When I was a child, Halloween was tied with Christmas for my favorite holiday. On October 31, for some unknown reason, the usually strict parents of myself and my friends threw caution to the wind and let us wander the neighborhood after dark taking candy from strangers. It was great! We thought it prudent not to ask too many questions about this grand state of affairs, so none of us knew that "All Hallow's Eve" was a church holiday from the 8th century leading up to "All Saint's Day." When the church decided to take back the holiday, however, it wasn't to restore the ancient Christian meaning, but to curb our enjoyment of this delightful extravaganza. Ok, so that wasn't really the reason, but it sure felt that way. Suddenly our boundaries shrunk from the entire neighborhood to the church parking lot. But then something interesting happened. What was once one crazy night of candy consumption expanded into a two week series of candy galas all around town. Churches started pouring out the sweets in the middle of October. The troublesome moniker of "Halloween" is seldom mentioned at church anymore; it's been replaced by the more innocuous sounding "Fall" or "Harvest" festival. So we have a one day church holiday that became secular that was retrieved by the church who then turned it into a multi-week secular holiday. Spooky!