(DANNY PARMELEE ) Should Christians participate in this popular holiday? This is a question I’ve been asking for a long time. Some Christians believe that any participation in Halloween is satanic and sinful, while others believe it’s a harmless tradition to be enjoyed by all. I’ve come to the conclusion that it probably isn’t as black or white as we all wish it were. Most scholars agree Halloween has its origins dating over 2,000 years ago in the Celtic festival of Samhain. Samhain was the Celts’ celebration of their New Year (Oct. 31/Nov. 1) when they wore animal heads, performed animal sacrifices, danced around bonfires, and had their druids (magicians/sorcerers) predict the future.

They also believed that on Oct. 31, ghosts of the dead would come back to earth and communicate with the living through these rituals. In the eighth century, Pope Gregory III, in an effort to supplant the pagan festival, moved All Saints Day—the Catholic Church’s celebration of Christian saints who had died and achieved beatific vision—to Nov. 1. Over time, the two celebrations merged to become what we now know as Halloween. FULL REPORT