Halloween in Context—Dennis Patrick

The following is by Dennis Patrick, my father-in-law.  Dennis writes a weekly column for the Mountrail County Promoter, in which this piece originally appeared. *** It’s that time of year when pumpkins metamorphose into jack-o-lanterns and little imps provoke adults to give them candy. Halloween is here again. ​Is this really a time for celebrating…

Bobblehead Devil

My wife took my son for a haircut the other day.  The barber had a bobblehead devil decorating her space for Hallowe’en (pictured above).  My son said, “Look!  A hungry guy!”  She chuckled because all my son saw was a guy with two forks.  I mean, what else can you be but hungry if you have…

Linus Christianity

Hallowe’en is fast approaching so our family watched “It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown!” In case you haven’t seen it, here’s the story: Linus spends Hallowe’en in a pumpkin patch waiting for the Great Pumpkin (GP). The GP is a Santa Claus-ish figure that appears only in the most “sincere” pumpkin patches. He rewards children…

Jack-o’-lanterns for Jesus

Hallowe’en is a contraction derived from “All hallows even,” and marks the beginning of All Saints Day on November 1st.  All Saint’s is a time of commemorating those who have died in the faith.  Martin Luther chose to post his 95 theses on Hallowe’en, possibly evoking the “great cloud of witnesses” that preceded him in…