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Holy Ghost of Halloween! San Antonio Church blesses children’s costumes on Wednesday at free event

If your child’s Halloween costume is a little too spooky this year, a touch of holiness can’t hurt.

Clergymen in disguise will bless all children who show up at the event in their own costumes. The clergy will then lead the children in a parade around the church.

“Jesus said, ‘let the little children come to me,’ and to us that even means if they come dressed as superheroes, princesses or in their scariest outfits,” Reverend Beth Knowlton said in A press release.

Blessing Halloween costumes has become a tradition in churches across Texas in recent years, with several parishes celebrating Allhallows Eve by encouraging children to come to church or a religious event in their costumes.

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The event will feature pizza, face painting, games and treats in the parking lot. They call this last part Trunk or Treat. See what they did there?

The event is free and open to all members of the community.

“As we celebrate Halloween with our children, they are starting to understand that the events that are important to them are also important to their religious community,” Knowlton said in the statement. They learn that “their faith is not just what happens on Sunday, but is tied to everything in their world and their lives.

Annie Blanks writes for Express-News through Report for America, a national service program that places reporters in local newsrooms. ReportforAmerica.org. annie.blanks@express-news.net.