not acceptable. There really will be a resurrection someday and it will not be gory, but glorious. There will not be zombies arising, but those who have died in Christ will arise to meet Him with incorruptible bodies.
So also is the resurrection of the dead. The body is sown in corruption, it is raised in incorruption. I Corinthians 15:42
I wouldn't let my children make fun of someone who has died or the resurrection. The rule doesn't change just because it's the 31st of October.
This is another one of those over-marketed holidays designed to get us to spend money we don't have on stuff we don't need.
Last July 4th we were chillin' with friends in our backyard, having a potluck, music on the radio and watching the fireworks. Everyone was having a great time. In conversation one of my friends hit the nail on the head explaining why Independence Day is so absolutely enjoyable. It's not over-marketed. You can buy nothing and still be enjoying it to the utmost. Just hanging out with friends (free!), listening to Oldies (free!), spontaneously dancing (free!), kids running through the sprinkler (free!), watching fireworks (free!) and potlucking it for a fabulous meal (nearly free!). It's low-key. Doesn't take a ton of prep for maximum enjoyment. And the life of it hasn't been marketed to death.
Halloween is the opposite. Buy costumes, buy candy, feel obligated to attend parties or host one, decorate the house--for a ONE DAY celebration. Ugh.
Candy. Last time I checked I was trying to avoid Red #40, artificial flavors, and excessive sugar. Now, don't get me wrong. I love dessert. I eat it everyday. But, it's made with ingredients I can pronounce and from my own cupboards usually. The shelf-life of one of my desserts is two or three days, tops. I'm scared by what I read on candy labels.
Oh, OK, I do indulge in candy from time to time. Snickers are an old standby, if you must know. But the sheer volume of candy given to the kids this time of year is staggering. And we don't even go trick-or-treating. Can you imagine if we did?
Dentists must love this time of year. It keeps them in business.
Of course a candy now and then won't really hurt ya that much. And you can make sure you brush your teeth afterwards. And you can say that you don't let your kid dress like a hooker and your costumes are never scary and you don't make fun of dead people and you hand-make all your costumes from up-cycled materials. So, all my reasons for hating it are moot.
Maybe that is how people get so much enjoyment out of Halloween. I'm just over-thinking it. Yet, unless you don't go to the grocery store or Target, drive down the freeway, turn on the TV and hand-make all your own candy, you can't avoid the evil side of Halloween. It's there. It's everywhere.
I can't wait for November.
So, what will the Tribe be doing on October 31? We'll be celebrating Reformation Day.
(Bring on the comments about how it is your favorite holiday. I will not be offended and will publish them. *smile* Just be kind and don't swear.)