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Evil Is in the Eye of the Beholder!

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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

prevention?

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

a ninja!”

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…