I am so sorry for my week long absence! As faithful readers know, Halloween is very busy around here. I do the leg work and Sister St. Aloysius does the sewing. Sister Mary Fiacre needs a little more care these days, and the whole house is covered in rick rack and snippets of thread. We haven't had time to even think about putting up a few little outdoor decorations. I am partial to those fake cobwebs. Sometimes it comes with plastic spiders to stick in there.
I thought I'd better get to this timely question, so it got moved to the top of the queue.
Dear Sister Mary Martha,
As the Catholic mother of three children 5 and under, I am very concerned about Halloween. This year I have decided we will go out with the kids in Saint or soon-to-be Saint costumes (an Angel, Blessed Kateri, and Saint Michael). It seems like the holiday though is now much scarier and gorier than I remember it as a child. Should we protect our children and abstain completely from the festivities or should we wage spirital warfare and show others the Christian side of this now quite secular and perhaps even demonic holiday?
It's lovely that the children are going as saints and angels, but I wouldn't start a Holy War over, what is for a small child, a gentle little holiday involving candy and dress up. It's such fun to dress up. That's all they care about. That, and candy. Yay! Candy!
It's not really a demonic holiday. It's a very Catholic holiday. Holiday/Holy Day.
But if you are new to our little convent on the internet, here is what goes on around here and my take on Halloween in general. I can't believe this blog is FOUR YEARS OLD! But four years ago, this was my Halloween adventure:
Grab a cup of coffee, a mug of tea and share my own Halloween horror!
Let's not overthink this Halloween thing.
Into the fray
The Close Shave
You may be pleased to know that, four years later, the employee turnover rate has made it possible for me to buy orange rick rack at the fabric store once more.