As a child, Halloween was one of my favorite holidays. I really didn’t care about the costumes or trick or treating, but I loved the candy. That was the one time of year where the candy choices were so diverse. We always went to our cousins’ street in the nearby small town where the pickings were good. Then we would visit our relatives and eat candy until our hearts were content and our bellies were nauseatingly full. Over the years, I have celebrated Halloween in a similar fashion with my own children including wearing a few costumes. We never considered it a religious holiday, just a fun day to celebrate life. Reading about the history of Halloween I have learned that there are all sorts of religious stances on this day, even though the religious origin is controversial. In my opinion, we need a fun day to celebrate where we come together in love, rather than having another excuse to be decisive in hatred.

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