They offer us a chance to ponder death.
Christians reflect on dying these days during the Fall season.
Halloween is a nice time for children to be treated but its origin is less superficial for adults.
November 1st is the feast of the communion of all saints - those men and women who lived lives that inspire us to this day. Saints include Mother Theresa of Calcutta, India, who reached and stooped low to life the dying. Those they may not be formally named, a saint, one's own parents may fit the description of a saint.
My own parents, who raised seven children, were saints.
If learning to die has a best time to grip, it is this time of Halloween and All Saints Day.
Even for children, the nursery rhymes help.
"Now I lay me down to sleep..."
No one is invincible.
It is never too soon to help the young appreciate mortality.