The Tree of Crows by Caspar David Friedrich, 1822
My children really want Halloween. They think the costumes and candy and jack-o-lanterns look like fun. Telling them it’s not a Christian holiday doesn’t change their minds about Halloween. I can explain Reformation Day to them, but they still want Halloween. Maybe I have to rethink the whole thing. Do they want candy? Fine. We recently bought a bag of candy corn. Costumes? We have some dress-up clothes. Pumpkins and scarecrows? Those are fall things, not necessarily Halloween-specific. Spooky scenes? I’ll show them some Caspar David Freidrich art. Who needs Halloween?