Halloween, more than any other religious holiday, has become utterly secular, and it's not a recent phenomenon. It was a time to play dress up when I was a kid, and it still is today. Since I am incredibly old, thats saying something. It was originally meant to be a day to honor all the saints, so I suppose a protestant country isn't quite sure what to do with that sort of thing. Still, Mexico has a holiday for placating the dead, and I suspect that some pagan seed still left in our collective psyche gets it's day in the sun, so to speak, because dead people still scare the hell out of us. Give them something, and they will go away. Or, just make a movie.
How it got turned into Princesses and ET and God knows what else is a question better addressed by someone above my pay grade, but most of us like to pretend to be something we are not, for one night, and what's the harm in that? My grandkids will be coming down to spend halloween at our house because Dad has some serious electrical issues that require his presence under the house and all power shut off for unconsionably long periods of time. Amelia asked Grandma what she was going to be for Halloween, and she said we weren't going to dress up. Amelia is very worried about us, because she has never heard of such a thing. Mom always takes them trick or treating in full costume, so she has her expectations about normal adult behavior, and we are not fitting the paradigm.
We could perhaps make this a teachable moment by explaining that there are many people with different ideas out there in the world, but I imagine we will take the easy way out and hide in the house like we usually do, and mom will take her to selected houses to collect candy here in town. I suppose it will eventually seem hypocritical to her that we send her out to houses where the lights are on, meaning there is candy to be had, while we, in our darkness, shout 'bah, humbug' to the whole neighborhood, but getting two month's worth of candy in one night will probably keep her from thinking about the inconsistancy for long.
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