Welcome to Day Four of Coffin Hop 2011. For a chance at Nate Southard's novella, He Stepped Through, visit Monday's blog. For a chance to win an ARC of Chris Golden's Cemetery Dance short story collection, The Secret Backs of Things, visit Tuesday's blog. For a chance to win The Cage and The Last Zombie, both by Brian Keene, visit yesterday's blog.
Every Halloween, I'm always thankful that my wife totally throws her weight behind the holiday and goes out of her way to make it special for the whole family.
She decorates (though she does this for every holiday), gets into the kids' costumes, tolerates my love of it - being totally okay with the idea of me dressing up, even though this is the first year I'm doing it in a while - we read the kids Halloween books, have the Halloween countdown calendar with a pocket containing a prize for every day, we get into our Jack O'Lanterns, (having developed a routine, every year, of going to get the pumpkins a few weeks ahead) and we'll do the old fashioned Trick-or-Treating (not this Trunk or Treat business) to family and friends' houses Halloween night.
Now, you might think this isn't a big deal. Most mothers are okay with Halloween, making holidays special in their home, right? But, like me, my wife is a Christian. And among some Christians - Halloween's a big "no-no". Based on old, evil pagan holiday, and all that. Celebrating Halloween is right up there with offering your kids hard liqour, according to some of the more fundamentalist folks.
Now, I don't get into matters of religion much - at all, really - on this blog, and I only converse about our faith as it plays out in our family's journey. But I can't tell you how happy I am that my wife - Christian, like myself - isn't one of those folks who frown on Halloween's origins, or wrings her hands over such a "death and fear-oriented holiday".
Does Halloween have pagan roots? Sure it does (So does your Christmas trees and wreaths, by the way). It was incorporated into the Catholic Church's tradition with All Saints Day, or All Hallow's Eve. But for kids, it's the chance to wear cool costumes, get candy, and simply experience something different and special, and let's face it: something spooky-cool, with the night, and the glowing jack-o-lanterns.
Abby is a wonderful Christian wife who makes Halloween special for all of us. I'm thankful for TONS of things my wife does (more than I can name here), but during Halloween, I'm always thankful my wife more than tolerates it, she makes it special for the whole family. Of course, that's just the way she is. Halfway through November, the Thanksgiving decorations will be up, next.
So that's today's "contest": who has supported your Halloween fix the most? Are there any stories in particular, in which a family member or spouse or someone special stepped up to the plate and really supported your Halloween fix? Up for the offering today is a Cemetery Dance ARC of two-novels in one, The Excorcist and Legion, by William Peter Blatty. No description of this needed, I don't suppose...