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I know many people believe that Halloween is an evil day that celebrates Satan and Commercialism. My sons' Sunday School teachers have even told them that they are sinners if they go Trick-or-treating. But, that's not the way I see it. We don't worship Satan or anything else evil at our house. For me, Halloween has always been an opportunity to spend time with my children and to create lasting family memories and traditions. Everyone in my family knows that I always have a party for all the cousins on Halloween. It's my attempt to keep the Trick-or-treating to a minimum while maximizing on family time. Both sides of our family gather for tacos and fajitas, trick-or-treating and then when everyone settles down cookie decorating. I love Jack o' lanterns and the smell of dry leaves and the sound of young children running from one house to another and yelling trick-or-treat at the top of their lungs. So on this October 31st, why not take time to take a deep breath and enjoy the sights, sounds and smells of Autumn.

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