Halloween and Imagination

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Whether you love Halloween or hate it, the holiday is a popular one. People love to dress up and pretend to be something else for the day. Do we ever stop to think about what we’re really pretending to be, or if we could use our imagination for greater benefit?

Some people say they have no imagination, but then they go out and pretend on Halloween. That’s a grand night of imagination. Whether sharing stories of ghosts and vampires, or encouraging children to dress up as heroes or cultural characters, the masks and costumes we don that night tell us something about how to imagine.

What do you really want to be? Better, WHO do you want to be? Imagine yourself as that better version of yourself that God is calling you to. That’s a Halloween lesson I think many of us can take into days long after the candy has disappeared from the shelves.

About Denise Gorss 9 Articles
Denise Gorss volunteers as a junior-high catechist. She appreciates the gifts of Ignatian spirituality and likes sharing various types of prayer with the young people in her groups. She enjoys seeing the world on pilgrimages and lives in the Chicago area, where she works as Web Editor at Loyola Press.

3 Comments on Halloween and Imagination

  1. Denise,
    Would it not be quite interesting for persons – Young and older to dress in costume as St Ignatius – perhaps in our Jesuit grammar, high schools, or colleges? What would be the reaction? What might he say? What might we say to his ‘imagined” yet ‘real’ presence? Great post! Rob

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