Yeah, That Got Tiresome Real Quick — where I just give up and let them think I worship Satan…

Man, I love Halloween. I love everything about it. I pity the poor child whose parents keep them from participating in the revelry. Living in the Bible belt, you’re bound to run into them — the “we don’t do Halloween” types. Bless their hearts. More candy for me.

Every year about this time, I would undertake the great Halloween Crusade explaining and explaining again that Halloween ≠ Devil Worship. This year, I gave all that up … as evident from this recent phone call.

Typical Kat: [answering phone] Hello.
Typical Evangelical: Hi, Kat. I got your voice mail and I just wanted to call you back. Thank you for inviting our kids to trick-or-treat with your son, but I’m gonna have to pass. Halloween isn’t something we’re into over here.
Typical Kat: Ok. Thanks for calling me back. I think I remember you saying that last year but I wasn’t entirely sure, so I wanted to call and check with you first.
Typical Evangelical: I appreciate that. Yes, we don’t celebrate Satan at our house.
Typical Kat: Oh, well gee. Cause we worship him here!

Halloween and Christianity are not incompatible, m’kay.

Oh, wait. Never mind.

WARSAW, POLAND A Polish archbishop has cautioned that Halloween celebrations violate church teaching and urged Catholics not to take part “even in playful form.”

“This is a fundamentally anti-Christian festival,” said Archbishop Marek Jedraszewski of Lodz. “Parents and teachers should protect youngsters against its images of terror and dread, especially when many already associate it with the cult of Satan.”

About Katrina Fernandez

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  • Suburbanbanshee

    The first Halloween

    Was in 825
    When scarcely a pagan in Europe was alive
    The Celts were Christians then, every one,
    And the point was to honor the friends of God’s Son.

    Halloween, Halloween,

    Golly gee whilliker!

    Came from St. Peter’s

    Basi-i-licker.

    • http://www.patheos.com/blogs/thecrescat Katrina Fernandez

      Brilliant!

  • http://www.archaicsteam.org/ Betta Alexander

    My sisters’ kids had to go to church sponsored “harvest festivals”, I don’t remember if they got candy or not. It seemed to me pretty boring compared to go trick-or-treating as a kid.

    Because seriously? Kids aren’t in it for the “Satanic” aspect just fun and candy. They don’t even have to dress up in “evil” costumes, I have seen religious-styled costumes on Catholic blogs that are very cute.

  • Katharine

    Blah, so tired of the halloween shaming on both sides. We don’t do it, so what!

  • Nan

    Just wait until those Evangelical kids are old enough to go trick-or-drinking!

    What?

  • maizie13

    Boy we have lots of this crap in my community! I’m so sick of it, as someone who is of Irish descent, I have always LOVED Halloween and I don’t worship the devil!

  • Quittin’ time at Tara!

    Luv Halloween here too… Catholics can’t buy into so much of what the world offers, but can’t we just agree that giving kids candy is a nice thing to do? Sheesh!

    Yeah, it pretty much makes me want to steal your Jesus fish.

  • Neil Frazier

    What utter silliness. In northern Alabama, we had Halloween parties at both the local Novus Ordo parish and the Traditional parish. Followed, of course, with prayer for the holy souls in purgatory, praying the Rosary in the cemetary, etc.
    It’s only nasty if you make it that way, such as dressing up as devils or adults dressing as notorious sinners. Have fun, then pray for souls!


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