Some people celebrate Halloween, while others don't. My family?--we enjoy the heck out of it. (Not quite as much as the people who made the guy in the picture at the right, but...) What's your take on Halloween?
Last year, President Gordon B. Hinckley spoke on Halloween at the Tuesday morning BYU devotional. As if to erase any doubt about the LDS church's stance on Halloween, he started out his speech by asking the camera person to zoom in to get a close-up of his jack-o-lantern tie.
Some friends of ours absolutely will not celebrate Halloween. Their kids do not dress up, and they do not go trick-or-treating. Their family actually leaves the house on Halloween night and does something fun together, in part so they won't have to answer the door and hand out candy.
Our kids are going all-out dressing up for school today. They are dressing up as Jack Sparrow, a Civil War hero, a US Army soldier, Cindy-Lou Who, and Sandy-Lou Fifties Who. We need to get better at the outdoor decorations at our house. We talked about having a coffin with a skeleton coming out (pulled by a string) when trick-or-treaters come knocking, but we ran out of time. Next year, though!
A friend of mine and his wife had a strong disagreement about whether to celebrate Halloween. Because of this, and several other things, they are no longer together.
The LDS Church simply teaches people to be responsible Halloweeners. The only thing I am aware of is that the Church discourages the wearing of masks.
What do you think of Halloween? How do you celebrate? Or don't you?