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Rod Hewitt

November 06, 2013  1:07pm

if or not originally a church thing I am not sure, I will say that in the U.K now children dress up in all kinds of terrifying costumes, ,a lot of focus now is on Zombies, and other horrific ideas to do with Death and Evil ,I am not sure what we are trying to do to our youngsters here, I do not find any of it good just evil. I for one would like to see it banned, there are other good ways surely to meet people, not by dressing up in wicked costumes to terrify the old and threats of horrid things if they do not get treats. .Just my opinion.

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Marshall Shelley

November 01, 2013  8:40am

An odd thing happened last night as I sat at home waiting for trick-or-treaters. Only 5 showed up at the door all afternoon and evening! My Kit-kats are still in the bowl this morning. What's odd is that last Saturday, literally thousands of trick-or-treaters were at the mall, going store to store for treats. And at our church's "Trunk or Treat," there were hundreds there in the afternoon. Makes me wonder, Tony: if fewer parents are taking kids door to door for Halloween, and more are willing to go to the community's "safe places to trick or treat," then where is the best place for Christians to be on Halloween? I'm stumped.

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audrey ruth

October 31, 2013  11:59pm

Daniel did not study magic and astrology. This is what he DID do: "And the king spoke with them, and among all of them none was found like Daniel [and his friends]. Therefore they stood before the king. And in every matter of wisdom and understanding about which the king inquired of them, he found them ten times better than all the magicians and enchanters that were in all his kingdom." NOTE the words "wisdom and understanding" were BETTER than what the world had to offer. Yes, Tabitha's (Dorcas') Greek friends loved her. This does not mean that she violated God's Word in any way to be their friend. Jesus said we are to be IN the world but not OF it. I can see giving out candy with child-friendly Gospel messages if one has no children, but when my children were young I didn't find it appropriate for them to see horrific masks and sounds at our door all evening long. The Lord led us to focus on October 31 as Reformation Day, the day Martin Luther's 95 statements made history.

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Tony Kriz

October 30, 2013  10:04am

Daniel, Thanks for contributing to the conversation. -tony

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Daniel Fender

October 29, 2013  4:47pm

To be more specific we do two things: 1. While we trick or treat we give buy 2 dozen roses & with an invitation to a neighborhood Christmas party. We focus on neighbors we know and those closest to our home. This last year we had a great Christmas party. Not one car pulled up but the house was packed with 35+ neighbors! Halloween is one of those rare times when you can expect your neighbor to not only open the door but give you & your kids time to meet & enjoy the sweetness of being neighbors! Of course that sweetness involves candy as well! The counterintutive part of giving an invitation & a rose is that people don't expect it, are surprised & love it. Ironically my kids remember Halloween as the time we invite neighbors to celebrate Jesus’ birth! 2. We then come back home & set up a fire pit in the front yard & a canopy if the Portland drizzle has begun. We share hot cider with neighbors & hang out late into the night. We usually invite a handful of neighbors a few days before.

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