On celebrating Halloween

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We were still in Manila on Halloween night. The kids were little bit culture shocked when we entered SM North Edsa Mall in Quezon City because almost everybody were in Halloween costume. Many were dressed in Dracula, floating Lady, Frankenstein and Vampire . Sales ladies donned in their witch hat and in heron bird Halloween costumes . Going inside the restaurant seems going to a horror house. Spider webs were all around the place and the lights were dimmed. Hmmm… my kids were tempted to buy mask and cap with horn sold at the isle but my hubby stopped them . He suggested better not to blend in to the crowd.

I pity those kids who were robbed with their innocence wearing devilish attires. There was a little girl dress in white with blood all-over her clothes and face. The parents were so proud tagging along her little girl as if they were on a parade. Hmmm… I guess they were just catching attention ( KSP? Kulang sa pansin?) Later that night I learned that SM threw a contest on different categories. The prizes given were big , thus the reason everybody were trying hard to display their most frightening costumes.

To be honest, I didn’t enjoy watching them . I may sound to be silly, barriotic or ignorant but that’s what I really felt. What’s in a Halloween? It seems the devil is magnified on this occasion . Please don’t get me wrong, I am not trying to be self-righteous here or too spiritual but I think God is not glorified in occasion like this. What values or lessons can we teach to our children on this event? It is so shallow to say that it is for fun….. Is commercialism be blamed on this? I guess Halloween is more celebrated than the Holy week . What do you think?

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