Halloween is for Catholics

Halloween marks a church-approved opportunity to thumb your nose at the devil and let him know you’re not afraid of a bully

Far from sympathy for the devil, Halloween is a hodge-podge of Catholic devotion, Protestant hostility and a Papal decree. All Hallows Eve is a windup to the bigger celebrations of All Saints day and All Souls day. In fact, Halloween marks a church-approved opportunity to thumb your nose at the devil and let him know you’re not afraid of a bully. Contrary to popular fiction, it’s not a “Christianization” of Druid or pagan beliefs, nor is it rooted in witchcraft.

According to the article Why Catholics Should Embrace Halloween on the Catholic Answers website (catholic.com), “Dressing children in ‘scary’ costumes for the amusement of the neighbors can defang evil by demonstrating that innocence is adorable and evil is but a damned parasite on all that is good and noble. But in a hyper-scrupulous environment, it can be difficult for Christians to appreciate that there is spiritual value in such mockery of evil – or even that it is mockery of evil and not participation in it.” It diffuses the unhealthy fear of the devil; forgetting that Jesus conquered Satan, from a healthy fear of the great deceiver.

Watching late-night entertainment, we see first-hand how the power of mockery can undermine or diffuse the influence of the unfortunate person being mocked. Once someone or something has been shown to be a fool, it’s hard to take them seriously. In a sense, Halloween is a Christian version of “Jimmy Kimmel” with the devil as a target.

Full story at Orange County Catholic.

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  1. If you live in a leftist neighborhood and you want to dress up as the devil on Halloween, you should dress up as a straight white male who goes to Church and works for a living.

  2. There’s a wholesome alternative in the Sacramento area for those who wish to avoid secular, morally compromised “trick or treating”:
    http://www.sacfssp.com/event/all-hallows-eve-party/
    Donations/contributions welcome.

  3. Thanks for posting this wonderful article. My Protestant friends are all worked up about Halloween. I have told them for years Halloween is not a gateway to the devil and evil; it is a tongue in cheek celebration of God’s victory over evil! Relax everyone and let your kids have some fun.

  4. Homeschoolers dress up as saints and have All Saints’ Parties here in California at various churches. Some of them then go door to door ‘trick or treating” in their costumes afterward, and some do not. I have no objection to a child wearing such a costume to Mass if necessary, but I do not think priests, altar servers and so forth should be costumed at a Mass. It can be put on afterward if you want for a party. We need to keep it good, clean fun.

    • The post October 28 was mine, and I meant I do not mind saints costumes at Mass on children if necessary, but not the secular kind, especially demons or witches, and adults should be adults at Mass.

  5. Ski Ven — great comment!!

  6. Thank you for this article – unfortunately Protestant sensibilities have seeped into the Church in this country and cause conservative Catholics feel pressure to dump Halloween. As for me and mine, we will continue to thumb our noses at the devil and participate in Halloween~

    • The Real Ralph says:

      Really? How conservative are Catholics who cannot recognize that Halloween has overwhelmingly succumbed to celebrations of evil? What does that have to do with Protestants? Who cares what Protestants think – I don’t. I can recognize evil on my own. The irony here is it’s not the conservative sensibilities of Protestants which has infiltrated the Church (in the mainstream, the Evangelicals arguably champion the Commandments better than we do), it’s the liberal tendencies which have infiltrated (we’ve become Protestantized-look at the Mass, for example). I say the self-proclaimed “conservative” Catholics don’t realize how liberal they really are. That’s why they can’t recognize the problem with Halloween.

  7. The Real Ralph says:

    You know, at some point the esoteric meaning of these ancient traditions are long lost. That’s what’s behind the desperation of articles like this one. Go visit the Castro and see what Halloween means there. Halloween has long been taken over by the enemy. That’s why it’s called the “Devil’s holiday.” Participation in so many things Halloween is no longer mockery of evil, it’s now mockery of God. That’s what they’re doing, and that’s why they’re doing it. Good luck standing out from the mainstream – your participation will be interpreted as agreement with the anti-God revelers whether you think so or not. Too many pie in the sky Catholics wandering around these parts. Go pray the Rosary instead.

  8. The Real Ralph says:

    Who is this little 6-year old in the photo with devil horns on her head? What does she understand about all this delusional nonsense? In this centenary year of Fatima, maybe we should recall the vision of hell. That’s what Mary thought was appropriate to show the children. By Lucia’s description, there are an easy few billion people there waiting for the new recruits to show up. I know what we should do, let’s march our children around with devil horns on their heads, because, after all, we’re enlightened.

  9. Anonymous says:

    We are one of the compromisers, I guess. I did not allow witches or murderers or vampires. Mostly they want to dress up as super-heroes. We did the saints thing, too. I don’t allow gore.
    When things are fun, nobody asks “why are we doing this?”

  10. Some people frequently come on this website disguised as the truth fairy.

  11. All Saints' Day fan says:

    BOYCOTT HALLOWEEN!
    It’s really no longer “All Hallows Eve” as we used to know it, since Satan and his followers turned it into a celebration of him. Satanism, witchcraft, the occult /all wickedness, are all practiced to the highest level on this day! This just invites more evil spirits into the world striving to do more damage to our souls. Do some serious research on this! https://backpackerverse.com/the-true-meaning-of-halloween
    Happy All Saints’ Day to all!

  12. I don’t celebrate Halloween. Nowadays, I don’t have much time to celebrate anything. One day I will probably end up in jail for refusing to celebrate a sodomy-sex union.

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