Halloween doesn’t deserve bad rep

Allie Wright, Editor-in-Chief

Many families do not celebrate Halloween in America. Although it may seem weird, the families that choose not to participate do so, often because they feel that Halloween is representative of worshiping the devil. It goes back to the origin of the Halloween, or “All Hallow’s Evening,” according to halloweenhistory.org.

On “All Hallow’s Eve,” it was believed that the deceased would come to life and bring illness, causing mischief as the boundaries between the living and the dead joined. To scare the spirits off, children would dress in costume in an effort to prevent their so-called mischief.

Halloween has clearly evolved from what it once was. Devil-worshipping was never really intended to occur; nor witchcraft or other hellish nonsense.  Yes, there are people who use the holiday to participate in activities that praise Hades, but they could do the same on Christmas or Easter as well. Halloween has no historical content relating to celebration of the devil.

If any evil doings have ever occurred in relation with Halloween, it stems from an individual or group of individuals whom have tweaked Halloween’s meaning themselves.

Today, Halloween has come to be a retail holiday. The only sin behind it is how much money retailers make off of it. Maybe taking too much candy from the bowl the neighbor left out could be immoral; but in reality the true “All Hallow’s Eve” devil-related activities is not even true. If devil worshipping is something someone is participating in, then they will perform their voodoo on their own, Halloween or not.

Halloween is presently meant for pure enjoyment—and profits. Fifty-dollar costumes that are only worn once are not really witchcraft. It is business. So everyone should go on their merry way and trick-or-treat. I do not think God will punish any trick-or-treaters for their sugar indulgences this year.