, Gloucester, MA

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October 19, 2013

Letter: Food for thought as near 'Hallow's Eve'

To the editor:

The evening had begun with the usual Halloween pranks.

Smoke bombs, toilet paper for trees, soap for windows and an occasional water balloon for some unsuspecting passer-by. Then, an older boy from down the street joined in.

He had grown tired of the pranks and suggested that they try some more exciting tricks. Under his guidance the band of kids slashed tires and broke glass in driveways. They poured oil on people’s front steps and threw rocks at windows. What had started as an evening of mischief, turned into a night of adolescent terrorism.

The children went wild with their destruction, causing residents to dread the idea of a Halloween yet to come ...

When we make someone a victim, we fall far short of the Glory of God. When we allow Halloween pranks or participate in trick or treat or any other Halloween custom, we help children to stumble and perhaps even fall.

Eve of All Hallows — Halloween — means a hallowed or blessed evening in honor of the departed saints. But is it really? Where did it come from?

It’s not important what we think of Halloween; it is however, important what the devil thinks of it. If the devil thinks of it as his holiday, then we as Christians should not even consider celebrating the day in any manner. As Christians, do we continue to help the devil by helping him to celebrate on his highest holiday. Think about it ... and is that really good for children?

Each year, there are countless examples of horror reported by the media. Reports of booby-trapped treats of all kinds — razors in apples, candy laced with drugs, poison or needles, and cookies made with ground glass are only a few of the horrors we hear of each year.

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