Halloween is a time for doing good

Dear Editor:

Halloween will soon be upon us!

October 31st is the day before “All Hallows’ Day. It begins the three-day observance of Allhallowtide, the time of the liturgical year dedicated to remembering saints, martyrs, and the faithful departed. Over the years, Halloween has become associated with trick-or-treating, jack-o’-lanterns, bonfires, parties, and, of course, frightful entities that go “bump in the night.”

Halloween doesn’t have to be all about ghosts and goblins. It can be a time for doing good in the community.

Why not volunteer for a charitable cause? Focusing your neighbors on doing good will build camaraderie, solidify neighborhoods, and develop a sense of purpose and fulfillment. Concerned citizens want to make a positive difference; they want to contribute to the community in a meaningful way.

Creating opportunities to do good nurtures an esprit de corps focused on compassion, care and conviction. To some, Halloween starts the “countdown” to the holiday season. For those who seize the opportunity, Halloween could be a time to benefit the community.

John Di Genio