October 27, 2009

The Halloween Line of Prudishness

There was a Christian lady in our neighborhood who would give out little cartoon Bible stories to us trick-or-treaters in lieu of candy. This is the equivalent of leaving a waitress a little message that she should repent of her wickedness on the receipt in lieu of a tip. Non-relational evangelism never works. In fact, we sort of talked about that yesterday.

But, one could argue that lady was on the liberal side of the Christian spectrum, in that some Christians choose not to participate in the "satanic" holiday at all. I asked my parents about this when I was kid, and they said, "Our neighbors are freely giving out something our kids love. We'd be monsters to keep you caged inside that day." To their credit, I escaped these childhood nights without a conversion to the dark side.

But, as a Christian, there's something about hangmen decorations that freak me out. The morbidity of a recently executed human as a holiday decoration simply creeps me out to the point where I don't feel it's appropriate even for a holiday.

My question is, is this just a Christian thing? Am I just a step down from the bible story lady in our subdivision growing up? As always, I need consensus to rationalize my lifestyle choices. So, if you're a non-Christian who is creeped out by hangmen, comment below. And if you're a Christian who decorates their home with the deceased, do the same.


Anonymous said...

i'm not a huge fan of hangmen. We have mostly spiders, pumkins and a scarecrow. When I was a kid we would have a spook alley on our porch where we would put a table with a gap in the middle and a table cloth with a hole to fit someone's head in our front window.

Meghan said...

Being a Christian who does NOT use hangmen as decorations, you aren't soliciting my opinion (nice tie in with yesterday's post) but I'll give it anyway. I don't like seeing people hanging because I think it's gruesome, but I don't think it has to do with the fact that I'm a Christian but rather that I'm a human being. I'm sure there are Jews, Muslims, etc (and even atheists) out there who feel the same way. Strangely enough, I don't have a problem with coffins if there's vampires in them, maybe because vampires are non-human?????

Eric Olsen said...

The few friends of mine who obsess about horror films are all non-believers, and I just wondered if there was a correlation.

I don't like coffins in general. When I was kid, I made my dad promise that if I die, he wouldn't bury me in case I was just sleeping. An actual fear of mine growing up.

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