To celebrate Halloween or to ignore it?
That is the question Christian families have been asking themselves for decades. Halloween has become almost impossible to completely ignore due to the media and consumer hype behind the princesses, ghosts, and snack-sized Snickers bars.
The origins of Halloween connect back to the Celtic celebration of Samhain-which marked the end of the harvest.
The harvest festival showed traces of celebrating death and Irish mythology. This holiday has pagan origins. Now, Halloween is a real celebration for followers of the Occult and Wicca. It is no doubt that for that culture-Halloween is a chance to celebrate evil spirits and death.
In the seventh century, Pope Gregory III instituted another holiday in substitution of Halloween: All Saints Day (celebrated on November 1st). Designed as a day to pray for the saints who have already passed, this holiday was created to combat the pagan rituals of Halloween.
Throughout the centuries Christians have tried to find alternatives.