A seemingly ghostly silence hushed the path as the sun set on October 31st. A host of costumed students made their excursion up the twisted road of the Greenbriar subdivision.
They came in full view of the first house, partly thrown in deep shadow, partly lit up by the cold moonshine. It was an irregular building of considerable size, and seemed to be of architecture of different periods and places than the rest of the town.
The captain of the group stepped onto the porch with a creak and gently rang the doorbell. From outside they could hear the excitement of the residents as they fortified themselves for the encounter, arming themselves to the teeth with Tootsie Rolls, Jolly Ranchers and Hershey kisses.
They opened the door with a rasp prepared to see witches, demons and vampires.
To their surprise it was a local Conquest club on a crusade to overcome hunger in the neighborhood. Their cry was not the traditional, “Trick or Treat,” but rather, “Halloween for the Hungry”.
The culprits were 15 boy accompanied by 7 dads from the local Conquest boys club of Chantilly, Virginia. They currently have an enrollment of 30 young men and meet every Thursday evening at St Timothy’s Parish. They are dedicated to improving the communities in which they live through personal growth in virtue and apostolic action.
The Halloween for the Hungry apostolate was a great success! The Crusaders collected 1,107 lbs of food on Halloween. While not all success can be measured (or weighed for that matter) many times it is the small things that count most. One of the participants shared that he never thought it was possible to give up Halloween to do something for others. But that through this act of generosity and Christian charity he learned how much he really has to be thankful for. This is just one way in which we as Catholics can put the Hallow back into All-Hallows-Eve.
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