I walk through the halls of my high school, watching people in costume go by. The general conversation is about the big Halloween party after school, or trick or treating with friends. The occasional comment is made about it being an “excuse to dress up as a slut with no one complaining”. At that, I nodded my head in total agreement and made my way to class. For me, Halloween is a time for me to curl up with a book, shake my head and ask in despair, “Where have we gone wrong?”
Being 16, I know what it’s been like growing up in a culture where everyone is portrayed as equal, life is made of innocent fun, and we are shaped and molded by the media and the delusions passed on around us. Halloween is one such delusion. A holiday that originated as a celebration of the devil and spirits, we now turn it into simply a time to let go, get candy, dress up, and have fun. But when does this go too far?
I was listening recently to the nationally syndicated Michael Medved Show. He was arguing with his wife, Dr. Diane Medved, about how Halloween is based on evil, and asking her to list some positive things about it. Her first point was imagination. Supposedly, it gives kids a chance to express themselves through dressing up as various personas. In most cases, the child doesn’t care what they wear, as long as they get the candy they came looking for and get to eat it themselves. There are much better outlets with which to express imagination than dressing up once a year. Have them educated! As Hester Prynne say in Hawthorne’s The Scarlet Letter, “Be a scholar and a sage among the wisest and the most renowned of the cultivated world. Preach! Write! Act!” Teach your children to love music, to read and draw! That will be their future someday… not putting on costumes.
Dr. Medved went on to argue that this is one day out of the year for people, especially parents, to let go and slacken up a little on rules and activity. It makes me sick to think that she could sit there placing Halloween as a perfectly innocent thing when I can vouch that almost a quarter of my school will be using their parents' slack rules on this day to go and party. I cannot judge them all, but I live in an environment where that’s all the rage. So when parents and kids alike let go, all it does is feed the need for more and broader freedom to destroy them at a young age. When parents lose the ability to control or even know who their child truly is anymore, they have lost all power to raise them as is fit to give them the best life possible.
Another point Dr. Medved attempted to make was that the costume one decides to wear is a choice. If they want to show off most of their body, that’s okay. This was another point when I wanted to shout at the radio. Having your daughter (or son, should he choose to do so) go to school dressed promiscuously and portraying a “slutty” figure should not be a casual thing. The holiday has been twisted not only to ignore the fact of the original base in Satanism, but now to excuse improper attire and public appearance. Just because one has a body does not mean that the world wants to see that body shown off. I certainly don’t.
When mankind has seen fit to incorporate lies and excuses into culture today, it’s only taking away from the true values that should be taught to all. Halloween has evolved from a Satanic celebration to a free-for-all that centers around evil and commercialism. When we fail to realize this, and then are deluded ourselves into being blinded from the truth, we are opening up a whole new world of rationalization. What will be next? Sexual rampages? Free drug use? Chaotic, uncontrolled violence? All of these things seem like a mere worry for the future. But, all it takes is a single spark, and the allowance for society’s downfall will spread like wildfire. If Halloween is that spark, then who knows what we are getting ourselves into?Powered by Sidelines