Driving down Main Street in my rural Maine town, I sighed as I passed a miniature cemetery that had sprouted overnight in a carefully groomed yard. “RIP” read the headstones. Several white ghosts billowed overhead.

As far as Halloween decorations go, these were mild, but every fall I’m sorry to see the glorification of death and gore that often accompanies the holiday. Fall can be a dark time of year—physically—but also spiritually. Spooky displays and costumes can frighten children.

Thankfully, churches often host wholesome, family-friendly festivals where kids can celebrate the season minus the gore. What better time for children to invite their friends to church and share their faith than the holidays?

Read the rest of the post on the Rose Kidz website, by clicking here, to find out! Or stop by my table at the waterfront park in Bath, Maine, on Citizen’s Involvement Day, Saturday, October 12th, from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., where I will be selling copies of The Lantern Hill Light Parade and The Thanksgiving Blessing to raise money for the literature program at the local Christian school where I teach.