Here is a link about Halloween. I know that people get caught up in the excitement of trick or treating, and some churches go out and collect canned goods for the poor and needy (which I used to do years ago in Virginia, for Halloween). However, I also know that right after Halloween is over, the flus start setting in, and kids get sick from eating so much candy.
What I'm talking about is the pagan aspect of Halloween. I think it's a great idea that a lot of churches offer programs for children to keep them off of the streets.
The history of Halloween dates back 2000 years ago, in Ireland. Halloween is an ancient "Celtic" festival of Samhain. They lived in Ireland, The United Kingdom, and France. Instead of celebrating the new year on January 1, the Celts celebrated it (Samhain) November 1st. October 31st, they believed in ghosts, "when it was believed that the ghosts of the dead returned to earth. In addition to causing trouble and damaging crops, Celts thought that the presence of the otherworldly spirits made it easier for the Druids, or Celtic priests, to make predictions about the future". http://www.history.com/content/halloween/real-story-of-halloween .
What are your beliefs about Halloween? Do you feel it is safe for the kids? Do you let your kids go trick or treating? Do you go trick or treating with them? Do you have a special CHURCH EVENT that you would like others to know about? Just let me know about your event, and I'll be glad to post it here. Have a safe month!