From Sacred to Scared, Natural to Supernatural and Back!
With decorations, candy and parties, it’s easy to forget why we celebrate Halloween. While today it’s mostly about the fun of being scared, it began as a sacred recognition of the dead, and the acknowledgement that there is much beyond the familiar world that remains unknown.
The dictionary definition of the word “Hallow” includes “consecrate” and “greatly revered”. Synonyms really emphasize the sacred over the scary: sanctified, blessed, venerated, sacrosanct, worshiped, divine.
The “een” is a shortened version of “evening”. Just as Christmas Eve is the night before Christmas (Mass for Christ), All Hallow’s Eve is the night before All Hallow Mass, or “the Mass for revered and holy souls”, such as saints and the faithful departed.
How can we use today’s interpretations in movies and TV to connect us back to the original intent of the holiday, and help us recover our own nature and spirits from becoming the living dead? Let’s look for the sacred in the scares and the natural in the supernatural.