There's an article about Halloween making it's rounds today.
I couldn't get past #2 in this article without asking if this family celebrates Christmas or any other holiday that originated as a pagan holiday. Based on their reasoning given here for rejecting Halloween, one could logically conclude that they don't.
For the most part, I don't agree with the rest of her article or her underlying premise that everyone participating in Halloween is doing scary, evil, "sexy", and/or bad things for a day whether their heart intentions when doing so are bad or good.
There's nothing evil that we're temporarily doing for a day. We're not living any differently today than we do any other day. There are no false pretenses we're making therefore no one we're "leading astray" by panhandling for candy from those willingly giving it out.
I don't believe we're aligning ourselves with the world by our kids getting candy on Halloween anymore than we are by putting up a tree at Christmas.
Or did we want to go there too? Did we need to also pull down THAT sacred cow? Because if we're going to say that one is bad, then let's stop and evaluate ALL of the pagan holidays that we, as Christians (or the Catholic Church to be more accurate) co-opted.
Now, all of that being said, I will say this: Choosing to abstain from any holiday is a personal decision. There is nothing wrong with making that decision. The only wrong comes in, in my opinion, when you judge others as less than yourself or as less of a Christian because they aren't making the same choice as you.
This is not a sin issue, in my opinion. Rather, it's a decision to be made between you and your spouse according to your convictions for your family and situation.
Instead of judging those who choose differently than you, let's operate in love.
You can't ever go wrong operating in love and grace, in my opinion.
But also, free chocolate.