Halloween fills the imagination of kids with rotten images

If my kids were little, they would not go trick-or-treating on Halloween.

I know that makes me sound like a stick in the mud but I have good reasons. When my kids were little, we took them to shopping malls (including the Farm Shopping Center) where we had a reasonable expectation that the candy they got would be safe. Plus, the centers were well lit and most had some security available.

Some hospitals will x-ray bags of candy to see if some sicko or would-be terrorist has slipped a razorblade into a candy bar. It’s a safe bet that you want to immediately throw away any candy that has been opened.

Another problem with kids is they get too much candy on Halloween. Let’s face it, you can’t keep kids from getting and eating a little too much sugar but it’s easy to collect a big bag of candy that lasts for days and days.

Here’s a trick I used. I bought excess candy from my kids. They were happy to get some extra cash and I took the candy to work so I wouldn’t eat it. I threw away stuff like Jolly Ranchers because they are pure sugar (and I ate a few of the chocolate bars myself).

We sometimes took our kids to homes of relatives, close friends or nearby neighbors because they got a kick out of seeing the kids in costume and we knew the candy wasn’t dangerous.

When I was a kid in the 1960s, some cheap neighbors would throw a handful of unwrapped candy corn in your bag. It was really good but messy. One really nice lady gave out caramel apples one year. She ran out quickly as word spread among us kids. She didn’t drop them in your bag – she carefully handed them to you and we ate them on the spot. They were loaded with sugar but you were forced to eat a piece of fruit along with the caramel.

Another problem with Halloween is the costumes.

Americans spend way too much money on costumes. Companies rent empty retail spaces and open up huge Halloween stores filled with junk from China just to cater to parents who want cute costumes and teens and adults who want nasty or sexy costumes.

Walmart is a madhouse on Halloween with cheap costumes.

Do you really want your 5-year-old dressing up like a zombie or the undead? Is that a memory that you want to implant in a young mind and psyche?

When I was a kid, I accidentally saw the original King Kong movie. I had a recurring nightmare for years. Think of the nightmares that can be inspired by the demonic costumes that line the shelves of the Halloween stores.

Zombie costumes are not the only offensive ones. Would you dress your daughter up in a French maid costume? What message does that send?

And guess what – Halloween is the favorite holiday for homosexuals, transvestites and cross dressers. A few years ago, I walked into a Subway sandwich shop on Halloween and there sat a really ugly old guy dressed up like a woman.

When I was a kid, I went to house in our neighborhood and the guy answered the door in drag. It was very disturbing.

In the good old days, when someone like Milton Berle put on a dress, it was for laughs. Now it has a sinful motivation that promotes perversion.

I don’t go to bars so I can’t even imagine what a homosexual bar would look like on Halloween. Let’s just say that nothing in there could pass for “wholesome.”

I have some Christian friends who don’t let their children celebrate Halloween and I really respect that. We didn’t let our kids go to Harry Potter movies – despite their protests. Parents should set the standards.

Many churches provide “harvest parties” as wonderful alternatives to trick-or-treating. This keeps the kids from being deprived of a party and avoids the sugar rush plus the nasty costumes.

Isn’t it interesting that while Halloween has gotten bigger and bigger as a holiday that Easter has been de-emphasized more and more? I would guess the majority of public elementary schools will have stuff on their walls about Halloween this week but nothing about Easter next spring. The exception might be an Easter bunny, which has nothing to do with the real meaning of Easter – the resurrection of Jesus Christ.

It’s always tempting to turn off the porch light on Halloween to discourage trick-or-treaters but we always buy a sack of chocolate candy to hand out. Some years we get a couple of dozen knocks on our door – some years hardly any. (We always make sure we buy candy we like for leftovers).

It’s fun to see little kids dressed in cute costumes. It’s strange to see teenagers or even college students going door to door, but that happens. We don’t get a lot of poor kids in our neighborhood. If we did, I would give them extra – even though it would diminish the leftovers.