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The Younaseff House: Midwest Values on Halloween

In my Midwest childhood, Halloween was essentially a theological problem. When a church-going, Christianity-saturated populace confronts a historically pagan holiday and a systematic indulgence of sugar, more than a few pious heads wonder which way to turn. These days, because it’s so commercial and sterile, Halloween is fine—as long as you can celebrate Disney and Hershey’s in good conscience. Back then it was different. I was born in Michigan in the late '70s, raised by values rooted in the Christian tradition and generations of agricultural. Values like thrift, hard work, charity, modesty. These values were enforced throughout the year but something about [...] Continue reading


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