Why do we celebrate Halloween?” was the subject of the first sound-off letter in last weeks column.

First off, I would like to think the writer for the thoughtful ancient history lesson on the origins of Halloween.  I did know that it was originally traced to pagans and satanism (as most of us adults already know), but I did not know about Lord Samhain and the origin of jack-o-lanterns, which I found to be very interesting trivia.

When I was a child, it was fun to pick out a creative costume (or even make one myself!), dress up and go door-to-door hollering ‘trick or treat” in exchange for a ‘bribe’ of candy in order not to ‘trick’ anyone, which I had no intention of doing anyway.  I had no idea back then of the origins of that holiday, except that it was a fun thing for us kids to do.  Now that I have known about the original Halloween (all Hallows eve) for a long time, I still approve of celebrating Halloween.  Why is that possible if I now know that the origins were so evil?

Because Dear Sir, that WAS ancient history, and the children of today are just as clueless as I was 60 years ago. You are now proposing that we skip the only day of the year that children get to be creative and dress up, have fun on the expense of the adults and get rewarded with great candy.  REALLY??  How sad that you think the present day Halloween still has anything to do with the ancient history of it all, and we should just ‘skip it’.  How sad for the children if the adults do just that to ‘save’ them from any undue influence of ancient history.  What would we really lose if we skipped Halloween?  We would lose the best fun and creative day of the year that modern-day children get to have.

If Dr. Pillings letter horrified anyone, many churches have indoor activities on October 31st where children can still display their costumes, if that connection is allowed.  There are also family festivals at the local corn mazes.  But maybe we should skip that too, since the origin of mazes goes back to ancient Egypt, maybe even beyond the Pharoes, and they had weird old customs back then too, like mummification.  Since mummys make a great Halloween costume, that must tie into Halloween somehow, so we better not go to any mazes also.  And doing that makes about as much sense as Dr. Pilling’s letter does, after the valid ancient history lesson.

In the immortal last parting words to me just over a year ago, from the late, great Dr. Don Pates referring to Halloween activities: “And remember, don’t tip over any outhouses!”, I’m afraid I just tipped over Dr. Pilling’s outhouse.  My apologies, as a psychologist I’m sure you understand.


sharon campbell, nobody.

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