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Should Christians Celebrate Halloween?

Halloween is here and Cascade Patch has a "question of the day" for all readers: Should Christians Celebrate Halloween? Take our poll and share your view in comments!

It's Halloween 2011 and Cascade Patch has a "question of the day" for all readers (religious and non-religious; Christian and other faiths): Should Christians Celebrate Halloween?

Today we not only want you to take our poll, we also want to ask that you tell us why you voted the way you did in our "Comments" section.

Thank you for sharing your view today on Cascade Patch!

Yolande M. Minor October 31, 2011 at 01:47 PM
Hi Janita, I have no problems in celebrating "Halloween" for I know the history of the holiday. It is a Christian holiday, that celebrates the end of harvest season and "All Saints Day". All Saints' Day (in the Roman Catholic Church officially the Solemnity of All Saints and also called All Hallows or Hallowmas), often shortened to All Saints, is a solemnity celebrated on 1 November by parts of Western Christianity, and on the first Sunday after Pentecost in Eastern Christianity, in honor of all the saints, known and unknown. Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/All_Saints%27_Day . Also, Halloween is known as "All Soul's Day". Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/All_Souls%27_Day Further, it is known as Festival of the Dead. Festival of the Dead is held by many cultures throughout the world in honor or recognition of deceased members of the community, generally occurring after the harvest in August, September, October, or November. In Japanese Buddhist custom the festival honoring the departed (deceased) spirits of one's ancestors is known as Bon Festival. In Inca religion the entire month of November is 'Ayamarca', which translates to Festival of the Dead. Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Festival_of_the_dead
Yolande M. Minor October 31, 2011 at 01:53 PM
Why are we scared of an original religious holiday? It has been the idea of lost souls entering purgatory. The idea of the devil coming to get ya !! It has been American customs, that have changed the harmless event to horror stories, and demonic forces. American Literature has changed the face of Halloween. Read the history, then you will understand better, how we have gotten to the place of zombies, and murderous ax men. For instance, the carving of jack-o'-lanterns springs from the souling custom of carving turnips into lanterns as a way of remembering the souls held in purgatory. The turnip has traditionally been used in Ireland and Scotland at Halloween but immigrants to North America used the native pumpkin, which are both readily available and much larger – making them easier to carve than turnips.The American tradition of carving pumpkins is recorded in 1837 and was originally associated with harvest time in general, not becoming specifically associated with Halloween until the mid-to-late 19th century. The imagery of Halloween is derived from many sources, including national customs, works of Gothic and horror literature (such as the novels Frankenstein and Dracula), and classic horror films (such as Frankenstein and The Mummy).
Yolande M. Minor October 31, 2011 at 02:51 PM
Among the earliest works on the subject of Halloween is from Scottish poet John Mayne in 1780, who made note of pranks at Halloween; "What fearfu' pranks ensue!", as well as the supernatural associated with the night, "Bogies" (ghosts), influencing Robert Burns' Halloween 1785. My problem and what makes me angry is when we take a harmless idea and change it into Murder and Ghorre, and state this is harmless. America get your ideas straight !!! We are who are harming our kids and society. Happy Halloween. :> Dr. Yolande Minor, Ed.D. Cascade Patch Correspondent
Mary W. November 02, 2011 at 03:37 AM
Gee Willie, --I can't enjoy Santa Clause, I can't enjoy the Easter Bunny, I can't enjoy the Tooth Fairy, now dressing up in a funny (not scary bloody scary stuff) costume and collecting candy is frowned upon because some people think that it's evil. Evil is only in the heart and mind of those that think evil. It's fun for the kids and the kid's at heart. I'll be in that pumpkin patch again next year with Linus waiting for my gift's fom THE GREAT PUMPKIN.----Loosen up people, stop analizing EVERY thing. Be a little silly.
Yolande M. Minor November 02, 2011 at 05:59 AM
Mary, I agree let's have fun with Halloween. Whoppi Goldberg asked on Monday's show of the "View" where are the $1.99 box costumes we use to buy. I loved them, too. However, let's keep the murders--masked killers with the chainsaws, ax , butcher knives, human flesh eating zombies, and blood sucking vampires out of the Pumpkin Patch !!!

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