i really, really love halloween. i think dressing up is so stinking fun. i feel like this year all the wonderful spookiness came and went too quickly! but - i did relish running by all the decorations in my neighborhood and selling halloweeny treats (ghosts made out of frosting, etc!) from the batter kiosk.

every year the berkeley singles’ ward puts on a huge halloween party that is not to be missed. my costume was thrown together at the last minute, but i think it turned out pretty awesome.

IMG_0508kelsey as a paper doll (what an adorable idea, huh?), krystle as sushi, katie as a flapper girl and me as a pretty legit cavewoman (thanks to kels who created the bone and ratted my hair with wild abandon). yes, i know i went a little overboard on trying to make myself look dirty.

this is quite the cast of characters, don’t you think?

i love how the spooky time of year feeds perfectly into the cozy time of year. on halloween itself, i dressed up as a witch for work in the kiosk (asian tourists loved taking pictures of me), and after work, i rode my bike to to a lovely halloween dinner at rachael’s. we enjoyed hot apple cider, butternut squash soup, seasonal salads, hand-dipped caramel apples, and a sparkly view of the city by the bay. very, very cozy.


  1. Sweet as costume Chi! I'm so impressed.

  2. Being so religious, does it bother you at all that Halloween is a pagan, demonistic holiday that is entrenched in the occult (which God says to stay away from!)? Just wondering how you justify mixing "darkness with light"?

  3. This years Halloween was so much fun! And your costume WAS pretty awesome.

  4. Taz Lady has a point. I'd like to hear the answer to that one as well. Can't drink out of both sides of the glass. If you claim to follow the Bible, how can you dabble in the occult, which the Bible forbids?

  5. in response to tazlady and amber:
    i am grateful for the words of the bible along with the advice of a living prophet to help me know what things to avoid in the world. i believe that celebrating halloween in a wholesome way with people i love is something perfectly acceptable, and 100% separated from any pagan or occult traditions related to the holiday. as far as dia de los muertos, i feel really glad that i was able to participate in such a beautiful cultural tradition. i felt the spirit of god and the spirit of elijah (malachi - turning the hearts of the children to their fathers) at that event. it was about connecting the human family, and recognizing the reality of life after death. i completely agree that we cannot have one foot in babylon, which is why i strive everyday to stay away from any place or happening in which i cannot feel the guidance of the holy ghost. both of these events were uplifting. i hope this answers your questions! thanks for reading!

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  7. Hi Charity -

    "i believe that celebrating halloween in a wholesome way with people i love is something perfectly acceptable, and 100% separated from any pagan or occult traditions related to the holiday."

    I see what you mean when you say that - you mean no harm by celebrating Halloween and you certainly are not trying to conjure up spirits, etc. However, I do take literally the fact that, even if you are doing it for "fun" and you get a warm fuzzy from it with your friends, God is still offended by it. I believe that He (and any living prophets he may have sent) sees people celebrating pagan holidays and thinks, "wow, these people don't really care if I'm pleased or offended by things, as long as it's fun to them they are going to do it anyway. I reference His feelings in the Old and New Testaments below.

    “When you are entered into the land that your God is giving you, you must not learn to do according to the detestable things of those nations. 10 There should not be found in you anyone who makes his son or his daughter pass through the fire, anyone who employs divination, a practicer of magic or anyone who looks for omens or a sorcerer, 11 or one who binds others with a spell or anyone who consults a spirit medium or a professional foreteller of events or anyone who inquires of the dead. 12 For everybody doing these things is something detestable to the Lord, and on account of these detestable things your God is driving them away from before you. 13 You should prove yourself faultless with your God and Savior. “ Deuteronomy 18: 9:13

    I say that the things which the nations sacrifice they sacrifice to demons, and not to God; and I do not want YOU to become sharers with the demons. 21 YOU cannot be drinking the cup of God and the cup of demons; YOU cannot be partaking of “the table of God” and the table of demons. 22 Or “are we inciting God to jealousy”? 1 Corinthians 10:21

    Thanks for reading this, I know it's long. I appreciate your beliefs, even if I don't share them.

  8. Simma down now!