Halloween: Is it OK to Celebrate It?

Halloween: Is it OK to Celebrate It?

Last night I took my children to the annual Halloween carnival put on by Ursuline Academy (my alma mater). As always, it is a crowded but enjoyable evening and it is fun to see all the creative costumes—especially the homemade ones.

When I was in elementary school, I really didn’t know that some people consider Halloween a pagan holiday. It wasn’t until new neighbors moved in next door and made me realize not everyone viewed Halloween the way our family did. Their porch light was never on during trick-or-treat because they were at their church. Years later, now that their children are grown, they do hand out candy—but with a twist. They tape on a strip of paper with a Scripture verse and “You have been prayed for tonight.” (What a cool idea!)

If you want to know more about Halloween and its not-so-pagan roots, check out the Halloween Catholic Update special edition. There really is more to the story than witches, ghosts, and goblins—oh, and candy!

Ooooo… I dare you to take a look!


About the Author

Angela Glassmeyer is the institutional marketing and sales manager at Franciscan Media. She is blessed with three amazing children and a husband who both encourages and inspires her. She loves to entertain and feed large crowds of family and friends, but does not love the cleanup that comes with it. Angela has been actively involved at St. James of the Valley for almost twenty years and has served as the PSR coordinator since 2005.