Monday, October 29, 2007

Ma Beck on Halloween

In the comments on the preceding posts, several people suggested looking at this post by Chicago's own Ma Back. Having read it myself, I can only second what she has to say.

But, of course, I can't just leave it there. I have little tolerance for the "Halloween is the Devil's day" types. The origins of the day are irrelevant--they don't tell us what it means now. Now it is just a day for kids (and more than a few adults) to dress up and get a sugar high. Does this mean that parents, particularly Catholic parents, shouldn't exercise prudence when it comes to costumes and activities? Of course not. Having your 5 year old dress as Hannibal Lectur, Jason Vorhees, or a streetwalker is a bad idea, mmmkay. But most importantly, it ought not to be allowed to eclipse the Holy Days.
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