I want to warn you right up front, this post goes from fun to serious.  That will be the progression.  Last night our house was visited by all kinds of strange creatures.  When I went to the grocery store I was greeted by a giant red-haired rag doll.   While I was standing at the register, two full grown, and one very tall adult were contemplating their deli purchase while wearing pelts of all kinds, and horns on their heads that stood three feet in the air.  There were even such strange visions at DHouse this week.

Halloween has become important and big business in our country.    370million on costumes just for pets.

Tell me the truth, do these animals look that happy?

This one cannot even wait until Christmas!

I couldn’t see this article and not think about what I heard someone once say, or read somewhere, that when a society treats its pets better than many of its fellow citizens, the society is in trouble.  And I am not against treating our pets well!

Halloween spending overall seems to be at an all time high.  This quote opened up the Time Magazine article on the same,

“Halloween spending has been one of the few spending categories to quickly bounce back from the recession. And this year, the wild spending gets even scarier. According to the National Retail Federation, a record 170 million Americans will spend close to $8 billion on candy, pumpkins, decorations and costumes – both for them and their pets. More than 70% of people in the U.S. say they’ll celebrate Halloween this year, the most ever recorded by the NRF. The average American will spend almost $79.83 on the holiday, compared with $72.31 last year.

Read more: http://business.time.com/2012/09/26/more-americans-planning-to-spend-money-on-halloween-and-pet-costumes-this-year/#ixzz2AzOQKeiv

The article goes on to speak of how Halloween spending has been on the rise for years.  Estimates are all over the map as to average charitable giving per person but all of them are lower than $79.

I am not sure what more to say about that, other than the astounding following this holiday, born out of religious belief has, even if totally misunderstood.  As is often the case with what has become any “Hallmark” holiday, once ended, the meaning is totally forgotten.   Halloween, or All Hallow’s Eve, was the precursor to today, All Saints Day, November 1st.

On this day, All Saint’s Day, we celebrate the communion of ALL the saints, which includes you and me, but also all those who have gone before, those known and unknown.   During the year in many denominations, and in ours, we celebrate specific days, honoring the lives and work of certain specific people.  All Saint’s Day is the collection of all of those we know, and the multitude we do not.

On this day, while most of this country cleans up after its 8 billion dollar Halloween binge, puts the pet costumes in a box or in the trash, (Hey a little fun is OK) I pray that we, especially those of us who claim Christianity, would remember ALL the saints.   This day especially, remember those who live and die unnoticed, neglected, abused for they are every bit as precious and loved by God as any of us.   And perhaps, think about giving whatever you spent on Halloween fun to a cause that benefits the living saints among us.

Faithfully,
+Greg