First of all, a big thank you to anahata56
. She'll know why.( And now, for something completely different...Collapse )
So with that backstory out of the way, let's shift gears once again. Though the anti-Halloween crusaders are few in number, being the shrill harpies of the Religious Right they more than make up for it in volume. I'm sure you've read by now that Pat Robertson picked up his tired worn crayon to scrawl that Halloween candy is prayed over by witches
. I am
"blessed" with one or more of these crusaders on my Facebook page. When I posted a somewhat cheeky status update wishing everyone a happy Halloween, one of my high school classmates wrote, in seeming response, "Father forgive them for they know not what they do!" (I responded with another update, "Hey, you borrowed the holiday. If you don't like it now, don't blame us!") And on it goes, until some question why they would bother celebrating a holiday that has no real religious or civic meaning to the vast majority of Westerners anymore.
And that, I think, is the point... and why the crusaders are winning the War on Halloween despite their small number. So let's work to take the holiday back. Most everyone knows, almost intuitively, what Halloween means to them, even if it's nothing more than the joy of children receiving little treats for braving the often cruel world of adults to assert their future citizenship. Let's not scare the bejeezus out of our kids by allowing the crusaders to foist their religion of fear and terror upon them. Instead, let's show them that there's nothing wrong with growing up. It's just another point in the circle of life... like death, actually. Which, after all, is what Halloween is all about.