When I was a child Halloween was something that was celebrated in other countries. And to be honest doesn't have a lot of relevance here, being spring and all, rather than a Fall festival. With the arrival of a lot of American TV, American customs have been coming into our country. Sadly it seems the witchy, goul, ghosty side of things is the main type of costume you see.
For a long time, we didn't celebrate Halloween and put a sign on our gate "No trick or treaters". But as time goes on I began to wonder what message I was giving to the little children who only wanted a lolly or three. Did I really want their only contact with me all year to be me saying, "Go away, I have no treats for you"!??
I'm pretty sure if Jesus was here, he would give the children a lolly and a smile and send them on their way with a friendly wave, probably while telling them they didn't need to be afraid of the badies, His Dad is in charge. And so we do too, and I made some nice bright bunting and spruced up our entrance, all ready for tomorrow night.