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Halloween 2009 vs All Saints Day (Eternally)

posted by Paul Raushenbush

Hey Christians! 
Stop putting a camel hair rope around Halloween on October 31st,
and instead take advantage of what happens on Nov. 1st – All Saints
Day.

It seems like we used to hear more from Christians who
decried Halloween as a time to glamorize demons and the devil.   If observed at all, some
Christians decided to create their own versions of haunted houses called “Hell
Houses”  with the purpose of
scaring people into belief by showing regretted abortions, gay people with
AIDS, and addicted prostitutes.  
In 2009 a more accurate Hell House might be a family that has lost their
home to foreclosure, a baby starving for lack of food, or a polluted water
supply.  But maybe Hell Houses
should just die its ghoulish death in 2009.

I say let kids have fun on Halloween.  I mean, how bad can God be offended
with kids dressing up as cowboys, princesses, matadors, hobos and even as
ghosts (Charlie Brown anyone?).  
The only real sin here is gluttony as kids pack candy into their faces.  But that has its own immediate
punishment offered by nature – the stomachache. 

Instead of worrying about Halloween, take advantage of it as
the springboard for Nov. 1, which is known as All Saints Day and Dia de los
Muertos (Day of the Dead).   All those faux scary spirit world
reminders of Halloween can be used as a springboard for a conversation about
the real ‘life beyond life.’  
All Saints Day is a great time to talk about what happens when we die,
to commune with our loved ones who have died, and celebrate their life and
their presence with God in heaven. 

For Latin cultures this generally means going to a cemetery
and having a party around the graves of family members.    This might sound spooky for those who have not grown up
with the practice, but it isn’t experienced that way.   It is a family celebration that
reinforces the ties of commitment and love that continue even after the death
of a loved one and an encouragement that there will be a similar party for us
once we have died.

All Saints Day, like Ash Wednesday, can be a time of
reflection on our own mortality.  The
line between the living and the dead is very thin and we will all cross it some
day. On Ash Wednesday as I impose ashes I say to congregants the powerful words:  “Remember that you are made from dust
and to dust you shall return.”  But
then I add in a whisper just for the individual: “So care for your soul, which
is eternal.”  

All Saints Day is a celebration of those who cared for their
soul by fulfilling Jesus’ commandments of Love of God and Love of Neighbor.  It is a reminder of that one true task
that Jesus has set before us.   
Instead of cordoning yourself off this weekend, embrace this opportunity
to reflect on the reality of death and celebrate the Saints who now live in
God’s eternal embrace. 



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Quinton

posted October 26, 2009 at 12:29 pm


Thank you for approaching the day in an open minded, non superstitious fashion. If you look for evil in anything, you will surely find it. Isn’t the point to look for ways to put a positive spin on whatever life brings by focusing on the love and grace of God? The entire idea of the “Hell House” is a shame. We should not be promote fear in any way.



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OneGod1

posted October 26, 2009 at 4:56 pm


Great article! I do not come from a tradition that celebrates Ash Wednesday or All Saints Day, but the intent of the message is certainly agreed with!
As a Pentecostal pastor, I have taken a “lot of heat” for my position on “Holoween” and “Trick-or-Treating.”
Most evangelicals of my sort do not celebrate any type of Holoween at all. It is viewed as demonic. If one does put up decorations, for example, they may very well be possessed!
If a group of children were gathered in the church basement, they were all dressed in black, had spray-painted a pentagram on the floor, had sacrificed a black cat and placed it’s dying body at the center of the pentagram, they were all holding hands and were chanting to the devil, then I would be concerned. But a child, that one-time-a-year dresses up like “Aquaman” and roves up and down a few streets in the neighborhood for free candy from benevolent folks, then hightails it home with his “loot” an hour or so later – - I’m sorry, but I just don’t see the devil in it.



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rpage

posted October 26, 2009 at 6:25 pm


While we are at remembering the saints who have died, it may be well to follow Paul’s example in his letters and remember that we also are the saints of God. The day is a good reminder that we are called to be in union with God in this world as well as the next.



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posted October 27, 2009 at 11:25 pm


Im sorry i completly understand where yall are coming from in saying that this day is just a day for kids to get candy and have fun dresssing up as princesses and cowboys but the truth is this is and will be a pagan holiday wether you want to admit it or not. I feel as if our so called christians have let the devil in by allowing halloween and saying oh its just a day for fun. No its not a day for fun. On this day thousands of satanic rituals will take place all over the world and instead of looking and seeing this with truthfulness it taken as a day to have fun. let me tell you those thousands of sacrifices are not having fun they are dying and we are makin a holiday from. Christians open your eyes and see the truth behind this.



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elsalopez

posted October 29, 2009 at 5:30 pm


Halloween is satanic celebration.
No one should be envolved in it.
And no wonder, for Satan himself masquerades as an angel of light. It is not surprising, then, if his servants masquerade as servants of
righteousness. Their end will be what their actions deserve.



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posted October 30, 2009 at 7:51 pm


“on this day thousands of satanic rituals will take place all over the world” i’m sorry but this happens all year long, we live in a secular world people! it is what we do with the circumstances that counts. God gave us freedom, why should my freedom be sacrificed because of your conscience? Those who are evil will promote evil all year, not just on Halloween. If you read the history of Halloween you will see that when it was “evil” it was actually in the month of MAY, the Roman Catholics changed it to October since it is the eve of saints day…I just do not see how my spiderman son knocking on doors one day out of the year is going to send us to hell…it is not!



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Lucifer LOL

posted October 31, 2009 at 9:27 pm


SATAN IS WITHIN THIS TEXT!
MUAHAHAHAHAHAHHA
Happy Halloweeen.



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douglas_macneill

posted November 1, 2009 at 4:18 pm


Since the Dio des Muertos was mentioned earlier in this post, how about the Days of the Dead between Hallowe’en and Remembrance Day on November the 11th? I mean that the leaves are mostly off the trees, but there is no snow on the ground yet: the time when nature itself seems to be undead in Canada.



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