Jimmy was born in Texas, grew up nominally Protestant, but at age 20 experienced a profound conversion to Christ. Planning on becoming a Protestant pastor or seminary professor, he started an intensive study of the Bible. But the more he immersed himself in Scripture the more he found to support the Catholic faith. Eventually, he entered the Catholic Church. His conversion story, “A Triumph and a Tragedy,” is published in Surprised by Truth. Besides being an author, Jimmy is the Senior Apologist at Catholic Answers, a contributing editor to Catholic Answers Magazine, and a weekly guest on “Catholic Answers Live.”
Many people of conscience view Halloween with some suspicion, and the way it is often celebrated today, that’s understandable.
Some have chosen not to celebrate Halloween at all, and that’s a respectable choice.
Others have chosen to invert the popular celebration by dressing up–or having their children dress up–as entirely wholesome figures, like doctors, nurses, and firemen or even as historical figures, like saints.
But what about scary Halloween costumes? Are those okay?
“Oh, No! It’s a Clown!”
Drama is a human universal. It’s something that people in all cultures appreciate, and it’s something that we participate in from our earliest days.
As soon as children are able to play, they start playing pretend, and their games involve drama.
My own earliest memory–or my earliest clear one–is of such a game.
I was four or five years old, and I put on a clown mask and jumped out to scare my parents.
Playing along, my mom clutched my dad and said, “Oh, no! It’s a clown!”
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