Halloween is a touchy subject. Vulnerable people living alone are fearful that they will be terrorised in their own home by unruly youngsters.
It is one more date in the calendar for the shops to boost sales of themed goods. Some Christians are alarmed by the apparent celebration of witchcraft and the occult that they believe can cause great harm to people. Many parents and children see it simply as a time to have fun dressing up and pretending to do scary things.
Halloween is the day before All Saints’ Day. It was in the contrast between the two, that Halloween became popular.
Wisdom says that we need to face our fears in order to overcome them. On ‘The Eve of All Hallows’ people felt safe to face their fear of death, of ghosts and all that might be concealed in darkness, because they had faith in the light that came from God and was reflected by the saints.
Children can safely join in with Halloween as long as they know that the light is stronger. They, and we, do not need to fear the darkness, if we aim to live in the light of goodness and love.
Rev John Bennett
St Mary and St Nicolas, Spalding