Halloween: Why would we teach our kids to love evil?

THE true nature of halloween couldn't be more obvious if it put on a mask and stood in the street yelling "I'm evil!"

Oh wait ... it does.

The rampant gallop of this witchfest has lowered us into its hideous abyss far more quickly than one would have thought possible just a few years ago.

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Anyway, for a long time Australia quite wisely resisted the lure of the halloween celebration - the kind marketed in America, at least.

But greed has now thrust it upon us, so we sell our kiddies' minds to the highest bidder - you know the marketers who want to make a profit from telling them that bad is good and good is bad and it's all okay - as long as they buy stuff.

Now the chorus will go up that's it all a bit of fun - kids getting together, dressing up and taking part in a community event.

On its own, that's hard to argue with, but the images of halloween are horrid. They condition our youngsters to acceptance of the face of evil, which makes them vulnerable when, in later years, the wrong voices call them.

It's weird enough that we are teaching them it's okay to demand something from strangers and then punish them with a "trick" if they don't comply. You say it doesn't happen? Tell that to the people who have their homes egged by kids who have grown up with this stuff.

It's funny because it starts out all elves and fairies but year after year it becomes far more sinister.

In America this year there is outrage over images of teenagers dressed for a halloween party as Trayvon Martin, a black boy who was shot for being in a white neighbourhood, and George Zimmerman, his killer.

What is it about society that tells anyone that's okay? What was the conditioning that produced a human being who thought that was funny?

As a society we've dropped the ball on standing up for decency and the sad result will be that our children and their children will know no better.

Yes, it's hard to battle against shopping malls, movies, music, pre-schools and schools that pump out a message of anything goes, but the question is should we just give up?

Or should we take the risk of our kids becoming social outcasts by letting them miss out on whatever's popular at the time?

Here's the thing. If we don't, we may be trading them into slavery to anything the retailers and mind changers want to push.

It's a harsh sentence we place on them. How about we learn to say 'no'?