Thanks to Jeff.
Before I get to the heart of the article I just wanted to point out one thing. The headline says “southerners” yet at the very end of the article, they quote a police lieutenant from Michigan. I guess they mean south of Canada.
Anyway, back to the matter at hand.
Ah yes. It’s that time of year. The leaves are changing colors. There’s a chill in the air. And all the religious nuts have their holy underwear in a bunch over Halloween. Let’s read some quotes…
“It’s a day for the good Lord, not for the devil,” said Barbara Braswell, who plans to send her 4-year-old granddaughter Maliyah out trick-or-treating in a princess costume on Saturday instead.
“You just don’t do it on Sunday,” said Sandra Hulsey of Greenville, Georgia. “That’s Christ’s day. You go to church on Sunday, you don’t go out and celebrate the devil. That’ll confuse a child.”
Come on people. Get over yourselves already. It’s not “the devils day”. If there were any evil connotations to Halloween it’s long been forgotten. It’s a time for kids to get candy. That’s it. Anyone who uses Halloween as an evil holiday is usually a bunch of mutants who think they’re badass or something. Don’t rob your kids of a childhood just because you’re an overzealous wingnut. I’m sure the stories will get more interesting as we get closer to Halloween.
I think it should be taken away from the kids. And I’ll tell you why.
Back in 1999 during my last exile in Philly, I was walking to get a cheesesteak on Halloween night and parents were taking their kids trick or treating into bars. Then I thought about it more. With all the child abductions that have been happening within the past year or so trick or treating is just not the brightest idea anymore. I mean we tell our kids not to take candy from strangers but on Halloween it’s ok. Then we dress them up in costumes that make it even easier for someone to abduct them. Have parties for them at school or the firehouse, but don’t make it easier on pedophiles to steal your kids.