Today, is Halloween or Hallows Eve, and I have been caught a bit off guard (sorta speak). I had been so caught up in organizing the Angels Walk that I paid very little attention to the up-coming holiday…truthfully I am very glad not to have given it a “second thought”.
There was a time, when trying to figure out kids costumes for the holiday, decorating, participating in the many city events, trying to find the coolest treats was something I somewhat enjoyed, however as the years progressed and what (to me) was a cute holiday, when you could dress up in fantasy and fear was overtaken by sexuality, homicide, terror, and evil…am I over-doing it? Maybe. But, tell me, have you noticed the changes in costumes? They are no longer simple, inexpensive, nor homemade cuteness but rather expensive, must haves, which many times are even a bit to sexy for little girls…whom the holiday was intended for. It has become the IT holiday which has made me step back.
But, what really has made me rethink the holiday is…how the length of the day has been extended…have you noticed? Small example first, I recently was a the party store and I noted that they had change their hours for Halloween, they had extended their hours not only for the last few days of the holiday but for the most part of the month. As I talked to the clerk, she mentioned that over two weeks before the day they had worked until 2am CRAZY. Big example, here, in the state where I live, haunted houses have not only started on the 1st of October but many have actually been going through the whole year. What’s that about? Weren’t haunted houses somewhat of a treat or rather trick for Halloween? When did they become mainstays?
For the last couple of years, I have caught myself “seeing” how this holiday has been numbing us to “demons”. If you really look at how our society has embraced this holiday and how much evil overtaken our surroundings, you might rethink what goes on. When Our Lady of Fatima came to the three little children, she allowed them a quick glimpse into what hell was… and Sister Lucy gave us a depiction of what it is: http://www.cfnews.org
Vision of Hell