A photo in our local paper showed a mother and child watching the horror being committed Saturday in a rigged house at a nearby Halloween Carnival. It looked like something out of the television series, Criminal Minds – or any of the bone-chilling movies at the multiplexes. It was not something I expected to see when I opened our Sunday paper.
Over this weekend a television host was talking about “this Halloween season.” It seems that what used to be a one night event for children has morphed, and been declared a holiday only second to Christmas. What is going on here? Adults party for three days, costume sales for adults, along with alcoholic beverages are a huge bonus. All the while, parents are warned about pot-laced candy and razor blades in apples.
While blood and gore are apparently condoned, as they bring in revenue to the community, there is another scene which seems to be out of favor. A scene which has dissolved into the money pit of the first most popular holiday season, which for some, is still called Christmas.
This is a scene of a mother and child which is very different. It is one of wonder, love and tenderness. It is also one where a father is present, supporting his wife and newborn. There was no monster mash to celebrate the birth, but there were voices of jubilation filling the heavens.
You may disagree, you may not. But the truth is, you cannot take a pagan holiday which originated to worship the devil and fundamentally change it into a ‘feel good’ harmless holiday without repercussions.