According to Reverend Alan Rudnick there are some people who think that Halloween is an evil day. But it started as a Christian day to prepare for all Saints Day (November 1) the term Halloween from its beginning had nothing to do with any pagan or evil beliefs. The Christian festival All Hallows Eve morphed into our current word Halloween.
Professor of philosophy at the Christian Biola University John Mark Reynolds helps us understand how Christians can reject the evil undertones of Halloween. Christians have the right to reject (the pagan) interpretation. (Same as the pagan holiday-Christmas) My Neighbors celebration of Halloween as a pagan festival does not require me to lose All Hallows Eve because of course, it is an actual historical memory of what Halloween is.
The day after All Hallows Eve November 1st Christians celebrate the lives of the greatest of the faithful who have died and gone to God. On All Hallows Eve, the fact that we will all die is brought home to us. We do not fear death but rejoice, in the victory of Christ over death. The costumes and Joy poke fun at the diabolic, they do not embrace it. Thomas More said that the Devil can’t stand to be mocked, by spending the night of October 31 filled with fear over evil we live in the fear that Satan wants us to live in. By Laughing mocking even cartooning evil with goofy costumes, we can take the posture of triumph with Christ.
The tradition of going door to door receiving food already existed in Great Britain and Ireland in the form of “souling” where children and the poor would sing and say prayers for the dead in return for cakes. Children disguised in costumes going door to door for food and coins also predates trick or treat and is recorded in Scotland at Halloween in 1895, where masqueraders in disguise carrying lanterns made out of turnips visit home to be rewarded with cake, fruit, and money.
Carving pumpkins originated with Irish children who first carved out the centers of rutabagas, turnips, and potatoes and placed candles in them.
Halloween was first celebrated in the US in 1840’s when Irish Catholics fleeing from the potato famine brought Halloween customs with them to America.
Christians need to take back the holiday and use it as an opportunity to spread the love of Jesus and the message that we need not fear death and evil because Jesus defeated it by his death and resurrection. And this Halloween as we light our candles in our pumpkins or turnips that we remember that we are to go out and be a light to the world for Jesus.
I know this All Hallows Eve and All Saints day I will be celebrating my daughter Joran’s life, http://www.hopeforjoran.org, and that she was a faithful believer in Jesus Christ and has gone to God as well as other family members will be remembered. And along with my fall Pumpkins and wreaths, I will be putting out a cross with her name on it, as a symbol that because Christ overcame death on the cross and she accepted Jesus as her savior and she has eternity in heaven.
Happy Halloween and All Saints Day!
Katheryn De Wolfe- Walker
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