There’s been a lot of religious hand-wringing the past few years about trick-or-treating.
Halloween, for many, is a fun,Ã‚Â goofy and utterly meaningless holiday. Nothing more. But over the past few autumns, it has been “revealed” to have pagan roots, Wiccan connections, Ã‚Â and a mix of Celtic and Christian influences that I can’t possibly explain here.
Christians, Jews, Muslims and others now seem to have their own reasons for not dressing up their kids as witches and vampires. Beliefnet.com offers a nice selection of “columns”:http://www.beliefnet.com/index/index_1003.html that explain several points of view.
But “Saint Mary’s Episcopal Church”:http://stmarysml.dioceseny.org/ in Mohegan Lake has its own spin. Tomorrow night (Saturday the 28th), the church will offer its “All Hallows Eve, Tales from the Script(ure)” event. Kids and adults will act out four “scary” stories from the Bible — the Witch of Endor and the Raising of Samuel, Ezekiel and the Valley of Dry Bones, Jesus and the Demon Possessed Man of the Gerasene Graveyard, and the War in Heaven.
“Ours will take a look at what the Bible stories are that speak to the scary elements of ghosts, skeletons, demons and monsters,” saidÃ‚Â the Rev. Claire Woodley-Aitchison, rectorÃ‚Â of the church.
The whole thing should run fromÃ‚Â 5 p.m. to 5:45 or so.Ã‚Â A map and directions are on St. Mary’s website.