The neighborhood is starting to light up. Orange lights are strung across porch railings and pumpkins, scarecrows, and witches are perched along curbsides. One household erected a fake cemetery in their front yard while another strung a huge spider web between two enormous pine trees. It’s beginning to look a lot like Halloween.
As a child, it was magical to run around the neighborhood, dressed in a cheesy costume and seeing how much candy I could haul home before my trick-or-treat bag burst. And as a parent, I took delight in accompanying my children as they raced from house to house. There was something festive about being out among neighbors in the dark of night.
Download a Prayer for Halloween and use it in your home or parish to pray for the safety and well-being of children as they celebrate the holiday.