Though it can be interesting to discover historical traditions, I cringe at the haunting, gory, or violent perceptions that have been given to Halloween over the course of history. I don’t advocate these things on October 31 or any other day, but I do love handing out candy to children.
As our children grew up, we attended a church that held Reformation Day services and forbade anything to do with Halloween. Since at that time we feared what “the church” said, we religiously followed their dos and don’ts.
While I do believe Reformation Day is a notable day in church history, I don’t feel like preaching at kids to tell them they shouldn’t go trick-or-treating or have anything to do with Halloween. Perhaps I have backed off because of the legalistic background I came from and have learned how it can hurt people.
Honestly, I think the majority of kids don’t even know the history of Halloween and merely love the fun of using their imaginations to dress up and get candy. For this reason, today I will appreciate each child’s unique creativity and fill their candy bags.