Let’s just eliminate all fun and use of imagination! I am giving an
unapologetic rant, today! I was astonished to read of the newest
“victim” of right wing Christians: pumpkins that are carved into
Jack-O-Lanterns! They are on a newly extended “hit list” that is just
taking this a little too far.
I fully understand why they consider Halloween a “pagan ritual” but
do think almost all children would not realize the implications of evil
in wearing costumes and gathering large amounts of candy into bags.
I have “held my tongue” and cooperated with the schools (and preschools)
that have decided to turn their Halloween costume parties into Harvest
Fests. I have never complained to my grandchildren or let on to the
fact that 4 of 6 grandchildren will not be having Halloween parties. They
will have cider and donuts, or possibly even cupcakes with pumpkins
and leaves being the decorations instead of witches, goblins, vampires
and zombies! (Side comment: both the 4 year olds like those “scary”
images and don’t have nightmares with them involved.)
Being scared is part of being a child. Remember being afraid of the dark,
clowns, dolls, what was in your closets or under your beds? If you teach
your child fear, this can be good! Don’t want them going off with strangers
nor accepting food, candy or other things without adult or parental
permission! I am fine with those very important lessons learned in these
“stranger danger” possibilities. I would prefer some fear in their lives…
I loved scary stories, yet did have a few bad dreams or nightmares, while
a child, though. I liked “ghost stories” due to the way the goosebumps
made me feel scared but alive!
Here is a new list of things that are being taken out of the New York
City schools’ tests, due to recent NYC Dept. of Education mandates:
1. “Dinosaurs” (due to people who don’t believe in evolution)
2. “Birthdays” (Jehovah’s Witness have a problem with them. So, can we
still celebrate the LIVES of famous people around their birthdays?
Abraham Lincoln and George Washington, others come to mind…)
3. “Creatures from Outer Space,” so Aliens cannot conform to Bible
teachings but how about imagination and silly monsters?
4. “Homes with pools” really, I could not make this up! Not sure but
am trying to reason that some people would be underprivileged
enough not to recognize them and would not “test well” using these.
5. “Computers,” really again trying hard to rationalize why?
6. “Vermin.” Enough said.
7. “Junk food.” How about lessons on not eating them?
8. “Abuse.” Well, we don’t want to teach them about it, but how about
9. “Terrorism,” always a very touchy subject.
10. “Divorce.” Not sure why testing would be skewed with this but okay.
11. “Holidays.” Enough said, again.
When you were little you probably loved those holidays with candy and
fun, like passing Valentines out and getting dressed up and collecting
door to door candy. If you are from somewhere you weren’t exposed to
these “customs” and let’s not call them “holidays,” maybe you had another
one or two that included fun, games and treats. In Mexico, a piñata would
be great filled with candy! Name some in your country, include any times
you were allowed to wear a costume, please, too!
Here are some areas that are now being added to concerns of people
when considering costumes and celebrating Halloween:
In Sandy, Utah a conservative citizens’ group don’t want children to
wear any “cross-dressing costumes” or “masks,” either.
I had a wonderful read today in the Cleveland papers of a woman
who wrote an editorial reply to this, paraphrased as”
“If you think my son wearing a ‘Daphne’ character’s costume from
“Scooby Doo” cartoons will make him (or turn him) into a gay, I
need to worry about your son turning into an axe murderer or
Another group, from an area down by my “neck of the woods,” is
telling members of the Maryland Elementary in Bexley, Ohio that
some children may not have enough money for costumes so that
is a good reason to not have a Halloween costume party. Hey!
What about the ghosts made out of sheets, the cats with all black
leotards with black eyeliner whiskers, the hobo costumes, the
farmer or scarecrow costumes where you use overalls and plaid
shirts, or the 70’s hippies or 50’s bobby sox outfits? Aren’t these
fun and inventive ways for parents to dig up stuff out of their
closets? And, yes, my son did dress up as a woman with a wig,
dress and high heels: he is married and has two children and
two stepkids, too!
How about a ban on scary costumes? How about just friendly
ones like Casper the Friendly Ghost or Scooby Doo? I like the
princess ones that the little girls wear year round to the grocery
store and the little black cape and Batman half mask that my
oldest grandson wore everywhere he went. I liked the cowboy
boots passed down from my brother to my oldest daughter,
who wore them, even in Christmas pictures with Santa Claus.
Two more Evangelists who are complaining about Halloween:
Pat Robertson says, “Halloween is Satan’s Night.”
Kimberly Daniels says, Most of the candy sold during this season,
has been dedicated and prayed upon by witches.” (Jacksonville, FL)
I don’t think innocent children have “devilish” intentions and I am
not sure that the majority of their parents do either!
Hope I did not step on too many toes here! You are allowed freedom
of speech, I agree to disagree with some of the opinions expressed
by my opposition. I will be polite, your turn to rant…