Comments re: some Christians and their hatred of Halloween

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    I was driving along last week, when I noticed a church's billboard/readerboard thingy.

    "Don't celebrate Satan's day - come visit our Fall Festival!"

    or something like that...

    Why do Christians have such hatred or dislike for Halloween? I found this comment on another site, and wanted to start this thread around the comments, as I agree 100%.

     
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    I understand why some Christians hate Halloween. The orgy of bloody, deformed, or "undead" creatures, the grotesque images of violence, the glorification of evil. I personally can't see why anyone would think of this as "fun." And I certainly don't think this is the type of thing God would want us to celebrate.

    However, I don't think the best approach to the problem is to "stand on a soapbox," or to disengage from the culture. Some people attend Harvest Festivals and eschew trick-or-treat. In our family, we don't allow our kids to wear gory, evil, or slutty costumes. We decorate with happy jack-o-lanterns, pumpkins, gourds, and scarecrows. In this way, the kids don't miss out on the fun, and I actually think it is a much better witness. We are not too good to walk around the neighborhood and collect candy, talk to the neighbors. But if no one will see evil imagery at our house, and I'd be glad to tell them why! :)
     
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    I think it's silly to interpret Halloween as "an orgy of blood" or as anything "evil." It was originally a day to honor the dead and celebrate the harvest. Now it's just a fun holiday for kids to dress-up as a monster or whatever and get candy. If anything, Christians should be more upset that Christmas has become less about Christ and more about materialistic corporation worship than they should be about kids dressing up like vampires and witches on Halloween.:eek:
     
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    It's a dental bill thing ......
     
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    The Catholic Church did originally declare All Saints' [Hallows'] Day as a day to honor the deceased in the Lord. It is then followed by All Souls' Day, a day to pray for those souls in Purgatory, or whose afterlife condition is unsure. All Hallows' Eve was simply the night before the festival. These feast days were declared in an effort to detract from some of the more fearful pagan rites and harvest festivals.

    Now-a-days, very few celebrate the saints or pray for those in Purgatory. Maybe things are different in your part of the country, but around here, the "Eve" has completely overshadowed the feast day. Displays can be graphically gruesome... decapitations, hangings, half-rotted hands poking out of the ground. Some displays are more harvest-oriented, with maybe a happy witch on a broom, while others are exactly what I called them---orgies of blood.

    As far as Christmas goes, yes, that is upsetting, too. But maybe we can debate that in a couple of months. ;)
     
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    We (my family) don't celebrate Halloween, because it celebrates death, the dead, and is a high pagan holiday. However, I agree that the church reader board was probably a little bit out of line. Most people aren't going to feel invited by such a sign.
     
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    One year, I went Trick-or-Treating dressed like Moses with the 10 Commandments.

    1. Thou shalt be nice to everyone.

    2. Thou shalt give me lots of candy.

    etc....
     
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    We aren't celebrating Halloween, we're celebrating the chance to dress up and get candy. For us, it's an excuse for the kids to play dress-up. It's like...Acting, without having to really know any lines but one. Think: Every Keanu Reeves movie made. :)
     
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    You know Christmas and Easter were both originally Pagan holidays celebrating the winter and spring equinoxes. The significance has changed, but the roots remain the same. Letting your kids dress-up to get free candy isn't going to earn them or you a spot in hell. Many Holidays Pagan In Origin
     
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    Do you think it's fun to scare yourself, by going to haunted forrests or watching horror movies?
     

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