We enjoyed our 5th consecutive Halloween “Trunk or Treat” at Mt. Carmel. It was a night of fun, candy, little ones, smiling parents and grandparents.
I am hard pressed to list the top costumes for the night—either in design or sheer number. However, these stood out—Mario, Lightning McQueen, zombies, and a myriad of non-descript characters with bad teeth! Of course, there were some innocent “pumpkin” infants, monkeys, and an assortment of super-heroes.
The top award goes to the “Toy Story” crew, who thanks to “Momma G” always deserves the spotlight. My personal favorite was the authentic “M.A.S.H.” jeep complete with Hawkeye Pierce & Margaret “Hot Lips” Houlihan. Demerits are in order for the “Bro. Bill” and “Mr. Todd” look-alikes and the “church ladies!”
I understand why many debate the appropriateness of such a holiday. There’s no denying that Halloween, among other things, is a day when people escape into another reality. We masquerade. We pretend. Sometimes we may even go overboard. I don’t judge those that dress up (I have myself). The whole idea of escaping our problems for one night of fun makes sense.
Admittedly, some costumes are disturbing—violence, death, devils and such—especially when marketed to children. We don’t allow kids to step into an “R-rated” movie, but we allow them to dress up like an ax murderer. Go figure!
Here is my question: Who is it that we wish we could be? Rich? Strong? Happy? Whole? All of us, at some level, wish we could be something that we’re not.
Some people look at their lives and want to wear a mask that is different than their current situation because “anything else would be better than this.” I can understand that.
Let me suggest Jesus of Nazareth. Galatians 3:25-27 says,
“…By faith in Christ you are in direct relationship with God. Your baptism in Christ was not just washing you up for a fresh start. It also involved dressing you in an adult faith wardrobe—Christ’s life, the fulfillment of God’s original promise.” (The Message)
Putting on Christ’s life is something we can really do!