When you were in elementary school, did you ever have a friend whose parents banned them from celebrating Halloween? If not, take my word for it — there are few things in this world more depressing to witness.
In recent years it has become relatively common, especially in certain Christian circles, for parents confronted with the choice “Trick or Treat?” to choose “None of the above,” both for themselves and more importantly for their children. They cite the holiday’s alleged pagan roots or the purportedly dangerous, evil influences of witch costumes and ghost decorations. Some go so far as to claim that observing Halloween is akin to devil worship.
As Halloween approaches, I have a simple message for these parents: lighten up.