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Mike, I concede your point. But I think it is true to say that pagan festivities occurred on October 31 (or thereabout) from ancient times. Some Christians focus on this and argue Halloween (All Hallows' Eve) is pagan. I don't happen to be one of them. It is my experience that arguing about the history of something doesn't usually persuade naysayers, especially since things change over time. Halloween has certainly transformed in our culture from a church holiday. So how do we as Christians deal with Halloween as it is today?
I think the most useful way to think about Halloween as a Christian is to consider the three basic perspectives that Christians tend to take. Some will emphasize Halloween's pagan origins, some will stress the evangelistic opportunity in the neighborhood, and others will insist they have Christian freedom to celebrate in a non-sinful way. Just last week my 10 year old son was accused of "worshiping evil" when he answers, "Yes, I do trick or treat." We can't seem to get past this rhetoric in the current stalemate. I put my thoughts on how to move the conversation forward at my blog Dangitbill.
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