Some years ago, I was trying to make small talk with a little child who lived on my block and wandered over to say “Hi” to me as I was raking fall leaves. I asked him what he was going to be for Halloween, and he responded, “We don’t observe Halloween. It’s of the devil. We’re Christian.” He was clearly parroting something his parents had taught him. This was not the first time I had heard of some Christians opposing Halloween because they saw it as “satanic.” So, where do Catholics stand when it comes to Halloween? Well, the truth is, Halloween actually has its roots in Catholicism! Even the name, Halloween, is a reference to the eve of the feast of All Hallows, aka, All Saints Day (November 1). In this episode of Pop-Up Catechesis, we explore some of the Catholic roots of Halloween and offer some tips for helping children understand that Halloween is nothing to be afraid of.
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