I love Halloween

It’s unChristian, outrageous, a pagan celebration of evil….it must be Halloween.

Personally, I can’t see what dressing up as a witch or displaying a pumpkin has to do with evil forces. I might as well whine about an atheist dressing up as a Bible character. To draw parallels with Halloween and dark forces is to misunderstand the nature of All Hallows (or All Saints) Eve. And for all those looking for deep roots to this festival, don’t. It doesn’t get a mention in the UK until the 1550’s. So it may well hark back to all sorts of pagan pre-Christian festivals, but there isn’t a direct connection. It’s an interpretation, a projection of peoples’ fears and dreads. More to the point it’s a projection of fear and dread from that period of UK history, when even Kings worried about witches, (Macbeth, anyone?), when there was no electricity to banish the dark.

From ghoulies and ghosties

And long-leggedy beasties

And things that go bump in the night,

Good Lord, deliver us! 

The experience of evil is much colder and bleaker than any Halloween image. Halloween is Scooby Doo fun. Evil isn’t. And meeting a ghost may be a good, bad or neutral experience.  

If we are really going to project our fears as Christians on to Halloween, let’s at least do it properly. Innocence abused, purity contaminated, poverty, injustice, discrimination, violence, misuse of power…..come on, you can add to this list.  

But fighting these things isn’t nearly as much fun as prancing about in a long black cloak……


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