In Praise of Halloween

In response to those Christian voices who decry and denounce the celebration of Halloween, my friend Rev. Marie Mainard O'Connell (minister and unapologetic celebrant) penned this ode a few years ago. She has graciously allowed me to post it here. I think it should be read aloud in the town square (if we still had such things) every year. In defense and praise of Halloween! Rally the hordes of children in masks! Man ...

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Halloween Party for Seniors

Our Doubting Believer Community mission emphasis in September is Older Adults--in our churches, our families and our communities. Here's an easy-to-throw Halloween Party to use with, well, anyone, but it is especially geared toward older adults.  You could do all of these activities or just one or two. Not everyone will be into it, but people who love Halloween never stop enjoying it. Guess the Weight Pumpkin  Bring in a large pumpkin ...

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Be Not Afraid–Day One

This is part one of the Be Not Afraid series that will appear here every day leading up to Halloween. At the heart of the message of the Gospel is "be not afraid." However, we can believe in the Gospel and share the Gospel and do our best to live out the Gospel and still have times when we are afraid. First lesson of fear: Don't be afraid of it. Fear can be ...

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Could Halloween Be Just What We Need?

I live in a neighborhood that gets besieged at Halloween. We have sidewalks and streetlights that provide the perfect trick-or-treat set-up. Not only do we have a lot of kids in our neighborhood, but people truck in (or mini-van in) to our neighborhood. We've never been able to buy enough candy to outlast the stream of trick-or-treaters. There are some neighbors who resent the intrusion, but our family loves the ...

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