Its that time of year again when people of all ages dress up in costume and find a way to indulge in treats and experience the company of family and friends. The church tends to hold no opinion or direct malice for Halloween itself, and some local wards and stakes hold "Trunk-Or-Treat's" for the children under 12. Halloween is of no religious significance to Mormon's, as opposed to Easter or Christmas. Halloween tends to also be one of those times of year where people find excuse to drink a little more, engage in sex a little more, and some even feel that as teenage tradition calls for, a little more destruction and chaos. Halloween is more about being and succumbing to temptations than it is simply about candy, and creative costuming.
Like the Internet, there is good and bad that comes with Halloween. As a Latter-Day Saint, I hope to engender in my children the responsibilities that we should embrace to set a high standard, but to also remember that having fun, the right kind of fun, is a great and encouraged thing.
When I see stores selling costumes that turn young women into a billboard for child predators (such as this one) I wonder if there is safety in trick-or-treating at all. As a father of four (soon to be five) girls, perhaps I am more sensitive and protective about this. Hormones run high in the pervert "community" on a night like Halloween. And with Internet pornography perpetuating role playing fetishes, rape, and other immoral conduct is as fertilized in uncontrollable minds as it can be.
To me, there is something to be said when gays and sluts embrace a holiday with such vigor, that speaks to something evil and immoral, rather than something fun and positive. Can Halloween be what it used to be, safe and for the kids? Or has Halloween become a lost cause?