Condemned by the Church
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.