Con­demned by the Church

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The Church has al­ways had an uneasy re­la­tion­ship with Hal­lowe’en – un­sur­pris­ingly, given its pa­gan ori­gins. In 2009, it was con­demned by the Pope, with the Vat­i­can pro­claim­ing that Hal­lowe’en is a cel­e­bra­tion of ‘ter­ror, fear and death’ with an ‘un­der­cur­rent of oc­cultism.’ Rather bizarrely, mem­bers of the evan­gel­i­cal Amaz­ing Grace Bap­tist Church in North Carolina, USA, chose to burn mod­ern trans­la­tions of the Bi­ble on Hal­lowe’en, claim­ing that ev­ery trans­la­tion ex­cept the tra­di­tional King James ver­sion was Sa­tanic!

For­tu­nately, more open­minded churches also ex­ist, and some of these cel­e­brate Hal­lowe’en by fo­cus­ing on the har­vest as­pect, such as ap­ple bob­bing, har­vest feasts, chil­dren dressed as an­gels, and other cel­e­bra­tions of the sea­son. Other churches en­joy feasts and fun for All Saints Day, with a fo­cus on the good works of the saints.

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