The holidays are upon us!
When I was little Halloween was a day of abstinence - as was Christmas Eve.
I remember my dad fixing tuna hot-dish with potato chips on top, and we'd have to eat supper before going out. I loved that - tuna hot-dish I mean. My dad fixed it because my mom worked. I couldn't eat fast enough however, to get into my costume and go out trick or treating. That was when I was little.
This Halloween: Scare the hell out of them.
Halloween is fun for kids. Especially little kids.
People worry about the old fashioned tradition of scary costumes and decorations. Many adults seem to associate Halloween with the occult today. Additional themes are associated with sexy, adult entertainment. I blame the parents - and Disney.
Some families have their kids dress up as saints instead. I've always liked that idea. There are really scary saints too.
St. Denis was beheaded and is said to have picked up his head and walked back to his cathedral.
St. Antony of Egypt, covered with attacking demons that look like the flying monkeys from the Wizard of Oz would be a cool costume - start making it today for next year.
Virgin martyrs like St. Lucy - eye balls gouged out and on a plate - very cool. Agatha is good too - severed breasts on a platter - you get your sexy along with the macabre. It's a win-win, and a lesson in abstinence.
Thomas Moore or some of the English martyrs were beheaded, some drawn and quartered - think how bloody a costume that might be. Of course the devils are afraid of the martyrs - so go ahead and scare them. Scary is fun.
What Halloween lacks today is creativity. And maybe fasting before the feast of All Saints. The candy is better the next morning. It can almost be like Christmas. Trudging door to door can be like a pilgrimage, or a sort of Posada - in memorial of the dead. Or not.
Christians shouldn't be afraid of stuff - except sin.