Halloween Needs a Grinch

Halloween costume in Sierra Madre, Calif., in 2017. (Mario Anzuoni/Reuters)
In a culture already so deadened to the reality of sin and evil, this commercial celebration of the macabre and the obscene has become too much.

NRPLUS MEMBER ARTICLE T hough I’d love to agree with the sentiment expressed by Anne of Green Gables — “I’m so glad I live in a world where there are Octobers” — recently, I’ve come to wish we could skip the month altogether. Or at least its most prominent holiday, Halloween. Instead of enjoying potted mums, hay bales, and glorious leaf colors, Americans of late seem determined to fill their neighborhoods with all manner of tacky, trashy decor. We must turn our lawns into graveyards, pull skeletons out of our closets, and waste untold amounts of money on inflatable abominations. For a whole month

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Sarah Schutte is the podcast manager for National Review and an associate editor for National Review magazine. Originally from Dayton, Ohio, she is a children's literature aficionado and Mendelssohn 4 enthusiast.

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