Could We Tone Down the Halloween Mania a Smidge?

OK, I admit I grew up in a rural area of California where we didn’t celebrate Halloween. I mean, we did have “harvest festivals” at our church where we took hayrides (through the cemetery, no less) and bobbed for apples and some people dressed up. But when you have to drive 15 minutes to each house to trick-or-treat, it’s just not a big holiday. Plus, it was right around both Reformation and All Saints Day, two big Lutheran holidays.

Then we moved to Colorado, to a suburban area, where we did …

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