Notes from the Newsroom
John I. Carney


Posted Friday, October 21, 2011, at 10:31 AM
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  • I don't understand how the alternative trick or treating day began. In the past kids trick or treated on the the day that October 31 fell on. Maybe the reason is that some of the parents of today's children are just to lazy to go out unless it is on a weekend night!

    -- Posted by Rodney Simmons on Fri, Oct 21, 2011, at 7:03 PM
  • Alot of people don't want to celebrate Halloween on Sunday for religious reasons. Personally, I don't see where it matters... if you don't want your kids to celebrate such an "evil" holiday on a Sunday, why would you let them go begging for candy any other day of the week? I love Halloween. Last year I took my son both Saturday AND Sunday nights, just different areas of town and only where porch lights were lit, haha!

    -- Posted by craftin_mom on Fri, Oct 21, 2011, at 9:29 PM
  • I don't think that the date should be moved for Halloween. Growing up, I remember going on the date and it was never moved. But after moving out here, we haven't gone since no one on our street apparently celebrates Halloween. But we are planning to take them this year on Monday.

    I noticed that in the events section it says "Trunk or Treat". I heard that it has something to do with churches where you can take your children to to trick or treat. Do you have to be a member of the church or is it for anyone.

    -- Posted by PrpleHze on Sat, Oct 22, 2011, at 11:49 AM
  • Rodney, sad but true ---- but for grandparents who love to trick or treat, that is one time it's not a pain for the parents to be lazy...... We get to have all the fun then.

    -- Posted by wonderwhy on Sat, Oct 22, 2011, at 3:31 PM
  • PrpleHze,

    I know when our church does trunk or treat it is open to anyone who wants to come. The adults often have as much fun as the kids since almost everyone decorates their trunks up for the kids.

    -- Posted by Sharon22 on Sat, Oct 22, 2011, at 11:42 PM
  • My reason for loving Halloween is a purely selfish one. I love the fact that my grandchildren share their candy with "paw-paw".


    -- Posted by Tim Lokey on Sun, Oct 23, 2011, at 12:32 PM
  • Anyone looking for Halloween activities on Halloween?

    The businesses on the Uptown Shelbyville Square are offering Trick or Treating in a safe environment. Merchants will give out candy from 3pm - 6pm on Halloween, Monday, October 31 and display a sign in their windows to "Trick or Treat Here". At 5:00pm a Costume Contest will be held on the east side of the Courthouse in the parking lot. 1st, 2nd & 3rd place prizes will awarded by age group.

    -- Posted by sfowler on Mon, Oct 24, 2011, at 9:30 AM
  • I wait to hear what day folks plan to observe Halloween.

    In my area,we get quite a few trick-or treaters. I'd hate to be absent when the youngsters come by and I'd dislike being on treat duty and have no one show up.

    Extending the holiday beyond the house-to-house 'spooking' offers lots of options (including ones that don't involve junk food or occult themes)for safe,enjoyable activities.

    Trunk parties,charitable donations,harvest festivals,blood drives/organ donation sign-ups,scary story contests,costumes and face-painting,luminaria,carved pumpkins,midnight thriller film marathons and seasonally appropriate games can all begin a series of

    events built upon warming up the cold,bleak months with generosity and creativity.

    If we go beyond Halloween to celebrate the lives of those we have lost,that's even better.

    We may not choose to honor them with little shrines,sugar skulls or skeletons portrayed in everyday activities but we may take time to be thankful that they were part of our lives.

    This time of the year need not be about being cruel,destructive or glorifying evil.

    It need not tempt us into over-indulgence.

    I like to think of it as the one time of year I

    can look a fright on purpose and listen to "Monster Mash" and "Love Potion Number Nine."

    -- Posted by quantumcat on Mon, Oct 24, 2011, at 7:51 PM
  • It is a tradition in my family and has been since I can remember to take the kids door to door trick or treating. I think 9 or 10 should be the age limit on "kids", I think anyone older than that shouldnt be allowed to trick or treat. I feel it is perfectly fine for the older ones to dress up for Halloween walking with the younger ones, just not go to each house for candy for themselves. Everyone should always be respectful and always say "Thank You". I dont feel like children without some kind of costume shouldnt be allowed to trick or treat because ANYONE can make a costume out of a paper bag and crayons even if they are the poorest family in town. It extremely bothers me to hear or read people that say trick or treating is "begging for candy". People that talk that way must have had a really terrible childhood and never had the opportunity to go out an experience trick or treating as a child. I could go out and buy my children candy instead of the Halloween costume...so obviously it is NOT begging for candy. Even as an adult I absolutely LOVE the houses that decorate for Halloween, so those of you that do...I appreciate the time, work, money and thought you have put into it.


    -- Posted by AmericanWoman on Mon, Oct 24, 2011, at 8:40 PM
  • If the parents have access to make-up or face paint,a "disguise" that washes off is a safer choice than the masks,old sheets,etc. some of us grew up with.

    Nowadays,there are temporary hair dyes,stickers,fake tattoos and unconventional combinations of regular clothes that can make great costumes for little or no expense.

    The cost is a lot less if it's spread out over more than one person or more than one use.

    Every year,t.v.,magazines and the web show easy,inexpensive ideas for outfits or decor.

    All it takes is a little research and creativity to find what meets our taste,budget and skill level.

    (Flashback to Wednesday Addams:

    "Why aren't you wearing a costume?"

    "I'm a serial killer. We look like everybody else." )

    -- Posted by quantumcat on Tue, Oct 25, 2011, at 11:49 AM
  • My kids are using what we have around the house instead of buying a costume. It helps them develop skills of learning to reuse something. My oldest is going as the daughter of Frankenstein simply using hair clips to hold hold her hair up along with hair spray. And the stitches being drawn will be with my eye liner.

    But I agree quantumcat, that kids can find anything to use to get dressed up. Also there are plenty of sites online that can give you advice on how to create a costume with what you already have at home.

    Hope everyone has a safe Halloween!!

    -- Posted by PrpleHze on Tue, Oct 25, 2011, at 12:23 PM
  • Last year things were very tight. I went in my kids room and came out with 2 costumes...my oldest had gotten a "cat in the hat" hat that summer, he wore black sweats, a little face crayon and a "white spot" out of an old tshirt and he was good go go. He loved it. The other one was a hobo...he grabbed his hiking stick and we put a "cloth" bag on it and dressed him in old/ratty jeans, some face crayon (dirt) and one of daddy's flannel shirts. They looked awesome and no cost. Mom always made our costumes...I love being orignal. I like the comment on the "serial" killer...what would make it great would be to carry an ax and a box of cereal. Will have to mention that to one of them this year. Be creative...they will remember it! :)

    -- Posted by neighborhood mom on Tue, Oct 25, 2011, at 8:41 PM
  • I bought a purple suit at a yardsale that fits my teenager perfect. He wont be trick or treating but he will be walking with us to take the little one from door to door. He will be dressed as the Joker from the newest Batman movie. The 6 year old wanted to be a zombie this year. My daughter plans on making him really gross looking. I hope it dont rain Monday night or they will be disapointed. And even though I didnt buy new costumes from the store, I didnt have the materials around the house so I still spent some to make my kids the little monsters that they are.

    -- Posted by AmericanWoman on Wed, Oct 26, 2011, at 6:48 AM
  • please come join us at the walking horse hotel in wartrace tn for the haunted hotel it friday 7-12 sat7-12 sun 7- 12 and monday 7 - 1 am....its unlike any haunted attraction you have ever seen,,,enter if you dare whaaahaaaa

    -- Posted by wartraceparanormaplgrou on Thu, Oct 27, 2011, at 2:39 PM
  • To quote an above statement : """Alot of people don't want to celebrate Halloween on Sunday for religious reasons. Personally, I don't see where it matters... if you don't want your kids to celebrate such an "evil" holiday on a Sunday, why would you let them go begging for candy any other day of the week? """ My questions : since halloween is acknowledge as an "evil" day, which it certainly is --why allow children to celebrate it at all ? If it's not appropriate for a Sunday activity " why would it be appropriate any other day of the week ?? Our belief in God's word should be practiced daily ---not just when we feel it should be ? RIGHT ?

    -- Posted by Zak on Fri, Oct 28, 2011, at 6:06 PM
  • "Keep on making sure of what is acceptable to the Lord."--EPHESIANS 5:10.

    If we want to keep ourselves in God's love, we must "touch nothing unclean" and jealously guard the truth against any form of corruption.--Isaiah 52:11; Ezekiel 44:23; Galatians 5:9.

    Known for its witches, goblins, and other grotesque decorations and paraphernalia, Halloween--also called All Hallows' Eve or the eve of All Saints' Day--can be traced back to the ancient Celts of Britain and Ireland. On the full moon nearest November 1, they celebrated the festival of Samhain, meaning "Summer's End." They believed that during Samhain, the veil between the human and the supernatural worlds was parted and that spirits, both good and evil, roamed the earth. The souls of the dead were thought to return to their homes, and families would put out food and drink for their ghostly visitors in hopes of appeasing them. Thus, when children today, dressed as ghosts or witches, go from house to house threatening a mischievous trick unless they receive a treat, they unwittingly perpetuate the rituals of Samhain.

    Sadly, after the death of the apostles, who acted as a restraint against apostasy, so-called Christians who had no love of truth began to adopt pagan customs, celebrations, and "holy" days, which they dubbed Christian. (2 Thessalonians 2:7, 10) note they reflect, not the spirit of God, but that of the world. Generally speaking, worldly celebrations have a common theme: They appeal to fleshly desires, and they promote false religious beliefs and spiritism--the hallmarks of "Babylon the Great." (Revelation 18:2-4, 23) Keep in mind, too, that Jehovah observed firsthand the disgusting pagan religious practices from which many popular customs originated. No doubt he finds such celebrations just as offensive today. Should not his view be what matters most to us?--2 John 6, 7.

    -- Posted by Zak on Wed, Nov 2, 2011, at 1:37 AM
  • Zak,

    Samhain is also what we call our New Year. It is a celebration of the harvesting time and is also a time when the Earth is the oldest. In Paganism, the belief is that the Earth goes through 4 stages of life. Birth (Spring), Adult(Summer), Old Age(Autumn) and Death(Winter).

    Samhain has always been celebrated with the fall foods such as pumpkins, apples, and corn. That is why at Halloween parties you "bob for apples" and decorate pumpkins.

    The beginning of Halloween actually goes back to the Roman times with the celebration of Parentalia, which is now called Samhain.

    Trick or treating was actually called souling. When the poor were allowed to go door to door and beg for food. Some cultures put food and treats on their doorsteps also, to feed the wandering spirits that passed through while traveling to their loved ones on that night.

    There has never been anything that is "evil" about Halloween at all. The fear about Oct. 31st comes from fear-mongers and horror films.

    -- Posted by PrpleHze on Wed, Nov 9, 2011, at 6:46 AM
  • Halloween's roots, although not found in the Bible, can be traced back to a pagan origin. The pre-Christian Egyptians, Greeks and Romans all celebrated a festival for the dead. These ancients believed that on these occasions the spirits of the dead returned; therefore food was left for them , as you mentioned , and lamps were kept burning so they would not lose their way.

    How can the spirits of the dead return , ? DEATH means opposite of life .. NON existence .

    and you're right The Celtic order of Druids worshiped Samhain, lord of the dead, as well as a sun-god to whom the horse was sacred. On November 1, which was also their New Year, they held a joint festival in honor of these gods. It was believed that the souls of those who had died the previous year because of their sins were confined to the bodies of lower animals, and at the time of this festival Samhain assembled them together, and they were released to go to the Druid heaven. On the eve of the feast of Samhain the pagan Celts used to keep bonfires burning, believing that this would protect them from evil spirits.

    The many features of today's Halloween and Day of the Dead celebrations can be traced directly back to paganism. The ancients associated this time of the year with the" supernatural" and with the thronging of" dead spirits," so it was right in line with Catholic church policy to adopt this date for their All Saints' and All Souls' Day. The people were thus able to keep their pagan customs and beliefs and still celebrate what are called Christian festivals of the highest rank. But the varnish applied by Christendom to these pagan feasts is so thin that there is no questioning the fact that Halloween is rooted in paganism.

    yet you say there is nothing evil about it ? Think about what is involved during that time .


    -- Posted by Zak on Fri, Nov 11, 2011, at 5:18 AM
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