I’m not sure whether or not Halloween is actually “Mormon” to any significant degree. Mormons generally participate in the holiday here in the U.S., of course. And we even have a few requirements of the holiday in a Church setting — for example, we don’t allow masks at Church-sponsored Halloween events. But I don’t think that these facts quite give us a Mormon Halloween.
Perhaps what we need is a good, Mormon-specific monster!
Halloween costumes seem to fall into a few different types, from what I can tell. There are monsters, angels and other “good” characters, superheroes and other comic-book characters, actual people (politicians and celebrities mostly) and, finally, representational characters (e.g., my son was a chess board one Halloween).
But I’ve never seen a Mormon-related character. Now, I don’t live in Utah, so perhaps I’ve just not been in the right place. Do they sell costumes of the Apostles there? Can my 5-year-old buy a costume of President Monson? (probably not, how would you do it without a mask?)
I also wonder, would a Mormon character have to be only good? Sure we could somehow do the three Nephites or Nephi or Captain Moroni or something, but who are the bad guys? The devil, I suppose (but he’d have to be radically different — no horns, and represented as non-corporeal somehow) or perhaps King Noah.
In this dispensation, we have a few boogeymen that might fith the bill — certainly the mobs from the middle 1800s, and the Federal Marshalls from the days of polygamy. Then by the 20th century, the polygamists actually became the boogeymen somehow. I don’t know who you would include today — Evangelicals? Anti-mormons? Those guys that put floride in the water? (GRIN)
I’m not sure who Mormons are afraid of nowadays (please don’t give me the doctrinal saw that we don’t need to fear anyone — people are afraid anyway — or suggest that our biggest fear is sin — what kind of Halloween costume would that make?), so perhaps it would be better if we came up with our own Mormon superheroes. But then again, what superpower would a Mormon superhero have? Super Faith?
I’m sure we Mormons could put a lot of fun creativity into this. And maybe, just maybe, we’ll see kids dressed up as Gladys Knight and Donny Osmond ringing our doorbells on Friday.
If that happens, I’ll have to pull by tongue out of my cheek in order to give a little chuckle and fill their bags with candy.