Should Your Kids Go Trick-or-Treating? (The Patrick Madrid Show)

Do you have concerns about your children participating in Halloween activities? Does the “evil perversion” of Halloween scare you? If so, you’re not alone. Patrick Madrid is here to reassure you with his perspective.

A listener named Kay is questioning whether she should allow her kids to go trick-or-treating on Halloween. Patrick tells Kay that there is nothing morally wrong with observing Halloween. He explains that the holiday originates from a Catholic custom, the night before All Saints Day. He goes on to say that if it’s celebrated in a harmless manner—such as dressing up as saints or non-scary characters and going door-to-door for candy—it can be a benign and even an opportunity for children to publicly demonstrate the faith.

Patrick emphasizes the importance of avoiding activities related to witches or devils but encourages your family to participate in the secularized version of Halloween, like carving pumpkins and giving out candy, as a way to engage with the community while upholding Catholic values.

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