Pat Robertson's Christian Broadcasting Network posted a blog by Kimberly Daniels recently that warns Christians to forgo celebrating Halloween because of its evilness. Daniels specifically calls out candy as a source of soul-molestation:
When I hear things like this, I think that sometimes the US must be a really fun place to live. Satarists must have a field day with this sort of kookiness. Surely?
Growing up and living in Australia in the 1960s, 70s and beyond, Halloween was always seen as an american holiday that we got to see through the lens of sitcoms like the Brady Bunch and Eight is Enough. Halloween really didn't make a foray into the Australian culture until recently, and it has been viewed by most people as an activity for ex-patriot americans and their friends and then, another 'hallmark holiday' of sorts. At least it was for me.
Fast forward to last Tuesday night and I and my family were invited to dinner at the boarding house associated with the private school my wife and i work, and the theme of the night was 'halloween'. The staff and students had gone to a great deal of trouble of decorating the dining hall, and the kids costumes were - fantastic! My wife and I attended with our two boys dressed in the cheapest Spotlight (el-cheapo haberdashery) costumes of witch, pirate, scream-faced ghoul and wizard.
After dinner, I went and helped out my mate in the kitchen our consultant chef Xavier and his apprentice Clare. Near the end of the evening, we were asked to come back into the Dining Room where the kitchen staff were each given a gift of appreciation from the students. It was a great night.
Tonight, I am sure, we will have some drunken louts banging on our front door asking for sweets. Time to get the water canon out!
Have a great halloween!
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- Cormac McCarthy, The Road
Learn this from the waters:
in mountain clefts and chasms,
loud gush the streamlets,
but great rivers flow silently.
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