If a church has a function on October 31st that involves candy and costumes, it’s a Halloween event! “No Bob, you’re wrong! It’s a Harvest, Holy, Happy Night!!” Wrong. It’s a Halloween event.
I understand the desire to create a safe and fun alternative to Halloween. But let’s call it what it is: Halloween. We aren’t doing this event in July or April. We’re handing out candy and putting on costumes on the same day everyone else is – Halloween.
If you want unchurched teenagers to attend your event, unless they’re farmers, Harvest night won’t make sense. “Halloween” will. I think we change the name because it makes us feel as though we aren’t celebrating the bad “holiday”.
To reiterate: if you putting on a costume and giving and receiving candy, then you’re celebrating Halloween. Shakespeare wrote, “What’s in a name? That which we call a rose by any other name would smell as sweet.” Translation: if it walks like a duck and quacks like a duck…I think you get the point.
So can we all officially get over it and just call it what it is? a Halloween event.
Thank you – Rant over…and Happy Halloween 🙂
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