- Popularly, yes! Horrifying it is!
- Traditionally, it's just the opposite.
- The pretend spirits of the dead (now known as tricker-treaters) will circulate in your neighborhood and could grow angry if you don't treat. We'll ply them with candy to avoid upended garbage cans or soap-writing on the window.
- It's not an evening of horror. It's a joyful remembrance of our saints. November 1 is "All Saints Day" for Christians.
- Our word Halloween derives from an older word, Hallowe'en. Hallows is an old word for "Saintly Person." "All Hallows" means "all saintly person," or All Saints. Liturgically the remembrance of saints begins with vespers at sundown on October 31. Thus, our current word "Hallowe'en" just means All Hallows eve.
- Who is your favorite saint or saints?
- How can remembering a great old saint or two help you and your family this Hallowe'en? A good question for a dinner table conversation? Or for a discussion group or fellowship group?
P.S. Thanks to Eli, Abby and Lucy for their contributions to the posting.