The Wednesday Read: A Halloween Story

A Halloween story from my childhood. Enjoy…

 As children living in a very small town, all the kids and I were excited when Halloween would roll around. The residents in the small town were also excited to see the children come to their doors and yell, “Trick or Treat.” Everyone knew who the kids in town were, even when we were dressed like skeletons or cowboys.

I had a sister who was about 10 years older than I, and she was sometimes given the chore of taking little Mikie around town to trick or treat. If you were a 16 or 17-year-old teenager, the last thing you really wanted to do was to take your little brother trick or treating. My sister knew that the sooner she made her way around town with me, the sooner she could go and hang out with her friends. Of course, I kept hearing her say, “Hurry up” throughout the evening.

There was always something about Halloween that made me uneasy as a little kid. You would see people out walking around in the shadows, and it was a spooky night with the leaves rustling in the wind, and there were strange noises. Plus, my sister would tell me scary stories for a few days before Halloween to get me ready for Halloween night. Also, some of the folks, whose houses I visited were a little scary.

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Thursday Numbers

Sometimes your circle decreases in size but increases in value. – Unknown

Welcome to “Thursday Numbers!” In case you’re a first-time visitor, this is the weekly column where I take a look at the numbers that are in the news (in descending order) and provide commentary sometimes sprinkled with sarcasm.

This week’s topics include Halloween spending, Powerball, Montana Secretary of State, unemployment, the phrase “trick or treat,” campaign material, MT-AL Race, World Series Poll, Initiative 185, dressing like Donald Trump for Halloween, and much more!

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The Sunday Message

This column is edited and republished from a previous column for Halloween…

You cannot drink the cup of the Lord and the cup of demons too; you cannot have a part in both the Lord’s table and the table of demons. –1 Corinthians 10:21 (NIV)

Some Christians don’t celebrate or allow their children to participate in Halloween activities.

I think that’s a personal choice.

I remember Halloween being a big deal for me when I was a kid. In elementary school, I remember the “Halloween Parade” where we would walk through the gymnasium with our costumes on. I think I was Batman one year! There were prizes for the best costumes and lots of candy. I don’t remember anyone complaining about the event back then.

As a kid growing up in a small town, many kids went trick or treating together. One year a “big kid” dressed in a woman’s dress and wig grabbed my bag of candy and took off running. After chasing the big kid we found out that “the kid” went in my house. After further examination, we found out “the kid” was my dad.

When my children were younger, we attended a few church activities on Halloween night that had everything except devils, demons, and ghosts in costumes. The kids still received the same sugar high as the rest of the kids.

I also took my kids trick or treating when they were young. I remember people at a few houses handing out candy with Bible verses with candy, which was neat that they took that much time to do that.

I remember when I was in the military there was a two-hour time period where military kids could trick or treat in base housing. I think I lost count after about 120 kids came to my door. My wife had to run out and get more candy. I had to just stand by the front door because there was a line for most of the two hours. Fun times.

If you choose to allow your kids to participate in Halloween, that is your choice. If you do not, you might miss having some great memories for you and for your kids.

Just stay away from the demons…

Boo….

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The Sunday Message

Random thoughts about October…

Here we are – starting October. Fall is in the air. There’s football and playoff baseball. People are getting ready for hunting season. There are beautiful leaves on trees. Farmers are harvesting their crops. People are cutting wood for the winter.

It’s a good time of year.

October is kind of a mellow month. October is the calm before the storm. It’s a break before the hustle and bustle of November and December take over our lives.

I remember as a kid getting prepared for hunting season. Whether it was building a duck blind or scouting out places to hunt deer, the first part of October was the time to get ready.

I think our lives mirror the seasons – when we are born and to about age twenty we’re in the season of spring. The twenties and thirties and maybe early forties are summer. The fifties and sixties are fall. Age seventy and above are the winter time of our lives.

You can’t miss the smell of pumpkin spice lattes coming from the coffee shops. We’ll have the “big sales” on the Halloween candy. I don’t think there’s ever been a bag of Halloween candy last from the first of October until Halloween night at my house if I know it’s around!

One negative thing about October is the shorter days.

I hope that Mother Nature lets us enjoy October (and autumn) a little before the wrath of winter hits us hard. I’m not ready to scoop snow again.

Have a great October – make sure you get out and enjoy it.

Thanks for reading!

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The Sunday Message

You cannot drink the cup of the Lord and the cup of demons too; you cannot have a part in both the Lord’s table and the table of demons.1 Corinthians 10:21 (NIV)

Some Christians don’t celebrate or allow their children to participate in Halloween activities. I think that’s a personal choice.

I remember Halloween being a big deal for me when I was a kid. In elementary school, I remember the “Halloween Parade” where we would walk through the gymnasium with our costumes on. I think I was Batman one year! There were prizes for the best costumes and lots of candy. I don’t remember anyone complaining about the event back then.

As a kid growing up in a small town, many kids went trick or treating together. Some “big kid” dressed in a woman’s dress and wig grabbed my bag of candy and took off running. After chasing the big kid we found out that “the kid” went in my house. After further examination, we found out “the kid” was my dad.

When my children were younger, we attended a few church activities on Halloween night that had everything except devils and demons in costumes. The kids still received the same sugar high as the rest of the kids.

I also took my kids trick or treating when they were young. I remember people at a few houses handing out candy with Bible verses, which was neat that they took that much time to do that.

I remember when I was in the military there was a two-hour time period where military kids could trick or treat in base housing. I think I lost count after about 120 kids came to my door. My wife had to run out and get more candy. I had to just stand by the front door because there was a line for most of the two hours. Fun times.

If you choose to allow your kids to participate in Halloween, that is your choice. If you do not, you might miss having some great memories for you and for your kids.

Just stay away from the demons…

 

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