Halloween – or – The Evolution of an Anti-Evolutionist


I cannot remember the last time I went trick-or-treating. When I was in 8th grade, I stopped celebrating Halloween in favor of the all-church Harvest Festival – since that was around the time that I entered my semi-fundamentalist, evangelical apologetics phase (Colorado West Christian School will do that to a child). Not only was Halloween believed to be the Devil’s Day, but I was convinced that evolutionism was Public Enemy #1, that anyone with a Darwin fish on their car was headed straight for the fiery furnace, and that if we could just find Noah’s Ark, Christianity would be proven once and for all.

I also had a lot of thoughts swirling around the “behemoth” described in Job 40, and decided that mention of it was proof that man and dinosaurs existed at the same time. I would debate anyone on the subject; for some odd reason, it seemed an important pillar of my Christian faith. Huh.

But wait. Is it 1995? Am I wearing over-sized flannel shirts? Is O.J. on trial? No. It is 2008 a new age, a new era. And years ago, I let go of my über-conservative ways, and became the hellion that you now know and love. Go pastor’s kids!

All that is a preamble to say: this year, I was all about Halloween. As the Devil With the Blue Dress On for a party last weekend, and some sort of a cat last night (leopard? LOLCat? Stuff On My Cat? who knows…), I got into the costume thing. But the most fun was trick-or-treating with Josh, Meg, and Josh’s two boys. Blaine and Drake were spiders, and Meg handmade some boss webs out of pipe cleaners. I had fun trailing them and taking pictures.

October was my favorite month in Nashville so far – I feel like I’m starting to hit my stride. I am grateful for my friendships, the opportunity for adventures, and duh – the cooler weather. Welcome, November. I’m excited for what you hold.



  1. Tad on November 2, 2008 at 11:59 AM

    It’s so nice to hear this new hopeful tone. I’m glad to see that things are starting to come around for you. Your sticking-with-it has finally started paying off. I think the best is yet to come.

  2. Jodie on November 2, 2008 at 6:31 PM

    Hey Annie – I wanted to let you know that I quoted part of one of your past posts on my post today. I linked to the post and credited you. Something you said in that post rang true for me too and it prompted me to do my own post on basically the same subject. Only, your words were better than mine, so I used your voice a little. :) I certainly hope this is okay with you. If it not, however, please let me know and I will edit it out! Thank ya!!

  3. Sarah on November 2, 2008 at 9:33 PM

    We need to hang out this week missy!

  4. Sarah on November 2, 2008 at 9:35 PM

    I love the last photo :)

  5. Marijke on November 3, 2008 at 12:20 PM

    aha! This makes me so happy for you!! seriously warm inside..

  6. [not the] Best Blog Ever on November 3, 2008 at 2:56 PM

    Good stuff!

    And – um… Hello? Pictures of your costumes, por favor?? :)

  7. thomas robey on November 9, 2008 at 12:49 AM

    So Halloween is okay. “What about evolution?” asks the scientist

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