“I’m really confused!” Sprite told me “I don’t know whether to celebrate Halloween or not! I read an article ‘Should Christians celebrate Halloween?’ by Pastor Scott Williams on his Big is the New Small blog http://www.bigisthenewsmall.com/2010/10/22/should-christians-celebrate-halloween/
He doesn’t tell you one way or the other. He says people debate about it every year and there are lots of good responses to his post too.
Intellectual Dabrowski was really interested in the whole debate and all the background history and found some great articles on Cybraryman’s page http://cybraryman.com/halloween.html – that Jerry Blumengarten has a page about almost any topic you can name!
There was a very interesting discussion about All Saints’ Day and All Souls’ Day at http://tlc.howstuffworks.com/family/halloween3.htm
Psycho Motor Dabrowski was just eager to go and play the apple bobbing games.
Sensual Dabrowski was anxious about the candy and the possibility of nut allergy problems after reading ‘Halloween and nut allergies – A scary combination’
and also about the loud noises and scary costumes and wanted me to watch a short video on Safety tips for your pets at
Emotional Dabrowski, the resident drama queen, loves dressing up and acting out various characters; so she had a lovely time covering her face with green face paint (Sensual was anxious about that also!) and putting on a tall black hat to appear as a witch from The Wizard of Oz.
However, when she looked at her reflection in the mirror, she gave herself such a fright that she had to be pacified with doggy treats and we had to consult Dr Michele Borba for tips on ‘How to take the fear out of Halloween’ http://www.micheleborba.com/blog/2008/10/29/how-to-take-the-fear-out-of-halloween/
And dear little Imaginational Dabrowski dressed up as E.T. dressing up as a little ghost to go Trick-or-Treating in the film E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial. And he thought about how little Thinks He’s an Alien Black Dog had dressed up as a Pluto for Planethood Protester for Sprite’s P Party and how Thinks He’s an Alien Black Dog feels like an alien that had been left behind on Earth like many gifted people feel.
The Wikipedia entry about the film E.T. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/E.T. says under the heading Themes.
“Other critics found religious parallels between E.T. and Jesus. Andrew Nigels described the story of E.T. as “crucifixion by military science” and “resurrection by love and faith”. According to Spielberg biographer Joseph McBride, Universal Pictures appealed directly to the Christian market, with a poster reminiscent of Michelangelo’s Creation of Adam and a logo reading “Peace”. Spielberg answered that he did not intend the film to be a religious parable, joking, “If I ever went to my mother and said, ‘Mom, I’ve made this movie that’s a Christian parable,’ what do you think she’d say? She has a kosher restaurant on Pico and Doheny in Los Angeles.”
As a substantial body of film criticism has built up around E.T., numerous writers have analyzed the film in other ways as well. E.T. has been interpreted as a modern fairy tale and in psychoanalytic terms. Producer Kathleen Kennedy noted that an important theme of E.T. is tolerance, which would be central to future Spielberg films such as Schindler’s List. Having been a loner as a teenager, Spielberg described the film as “a minority story”. Spielberg’s characteristic theme of communication is partnered with the ideal of mutual understanding: he has suggested that the story’s central alien-human friendship is an analogy for how real-world adversaries can learn to overcome their differences”
Imaginational Dabrowski decided that he and Thinks He’s an Alien Black Dog would visit the Planetarium together, eat Mobius Bagels and ‘call home’.
“So!” said Sprite “I am not quite sure how I will celebrate Halloween!”