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"There are three things I have learned never to discuss with people: religion, politics, and the Great Pumpkin." - Linus van Pelt

Halloween has always been one of my favorite holidays, since childhood. It wasn't the free candy, which was an added bonus of course, and it wasn't particularly the costumes. It was, for lack of a better way to really put it, how ludicrous the Holiday seemed. Growing up in North America, regardless of your background or religion, you always found yourself following the more Christian holidays. But Halloween has nothing religious about it. In fact, it's almost as far from religion as possible - the embracing magic, witches, demons and ghosts. It is, particularly in it's more modern manifestation, one of the most secular of holidays.

The Politics of Halloween? Halloween is the essence of a true democracy. For one, it's fair game to ridicule anyone with Halloween masks that depict them comically. Whether it be your friends, your enemies, political leaders, past and present. Halloween puts everyone on an even playing field. And as children utter the wordS: Trick or Treat, they are providing the person on the other side of that doorway a choice. Democracy in action! Give me candy, or I'll play a trick on you. Much better than the real world of politics, where the line seems more like: Give me candy, and then I'll play a trick on you and get more candy. No, there's no real politics in Halloween. Everything is left aside - some dress up as devils, some dress as angels. Some dress as vampires, and some as vampire slayers. Same as taxmen, and some as tax evasionists. And everyone gets along, because they're all working towards the common goal of candy acquisition.

Halloween is great because it is available to everyone - it doesn't discuss religion, politics, or shove the Great Pumpkin down your throat. It allows children to be imaginative and creative - and, as they grow older and become more superficial, it's the designer, store-bought costumes that are lame and made fun of. The best ones are the ones people make themselves. How different life would be for those who make their own clothing, because they cannot afford the latest Gap clothing. I've seen costumes from hilarious to slightly annoying, ones which are great for parties, and ones which are horribly impractical. (As a tip, if you're going to a party, avoid the type of costume which will eventually cause you to remove parts of it, as you begin to sweat too much, or as people have a harder time getting around you... huge masks that connect to body armor with massive spikes can be a little cumbersome.)

The best part about Halloween is not the candy, nor the costumes. It's the mentality of it all. The fact that everyone is trying to one-up each other with a better costume. It's a big game of poker, where you get choose your hand. You don't know what other people are going to do, but you know they'll go with original and funny and so your goal is to be more original and more funny. Lately, some people have tried to take the costumes out of Halloween with these bizarre internet-cults that dress up on random days, like zombies and vampires. But that's hardly the same. In fact, those people are just plain weird. They're the ones hunting for Easter Eggs in August. There's something about October 31st, with the pumpkins, and the sudden abundance of orange and black that wraps it all into one nice package.

And if you don't want to be a part of it all, you can always sit out in a pumpkin patch waiting for the Great Pumpkin. That is, if you are a believer.
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Matty

Matty

Actually Halloween has everything to do with religion. The word Halloween has origins in the Catholic Church. It's the Eve of All Hallows Day (or All Saints Day).
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alishahnovin

ALISHAHNOVIN

Replying to Matty:
Well that takes care of that. No more Halloween for me.

Just kidding. I was aware that it originated from All Saints Day, but that is more the name of Halloween. The traditions we practice in North America, however, have very little to do with the religious origins of the word. The idea of goblins and demons walking the Earth on October 31st, was an Gaelic thing as was the practice to wear costumes to make the demons feel at ease... which is not really a religious notion.

But particularly in modern times, the act of trick or treating, dressing up like pirates has very little religious origin. The only things that are still tied with those origins are the pumpkin carvings, and perhaps maybe the costume parties - which could in someways be reminiscent of the traditional bonfire ceremonies - though, we aren't trying to appease the demons so much as we are trying to appease to the opposite sex.

Matty

Matty

I agree. Halloween has cut it's ties with it's religious origin and turned into a day for kids to dress up as their favorite movie/tv show character, eat more candy than usual and have a "free day" in school. I've always enjoyed Halloween and I can also say that it's one of my favorite holidays. I like the change of weather, how it gets darker earlier and how the spookiness of Halloween ties into that.
It's definitely a day to try and appease the opposite sex. That's been my goal every October 31st since 6th grade! LOL

Sorrel

Sorrel

Looking for a slutty costume I came across this response to the holiday: "no one can dabble in the occult and come away unshackled. It is not harmless games and fun. Occult involvement whether done innocently of not, is disobedience to God's Word." If you really don't want to be a part of it all you can join Pastor Scrooge Pat Holliday, Ph.D as he talks about the evils of witchcraft and satanism.

Wallaceofspades

Wallaceofspades

I think the creator of the Peanuts (Charles Schultz?) was trying to prove that Christmas and Easter weren't the only holidays that deserved mascots, and why couldn't Halloween have one, when he created The Great Pumpkin. He is just as real as Santa Claus.



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