Well, I finally got my wife and kids through the door of my church on Friday night for their annual Halloween get-together. It went better than I expected.
There was a potluck dinner, followed by games for the kids, then trick-or-treating through the building. There was a pretty good turnout, from what I understand (I'm fairly new to the church), and there were a lot of kids for my kids to play with.
The kids got so much candy they could barely carry it all, and when I told them that that's what every Sunday is like, they ALMOST believed me.
For my wife's part, she met the wife of one of her co-workers, and some of the people I know from Sundays, and she talked with a number of them. I think she was a little surprised our heads weren't spinning around, or that we weren't chanting backwards in Latin.
It's a good thing we put of the sacrifice of the virgins until next week.
Anyway, some small hope for the future...