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Do you regard Oct. 31, Halloween?

Discussion in 'Cults & World Religions' started by Augusta, Oct 15, 2009.

How do you regard Oct. 31, Halloween?

Poll closed Oct 31, 2009.
  1. Ghoulish decor, costumes, trick or treating, the whole experience.

    6.7%
  2. Costumes and trick or treating.

    11.2%
  3. Reformation Day only.

    40.4%
  4. Reformation Day plus trick or treating.

    18.0%
  5. Undecided

    2.2%
  6. Rat brains!

    21.3%
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  1. Augusta

    Augusta Puritan Board Doctor

    How do you spend Oct. 31. Do you regard the day as popular culture does? Do you only regard Reformation Day? Etc.
     
  2. Backwoods Presbyterian

    Backwoods Presbyterian Puritan Board Doctor

    My kids dress up (this year both my girls are princesses, last year they were tigger and pooh, the year before that my oldest was Yoda, before that she was a hatching chicken).

    We go out and get candy. I eat all the candy.
     
  3. Rich Koster

    Rich Koster Puritan Board Post-Graduate

    I have a big desk calendar at work. I crossed out the label on Oct 31st and penned in Reformation Day. I also drew a barfy next to United Nations day:lol:. Just because someone else celebrates a day or event doesn't mean I have to. No, I don't do Halloween. If a student tells me "Happy Halloween", I respond " see you tomorrow" or wave and say "have fun", but do not return the same greeting.
     
  4. PuritanCovenanter

    PuritanCovenanter Moderator Staff Member

    I dressed up in a Confederate Uniform one year and that really scared some people. I had a big ole Stars and Bars Flag also.

    We celebrate the Reformation and remember Luther's 95 thesis. I also hand out gospel tracts to the trick or treaters.
     
  5. Southern Presbyterian

    Southern Presbyterian Moderator Staff Member

    :up:
     
  6. DMcFadden

    DMcFadden Moderator Staff Member

    I celebrate Reformation Day on October 31.

    We also acknowledge October 27.
















    October 27, 1553 - the burning of Michael Servetus.

    Considering the theology of some of our contemporaries, they probably would not have lasted as long as Servetus!
     
  7. Augusta

    Augusta Puritan Board Doctor

    This is my first poll. [​IMG]
     
  8. Carolyn

    Carolyn Puritan Board Freshman

    Congratulations on your first poll!

    We have an empty nest, so there isn't really anything going on around here on that day. If we are going to be home, I'll hand out candy.

    It was fun for our sons to dress up when they were little, but by 5th grade or so it was all about candy, so we just pulled the plug on the whole thing. We found that it was a great night to go to the Science Museum and Omnitheater in St. Paul, so the guys weren't all that disappointed.
     
  9. Scottish Lass

    Scottish Lass Puritan Board Doctor

    We recognize Reformation Day, and we hand out candy. Not sure what we'll do when Peanut gets older....
     
  10. Rich Koster

    Rich Koster Puritan Board Post-Graduate


    Do you "toast" the occasion?:cheers2:
     
  11. Backwoods Presbyterian

    Backwoods Presbyterian Puritan Board Doctor

    Take Peanut Treating!
     
  12. Andres

    Andres Puritan Board Doctor

    i voted the first one. I have a great Michael Myers mask. Last year I was Anton Chigurh from No Country for Old Men. This year, not 100% sure yet, but I am leaning towards Kim Jong. It's a pretty simple costume.
     
  13. au5t1n

    au5t1n Puritan Board Post-Graduate

    I think the rat brains option bears a remarkable resemblance to the Bull Moose Party in the 1912 election.
     
  14. historyb

    historyb Puritan Board Junior

    I do the whole nine yards and watch old Abbott and Costello horror comedies and listen to otr horror on my mp3 player :) I love the holiday season :)
     
  15. Montanablue

    Montanablue Puritan Board Doctor

    I am scared of making polls...lol. Too complicated!
     
  16. ADKing

    ADKing Puritan Board Junior

    Is there a plain "nothing at all" possibility. It felt too weird to vote "rat brains" whatever that is :lol:
     
  17. ericfromcowtown

    ericfromcowtown Puritan Board Sophomore

    I was tempted to vote "rat brains" too...

    Just Reformation Day on my end. I have no desire to participate in Halloween. Whether it's an explicit pagan / satanic holy day, a commercialized holiday focused on the ghoulish and macabre but without any "real paganism," or somewhere in between, I don't think that it's appropriate for this Christian family to partake.
     
  18. VictorBravo

    VictorBravo Administrator Staff Member

    We put up a saw horse over our front sidewalk with a sign saying "Sorry, no treats, may you be blessed by God. Happy Reformation Day!"

    And then we sing old Lutheran Hymns with organ accompaniment while leaving only the screen door closed. Most people find it scary enough.
     
  19. AThornquist

    AThornquist Puritan Board Doctor

    My skin crawls just imagining that.
     
  20. JennyG

    JennyG Puritan Board Graduate

    This is not as straightforward as I thought.
    I need to make sure I understand properly before I vote...sorry to be slow!
    If I picked the first option, would I be saying a)that's what I think it's for, and that's actually what I do on Oct 31st.....
    or b)that I see nothing in Halloween except for
    "ghoulish decor, ....the whole experience" implying that it's unredeemable and therefore I wouldn't touch it with the tongs?
    Also, what does the last option mean?
    Thanks!
     
  21. nasa30

    nasa30 Puritan Board Sophomore

    We don't celebrate Halloween in our home. It's Reformation Day as well as one of my daughters Birthday.
     
  22. LawrenceU

    LawrenceU Puritan Board Doctor

    I grew up with celebrating Halloween with costumes and everything. I used to do some pretty wild pranks involving stuffed clothing, ketchup and cars as well. When I became a man I put away childish and devilish things. Now, if we do anything it is a celebration of the Reformation. Often we invite friends over and watch the older movie, Martin Luther. This year I will be participating in a Reformation 'party'. I'm to do a first person of William Farel. (I wish I'd known I'd be doing this a month ago. It would have given me an excuse to grow out my reddish hued beard :) Well, what hasn't turned white. )
     
  23. Jimmy the Greek

    Jimmy the Greek Puritan Board Senior

    Now that we are empty nesters, we usually go over to my son's and hand out candy while they take the granddaughters around the neighborhood. Their neighborhood is full of young couples who seem to really get into the trick-or-treat costume thing. I just sit back and enjoy the smiles and laughter. The little girls love doing it.

    :2cents:
     
  24. Backwoods Presbyterian

    Backwoods Presbyterian Puritan Board Doctor

    I personally celebrate the Reformation on 31 December.
     
  25. dr_parsley

    dr_parsley Puritan Board Freshman

    Passes me by completely without notice. One of the benefits of living in the bush!
     
  26. he beholds

    he beholds Puritan Board Doctor

    I recognize that it is Reformation Day, but unless there's a conference or something, I don't do anything about it. We trick or treat, too. (Again, unless there's a cool conference or something better to do.) I'm not die hard either way.
     
  27. Fly Caster

    Fly Caster Puritan Board Sophomore

    About the time for the trick-or-treaters to come out, we'll take the girls out for ice cream (8 & 2). We'll mess around for a while, then head back home about the girl's bed-time. Sometime during the evening, my 8-year old will ask why people celebrate something so "yukky" and we'll explain again why we don't do it. Then I'll tell her again about something great that happened on this day, for which we can give thanks.

    That's pretty much our Halloween routine. I do start looking forward to the ice cream in early October-- as we use this as a rare occassion to go for the best.:D
     
  28. Dao

    Dao Puritan Board Freshman

    oh! reformation day is on Oct 31st. Reformation Day - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia I wonder why Luther picked this day to post his papers on the door?

    -----Added 10/16/2009 at 09:26:55 EST-----

    The Catholics failed to drown out Halloween by inserting All Saint's day.

    Is reformation day on Oct 31st another failed attempt to drown out halloween

    Is there another solution to drowning halloween out that might work? Any suggestions?
     
  29. au5t1n

    au5t1n Puritan Board Post-Graduate

    Dao, raise taxes on candy sales in October?? ;)
     
  30. he beholds

    he beholds Puritan Board Doctor

    P.S.

    One thing we DEFINITELY do is go to Chipotle! If you put foil on your body in some way to look like a burrito, you get a free burrito!! We have done this for the last three years and their burritos are HUGE. This year the kids will be old enough to eat one, so we'll even put foil on them!

    Weird picture, but like this:[​IMG]
     
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