Since I live in the Halloween Capitol of the World, I’m required to celebrate this day. I’m not a believer in ghosts and goblins, even though the city of Anoka is known to have several of them residing within some of the older buildings. They make a big deal about Halloween here in my home town. There are at least three parades along with pumpkin tossing, bobbing for apples, hayrides and costume parties of all sorts. Funny thing is, when I went to purchase some fall decorations, I was lucky to find some. Most of them have been shelved for the year and are now replaced with Christmas decorations. I suppose Valentine’s Day stuff will be showing up on Black Friday.
This year I imagine there will be tons of little monsters roaming the streets, looking for a free handout. Like their parents are going to love the dental bills that will resilt in a few months. Usually we only get a handful of children knocking on our door. There are many churches now offering Trunk or Treat events to replace the problems that seemed to occur before. Now folks decorate their cars, get in costume and pass out candy in a safe environment. It may not get them into the church, but bribery has worked before.
I know all about costumes. I used to make lots of them as a director of childrens’ plays. I had accumulated quite a collection of wigs, hats, shoes, apparel from different time periods. Up until a couple of years ago, I had retained most of them. Over the past five years, I’ve managed to get rid of most of them, but just when I give a bunch of stuff away, people begin to request costumes from me. Maybe they’ll get the hint eventually.
Last year we faced unusual circumstances when it came time for Trick or Treat. A new spook showed up in our country and it set the nation into fits of fear and isolation. The threat remains, but somehow, people are tired of being restricted and are gathering in huge groups again I pray that it won’t create future problems, but there comes a time when we must set our fears aside. God doesn’t want us to be afraid. He promises us peace from all the cares of this world. Still those evil creatures that carry gloom and doom on their shoulders find it hard to give up. They delight when we’re down in the dumps. They rejoice when we give in to fear. Don’t let them win.
And though this world, with devils filled,
should threaten to undo us,
we will not fear, for God hath willed
His truth to triumph through us.
The Prince of Darkness grim,
we tremble not for him;
his rage we can endure,
for lo, his doom is sure;
one little word shall fell him.
Martin Luther, “A Mighty Fortress is our God”