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Halloween

10/28/2012 new

Hello members. I have been wondering to what degree is it appropriate for a Catholic or Christian to participate or enjoy the festivities of Halloween?


The common sense approach would be to negate violent horror movies, but what about attending festivities at amusement parks like Busch Gardens Howl o Scream. Does anyone feel a struggle in this regard?

10/28/2012 new

(Quote) Swaroop-373895 said: Hello members. I have been wondering to what degree is it appropriate for a Catholic or Christi...
(Quote) Swaroop-373895 said:

Hello members. I have been wondering to what degree is it appropriate for a Catholic or Christian to participate or enjoy the festivities of Halloween?


The common sense approach would be to negate violent horror movies, but what about attending festivities at amusement parks like Busch Gardens Howl o Scream. Does anyone feel a struggle in this regard?

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Halloween actually began as a Christian tradition known as "All Hallows Eve". The contraction, Halloween, came later. But, you're asking what's practical in today's society.

With proper explanation about what the day represents, the children can be allowed to play, dress up in costumes, and have fun with the trick-or-treat ritual. No -- it's not a day for satanic worship in a Christian environment, nor is it a day to watch out for evil spirits (any more than usual). Overall, it's harmless fun -- again with proper parental guidance.

What we have seen in recent years is a heavy commercialized influence, raising the celebration almost to the level of a major holiday. What we're seeing are huge displays of halloween decorations on lawns, complete with elaborate lighting-- nearing Christmas decorations at some homes. What's NOT seen are any religious figures.

While we might see artificial tombstones with clever remarks on them, it can be tied into the theme of All Saints and All Souls days. It can be a reminder of mortality. I doubt that in most cases it's intended that way, but Christians can certainly use these as teaching moments.

Let the fun begin.

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10/28/2012 new

Hi Ray. Thanks for your input. I still am concerned that what are the moral implications of watching things during October like the movie Bram Stoker's Dracula, or Vlad the Impaler documentaries, or attending haunted hayrides. Can such activities be looked upon as venial sins? I imagine that its okay for children to go Trick or Treating and wear costumes, but how do you feel towards Halloween activites for adults? In a way some of these fun October activities actually help me to resist the temptations of worse activities like drinking, pornography, masturbation, fornication, etc.

10/28/2012 new

(Quote) Swaroop-373895 said: Hi Ray. Thanks for your input. I still am concerned that what are the moral implications of wat...
(Quote) Swaroop-373895 said:

Hi Ray. Thanks for your input. I still am concerned that what are the moral implications of watching things during October like the movie Bram Stoker's Dracula, or Vlad the Impaler documentaries, or attending haunted hayrides. Can such activities be looked upon as venial sins? I imagine that its okay for children to go Trick or Treating and wear costumes, but how do you feel towards Halloween activites for adults? In a way some of these fun October activities actually help me to resist the temptations of worse activities like drinking, pornography, masturbation, fornication, etc.

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I'm not familiar with a lot of the horror films out there nowadays. Not my cup of tea exactly. I would say that if the movie glorifies evil or draws one to Satan, the answer is obvious -- stay away. Personally, I wouldn't consider viewing "acceptable" horror films as sinful. For those who don't mind spooky, scary films, they can be viewed as entertainment. One could also consider lingering after effects, if any, and what role they might play in a person's thoughts and/or behavior. Going to houses of horror that are set up for Halloween are typically scary, but harmless.

Bringing children to see such films, or force them to go to horror houses could result in nightmares for them. Parents need to use discretion and keep the welfare of children in mind.

I think the main concern is glamorizing satan, and evil spirits.

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