Trick Or Treat

Good morning!

Yesterday one of our students brought us all treat bags for Halloween. They contained a delightful smelling fall candle and some yummy candy treats. So sweet and thoughtful! And I didn’t even have to say trick or treat to get it!
Thank you! 🙂

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I’ll take treats over tricks any day!

October is fun in Miss Marilyn’s pre-K. There’s pumpkins everywhere! And lots of dress up opportunities! And even candy corn!

All month long, we’ve heard what all our students are going to be for Halloween again and again and again. 🙂

With tomorrow being October 31st, Halloween, what better time than now to talk about how some of our holiday traditions began.

Do you know how the term trick or treat originated anyway? 

Trick or treating, the community-based ritual, where costumed children go door to door requesting candy has evolved from people in guise walking around praying for the souls of the friends and family of the homes they visited in exchange for soul cakes into the nation’s second-largest commercial holiday. Approximately $6 billion is spent in America annually on this holiday. There’s the candy. And the costumes.  And don’t forget the pumpkins. 🙂

Then there’s the pumpkin patches for the younger bunch. And the spook houses and scary movies for the older not so weak of heart bunch. That was always a favorite at our household. And there’s the alternative option of trunk or treating at local churches. 

Speaking of halloween traditions how many of you have carved pumpkins or Jack-o’-lantern sitting out on your front porch? And who is Jack anyway?

Jack goes back to an old Irish myth about a man called “Stingy Jack.” According to the tale, Stingy Jack invited the Devil to have a drink with him.  Jack tricked the Devil and held him hostage. Jack freed the Devil under the condition that he would not claim his soul. When Jack died, his life had been too sinful for him to go to heaven, and Satan had promised not to take his soul so Jack had nowhere to go. He asked how he would see where to go, as he had no light, and Satan tossed him an ember from the flames of Hades, that would never burn out. Jack carved out one of his turnips (which were his favorite food), put the ember inside it, and began endlessly wandering the Earth in search of a resting place. There you have it! Bet you can sleep better tonight just knowing that little bit of trivia. 🙂

Halloween.  A time of thrills and chills for all ages. Enjoy the season! Eat some candy ( and per my children if you buy candy to give out, buy the good stuff!) Carve a pumpkin. But don’t be like our little children. Afraid of the trickery of men. It’s not real.  Instead commit your souls to Jesus. He IS the real deal. No hiding behind a costume necessary for him. No trick. All treat!

As a result, we are no longer to be children, tossed here and there by waves and carried about by every wind of doctrine, by the trickery of men, by craftiness in deceitful scheming;
Ephesians 4:14

Love and laughter,

Sandy

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