Halloween – All Hallows Eve: A Christianized old Celtic holiday intended to honor and pray for the dead one cares about. By the time we were growing up, it had morphed into a night for costume parties indoors and for young boys, playing tricks on neighbors after dark. Writing on windows with soap, ringing doorbells and running away and pushing over outhouses were though hilarious.
There was no Social Security or unemployment insurance, people expected to take care of themselves and those who could not, went to the poorhouse. Recipients of what little government help existed (charity was for churches and private individuals) were shamed thereby.
Today, Halloween entitles kids and where we live, young people and some adults to demand free candy at every front doorstep upon which they choose to stop; it is now somehow owed to them. The catchphrase: “Trick or treat” implies extortion; the bribe intended to preclude some mischief, but nowadays the implied threat is empty. No tricks are played anymore; the kids just go out and collect their entitlements. Religiosity has disappeared along with the mischief. How dull and meaningless it has become …
And how well it now fits the larger culture with its religion abandoned and its members somehow now entitled to everyone else’s wealth, to be delivered by government.