All Hallows Eve: The Disputed Holiday

Posted by    |    October 31st, 2011 at 10:42 am

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It’s finally Halloween and children everywhere are getting excited to put on their costumes of favorite cartoon, TV, and movie characters and run around the neighborhood. Interestingly enough there has been upset from different groups to protest Halloween because it is the “devil’s holiday.”

To combat the “evil” holiday of eating candy and bobbing for apples, the holiday of Jesus Ween has been created. Christians are asked to give out Bibles instead of candy. They have also been asked to dress in white, go around to their neighbors and “spread the gospel.”  Other churches are holding Hell Houses instead of the normal Haunted House. These Hell Houses are meant to show the “unsaved” public what could happen if they engage in same sex relationships, have abortions and “dabble in paganism.”

While Halloween has been related to paganism, it’s real origins came from the Celtic holiday of Samhain. Samhain was a festival for stockpiling for the upcoming winter months. Halloween also has origin in the Christian holiday, All Saints’ Day and All Souls’ Day. These holidays were a time to celebrate and honor the Saints and praying for departed loved ones.

I believe that all these ideas about Halloween being the “devil’s day” is just silly. I think the holiday is what you make it. I think it is a fun time for kids to dress up and have fun with their friends. Happy Halloween!

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Anna Kiappes is a Guest Writer at local media company YouPlusDallas. She is currently a Senior at Southern Methodist University majoring in Journalism. Follow her on Twitter at @akiappes.

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