Is Halloween Evil?
Halloween is literally the eve of All Saints’ Day. It is a time associated in our imagination with spirits run amok; with ghosts and ghouls and all manner of hobgoblins having their way for one night of the year, only to be put back in their place on All Saints’ Day.
Is Halloween something that good people should celebrate, or is it the devil’s playground and something to be avoided? It is easy enough to see the connection between Halloween and witchcraft, evil spirits and the satanic. All those are reasons enough to avoid it.
But is there anything redeeming about Halloween? Periodically, the darker sides of life rear their ugly heads, and Halloween is one of those times when the dark side of the spirit world comes into view in a relatively innocuous way. Perhaps it is a way for us to see that not all spirits are good spirits, and that there really are witches out there, even if they don’t wear pointy hats and ride broomsticks. Halloween helps us to recognize the godliness of the saints, in stark contrast to their ungodly counterparts.
Perhaps Halloween is a creative way for us to annually expose the darker side of life in order to put them aside for the other 364 days of the year.
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