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A Christian debate over Halloween: Counter, co-opt, or embrace it?
October 28th, 2011
02:30 PM ET

A Christian debate over Halloween: Counter, co-opt, or embrace it?

Editor's note: Listen to the CNN Radio broadcast about the debate: By Jim Roope, CNN

Los Angeles (CNN) - For many American Christians, Halloween is innocent, harmless and fun, and they trick-or-treat, carve pumpkins and don costumes with gusto.

For others, though – especially for some conservative and fundamentalist Christians - Halloween is a celebration of evil and has no place in the life of a believer.

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“We don’t endorse that or we don’t celebrate that,” said Joe Hernandez, pastor of Worshipwalk Church in Los Angeles, which belongs to the conservative Pentecostal tradition. “People are celebrating the devil’s holiday.”

Halloween’s roots are believed to date back 1,400 years, to the Irish-pagan New Year’s celebration. The Celtic New Year began on November 1. People would light bonfires and wear costumes to ward off roaming ghosts and evil spirits.

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Some Christians, like Hernandez, believe Halloween’s pagan roots can open the door to evil. That’s why Worshipwalk is hosting a harvest festival in its church parking lot on Monday, with kids’ games and face painting.

Hernandez calls it harvesting hearts for God.

Some conservative churches go a step further, attempting to co-opt the holiday with haunted houses - called “hell houses” - that are designed to give a glimpse of eternal damnation in hopes of strengthening faith.

“There’s Satan’s lies and there’s Jesus’ redemption and there’s a message that will change your life,” said Keenan Roberts, who says he is the inventor of the hell house, which people walk or call through, just as they would a haunted house.

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“It’s designed to reach the ‘sight and sound’ age,” said Roberts. “The message is sacred but the method is not.”

Hell houses can be graphic. In Roberts’ hell house – which he markets through his Hell House Ministries – live actors depict scenes of abortion, rape, suicide and murder, though the journey through the house culminates in scenes of redemption through Jesus.

Pastor of the fundamentalist New Destiny church near Denver, Colorado, Roberts said that his ministry has received a lot of criticism for what critics say is “going too far.”

But he said today’s kids are so desensitized that he will do whatever it takes to get the message of salvation to take root.

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Mainline Protestants tend to take a much softer line on Halloween, with some mainline churches embracing it.

“Halloween for me is a time to have fun,” said Wayne Walters, pastor at the First United Methodist Church in Burbank, California. “I remember growing up - on Halloween I went trick-or-treating. I was in it for the candy.”

“And at Christmas I put out cookies and milk for Santa Claus, who always took time to sit down and enjoy them,” he continued. “None of those I think had a negative influence, destroyed or diminished my faith, he said.”

Walters says that many non-religious traditions associated with Christian holidays, including Santa Claus and the Easter Bunny, hardly mean those holidays are non-Christian.

- CNN Belief Blog

Filed under: Christianity • Halloween

soundoff (3,144 Responses)
  1. Asklepios417

    I'm surprised Christians aren't lobbying the government to have the Statue of Liberty torn down.

    "The Statue of Liberty is of a robed female figure representing Libertas, the Roman goddess of freedom, who bears a torch and a tabula ansata (a tablet evoking the law) upon which is inscribed the date of the American Declaration of Independence, July 4, 1776."

    No wonder the economy is in the dumpster, with the status of a pagan goddess in New York.

    (Or has the statue of limitations run out on that one ?)

    October 29, 2011 at 4:26 am |
  2. Pj

    Yesterday, some of the employees where I work dressed up in costumes. One wore a clown's outfit, another went as Snow White with her coworkers dressed as dwarves. They had fun being creative, thinking up cute, funny and colorful details to add to their 'look.' We had a chili contest, too. . Anyone who wore a sports shirt, had to donate money to a disabled children's fund. People did so gladly. Noone was 'celebrating' an evil tradition, nor dwelling on druidism. I think there are a lot of current-day activities that had their 'origins' in priimitive rituals that have long since lost any wicked import and meaning in our world today. Turning bad into good is an admirable thing. Lighten up!

    October 29, 2011 at 4:14 am |
  3. Sonny317

    The Celtic observance of Halloween goes back more than 1,400 years. More like 2,400 years. It was being celebrated by the Celtic tribes long before Christ was born.

    October 29, 2011 at 4:04 am |
  4. J

    Celtic druids sacrificed human beings and engaged in cannibalism.

    http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/2009/03/090320-druids-sacrifice-cannibalism.html

    Halloween is a holiday drenched in blood. It is an evil day, celebrated by the occult as their new year. It is a day of ritual sacrifice, sorcery, and devil worship. Christians should avoid it like the plague and pray for the church.

    October 29, 2011 at 3:59 am |
    • frank

      "Celtic druids sacrificed human beings and engaged in cannibalism."

      christianity's main ritual is centered around the eating of the flesh of its god, and the drinking of his blood. the christian god had his own boy butchered for something he did not do. wrap it up however you want, christianity is little more than just another death cult.

      "Halloween is a holiday drenched in blood"

      and christianity is just so blood free right? the central principle of christianity is that man is evil.. all man... that even our best efforts at 'righteousness' on our own is as 'filthy menstral rags' to god. that the ONLY cure for this is to wash ones self in the sacrificial blood of the so called 'Lamb'. . . that to die for another is a great thing... Christianity is a religion drenched in blood. Now before you start accusing me of being a 'satanist', remember this: the christian god created satan. he foreknew he would rebel..let it happen. he foreknew that he would usher corruption into all creation, yet did nothing to stop it. sounds to me like the god of christianity is more a monster than the devil.

      October 29, 2011 at 4:24 am |
    • Scott

      yes what a great idea lets pray for God that has spilt more blood over time than any pagan religion

      October 29, 2011 at 4:35 am |
    • TruthPrevails

      Halloween no longer reflects that and it is unfair of christians to prevent their children from partaking in the fun b/c they are stupid enough to think it is such an evil holiday celebration in this day and age. Kids celebrate the holiday for fun...let them have it. No holiday holds the same meaning any more and if christians are going to stop celebrating Halloween due to its pagan roots, I suggest they stop celebrating Christmas also because it also has pagan roots.
      Just look around you...the commercialism is so large it takes away from the origins of the holiday.

      October 29, 2011 at 5:42 am |
  5. Ken

    They ought to string up the witches and burn them at the stake, I do declare.

    October 29, 2011 at 3:55 am |
    • frank

      how many thousands of inocent people were : burned, hung, drowned, flayed, tortured etc by god fearing christians throughout history? this practice is STILL going on to this day (africa) only they are including gays in their targets of preference. i have yet to meet a wiccan that wanted to lay me down and drop 500 lb stone slabs on my chest.

      October 29, 2011 at 4:30 am |
    • TruthPrevails

      Only if that can be done to the christians also!

      October 29, 2011 at 5:43 am |
  6. Alya

    Christmas and Easter are also pagan holiday, weakly co-opted by Christians when they couldn't prevent their ex-pagan converts from celebrating the Winter Solstice and the Spring Equinox.

    October 29, 2011 at 3:32 am |
    • TexasPagan

      Also in the "weekly co-oped" category, Tyr's day, Wodan's Day, Thor's Day, Frigg's Day, Saturn's Day (Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday). Should a good Christian only acknowledge Sun day and Moon day?

      October 29, 2011 at 6:17 am |
  7. Tim

    This whole "Christian" aspect is really relative and specific. Not all churches or Christians feel this is a big issue and most ignore it. Some oppose it and some have their own version. I don't think most reasonable Christians have a problem with stuff like this, and a lot of them have a sense of humor and common sense. Of course, it's the extremists that have to take everything too seriously that give everyone else a bad name. That said, how can a people worship God and then act like they speak for him, as if God wouldn't have a sense of humor, too?

    October 29, 2011 at 3:29 am |
  8. David Johnson

    This is a dumb debate. There are no god(s). No evil spirits. No supernatural happenings.

    If you want to have a party and hang spiderwebs and rubber skeletons... Whatever. For me, it's all about the beer. Cold and plentiful.

    Jesus won't care. He is dead, if He ever existed.

    Cheers!

    October 29, 2011 at 3:25 am |
    • Tim

      Most educated people that study history agree that Jesus existed, actually, and there's a lot of evidence to support it. Of course, the whole "son of God" part is up for debate.

      October 29, 2011 at 3:27 am |
    • Adam

      http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=qofGS4UhjAI#!

      October 29, 2011 at 3:30 am |
    • David Johnson

      @Tim

      You said: "Most educated people that study history agree that Jesus existed, actually, and there's a lot of evidence to support it."

      No, Timmy. But, please provide with this Lots of evidence.

      Just 2 assumptions:
      (1) Jesus died in about 30 C.E.

      (2) Hearsay is not acceptable evidence.

      Hearsay – hear•say/ˈhi(ə)rˌsā/
      Noun: Information received from other people that cannot be adequately substantiated; rumor.
      The report of another person's words by a witness, usually disallowed as evidence in a court of law.
      Synonyms: rumor – report – gossip – whisper – scuttlebutt – crap (mine)

      There were no eyewitness accounts of Jesus. The Gospels were written by god knows who in the third person. The Gospels were written with an agenda i.e., Jesus was the Messiah and Son of God.

      We know virtually nothing about the persons who wrote the gospels we call Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John.
      -Elaine Pagels, Professor of Religion at Princeton University, (The Gnostic Gospels)

      The bottom line is we really don't know for sure who wrote the Gospels.
      -Jerome Neyrey, of the Weston School of Theology, Cambridge, Mass. in "The Four Gospels," (U.S. News & World Report, Dec. 10, 1990)

      Jesus is a mythical figure in the tradition of pagan mythology and almost nothing in all of ancient literature would lead one to believe otherwise. Anyone wanting to believe Jesus lived and walked as a real live human being must do so despite the evidence, not because of it.
      -C. Dennis McKinsey, Bible critic (The Encyclopedia of Biblical Errancy)

      There are no known secular writings about Jesus, that aren't forgeries, later insertions, or hearsay. NONE!

      Most of the supposed authors lived AFTER Jesus was dead. Can you say hearsay?

      Philo of Alexandria (20 BC – 50 AD) a contemporary Jewish historian, never wrote a word about Jesus. This is odd, since Philo wrote broadly on the politics and theologies around the Mediterranean.

      Lucius Annaeus Seneca (ca. 4 BCE – 65 CE) A.K.A. Seneca the Younger. A contemporary of Jesus wrote extensively on many subjects and people. But he didn't write a word about a Jesus.

      Gaius Plinius Secundus (23 AD – August 25, 79 AD), better known as Pliny the Elder, was a Roman author, naturalist, and natural philosopher. Plinius wrote "Naturalis Historia", an encyclopedia into which he collected much of the knowledge of his time. There is no mention of a Jesus.

      The area in and surrounding Jerusalem served, in fact, as the center of education and record keeping for the Jewish people. The Romans, of course, also kept many records. Moreover, the gospels mention scribes many times, not only as followers of Jesus but the scribes connected with the high priests. And nothing about the Jesus. Nada! Not even something chiseled on a wall or carved into a tree like: "Jesus Loves Mary Magdalene".

      John 21:25 King James Version (KJV)
      25And there are also many other things which Jesus did, the which, if they should be written every one, I suppose that even the world itself could not contain the books that should be written. Amen.

      You would think a fellow this "gifted" , would have at least been mentioned by one of these historians.
      There is a line in the musical Jesus Christ Superstar that says:"The rocks themselves would start to sing".

      Hmm...
      We don't even have a wooden shelf that Jesus might have built. Or anything written by Jesus. God incarnate, and we don't even have a Mother's day card signed by Him.

      Mark 3:7- 8 King James Version (KJV)
      7But Jesus withdrew himself with his disciples to the sea: and a great mult_itude from Galilee followed him, and from Judaea,
      8And from Jerusalem, and from Idumaea, and from beyond Jordan; and they about Tyre and Sidon, a great mult_itude, when they had heard what great things he did, came unto him.

      Yet, not one of these adoring fans, bothered to draw a picture, chisel a bust, or even write down a description. Even Mohammad has a description. Virtually all important people do. And god, being god, could have preserved it.

      The Dead Sea Scrolls did not mention Jesus or have any New Testament scripture, as some have claimed.

      Jesus, if he existed, was not considered important enough to write about by any contemporary person. The myth hadn't had a chance to flourish. The future stories and miracles needed awhile to grow and spread.

      Paul's writings were the first, about Jesus. But, Paul's writing was done 25 to 30 years after Jesus was dead. In a primitive, ultra-supersti_tious society, 25 years is a lot of time for a myth to grow. Twenty-five years was most of the average person's lifespan in the 1st Century.

      Some people feel that Paul, not Jesus, is the real father of what most Christians believe today (Pauline Christianity).
      Paul never actually met Jesus. His knowledge and faith was the result of hearsay and an epileptic "vision".

      Questions on the Crucifixion story:
      "Likewise also the chief priests mocking said among themselves with the scribes, He saved others; himself he cannot save." Mark 15:31

      "Let Christ the King of Israel descend now from the cross, that we may see and believe..." Mark 15:32

      It would appear, that the chief priests are admitting that Jesus "saved" others. If they knew this, then there is no reason for them to demand that Jesus descend from the cross, in order for them to believe. They already admitted to knowing of Jesus' "miracles".

      This is just an embellishment by Mark. A work of fiction possibly constructed to make it appear that some Old Testament "prediction" was fulfilled. Like:

      "I offered my back to those who beat me, my cheeks to those who pulled out my beard; I did not hide my face from mocking and spitting." – Isaiah 50:6

      Here is another:

      1 Corinthian 15:14-17 – Paul says Christianity lives or dies on the Resurrection.

      1 Corinthians 15:4 "4And that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the scriptures"

      Matthew 12:40 – Jesus said, that he would be buried three days and three nights as Jonah was in the whale three days and three nights.

      Friday afternoon to early Sunday morning is only 2 days at the most. Or, if you count Friday and Sunday as entire days, then you could get 3 days and 2 nights. This is a gimme though. The Mary's went to the grave at sunrise and it was empty.

      Obviously, the fundies spin this like a pinwheel. I have seen explanations like: Jesus was actually crucified on Wednesday or maybe Thursday; The prophesy actually means 12 hour days, and not 24 hour days; The partial days are counted as full days. This one is true, but still doesn't add up.

      At any rate, the crucifixion day and number of days and nights Jesus spent in the grave, is disputed.

      It looks very much like, that Jesus was not in the grave for 3 days and 3 nights. The prophecy was not fulfilled.

      And what of this?:
      Jesus had healed a woman on the Sabbath!:

      Luke 13 31:33 KJV
      31The same day there came certain of the Pharisees, saying unto him, Get thee out, and depart hence: for Herod will kill thee.

      32And he said unto them, Go ye, and tell that fox, Behold, I cast out devils, and I do cures to day and to morrow, and the third day I shall be perfected.

      33Nevertheless I must walk to day, and to morrow, and the day following: for it cannot be that a prophet perish out of Jerusalem.

      NOTE that Jesus is saying, it is impossible for a prophet (Himself) to be killed outside of Jerusalem.

      Yet, Jesus WAS killed outside Jerusalem!

      Calvary or Golgotha was the site, outside of ancient Jerusalem’s early first century walls, at which the crucifixion of Jesus is said to have occurred. OOoopsie!

      And there is this:

      According to Luke 23:44-45, there occurred "about the sixth hour, and there was darkness over all the earth until the ninth hour, and the sun was darkened, and the veil of the temple was rent in the midst."

      Yet not a single secular mention of a three hour ecliptic event got recorded. 'Cause it didn't happen!

      Mathew 27 51:53
      51 At that moment the curtain of the temple was torn in two from top to bottom. The earth shook, the rocks split 52 and the tombs broke open. The bodies of many holy people who had died were raised to life. 53 They came out of the tombs after Jesus’ crucifixion and went into the holy city and appeared to many people.

      How come nobody wrote about zombies running through the cities? 'Cause it is all b.s.

      An interesting note:
      "The same phenomena and portents of the sudden darkness at the sixth hour, a strong earthquake, rent stones, a temple entrance broken in two, and the rising of the dead have been reported by multiple ancient writers for the death of Julius Caesar on March 15, 44 BC." – Sources Wikipedia (John T. Ramsey & A. Lewis Licht, The Comet of 44 B.C. and Caesar's Funeral Games, Atlanta 1997, p. 99–107

      Hmmm...
      If you can't even believe the crucifixion story how likely is the resurrection account to be true? In a book that is a mix of fiction and "fact", how do you know which is which? Especially, since all of the bible seems very unlikely and does not fit with the reality we see around us.?

      If Jesus was the Messiah and the Son of God, who died for man's redemption, then this would be the most important event in the history of man.

      Having gone to the trouble of impregnating a human and being born god incarnate and dying for mankind's sins, why wouldn't god have ensured there was tons of evidence that this was true? Multiple Writings by contemporary eyewitnesses – Jews and Romans and Greeks.

      You are going to want to say that there IS lots of evidence, but look at reality: There are way more people, in the world, who are not Christians (67%) than who are (33%). Obviously, the evidence is not adequate to convince even a majority of the world's people.

      You can't convince a believer of anything; for their belief is not based on evidence, it's based on a deep-seated need to believe. – Carl Sagan

      Cheers!

      October 29, 2011 at 6:45 pm |
  9. Giovanni

    8=====D ~~~~~

    October 29, 2011 at 3:18 am |
  10. Dennis

    Just had a wonderful "trunk-or-treat" activity at church this evening, kids loved dressing up in costumes, the candy, and the fun they had with the balloon animals and face painting. I don't see having a merry time as unchristian, then again, I'm Mormon, and you know what they say about Mormons not being Christians... 🙂

    October 29, 2011 at 3:03 am |
  11. Andrew

    Odin the "all father" said he would rid the world of Frost Giants, Jesus said he would rid the world of men with evil hearts.....I don't see any frost giants....think about it...

    October 29, 2011 at 2:50 am |
    • Solomon

      LMAO. Go back to 4chan, bro.

      October 29, 2011 at 3:17 am |
    • Asklepios417

      ".....I don't see any frost giants"

      It's the ones you don't see, that get you.

      October 29, 2011 at 4:20 am |
  12. ThatSatanGuy

    All hail Satan, prince of darkness!

    October 29, 2011 at 2:33 am |
    • ReligionIsACult

      Hell yeh bro – LORD OF THE FLYS!

      October 29, 2011 at 2:39 am |
  13. Subbaiah Patety

    Its very nice... to hear and see the things towards christians, THANKS

    October 29, 2011 at 1:07 am |
  14. Kris

    Importantly these nutty Christians that think hallowed eve is of the devil are in the minority and most of us can simply ignore them.

    October 29, 2011 at 12:23 am |
  15. Reality

    from: http://members.tripod.com/~TaraMiller/halloween.html

    "Halloween: The Pagan Festival of Samhain

    Paganism, and Druidry especially, recognise eight feasts durring the yearly cycle or the Eight Fold Year. These celebrations are based upon a deep and mysterious connection between our individual lives and the source of this planet’s life. Like any other religious ocassion, these Pagan holidays are marked by special observances.

    The most popular festival, in ancient times as well as modern Pagan society, is Samhain or Samhuinn, (pronounced Sou’in) the Celtic new year.

    Halloween Myths

    1) The pumpkin God, Samhain ( pronounced Sam’hane) DOES NOT exist.

    2) Pagans DO NOT sacrifice babies or animals on Halloween. The Wiccan Rede states "Do what thou wilst, but harm none."

    3) Pagans DO NOT worship the Devil or Satan on Halloween.

    4) PAGANS ARE NOT SATANISTS.

    These myths have been perpetuated by people who have seen too many horror movies and the Christian idea of horrific and mythical forms of Satanism. "

    But post-Halloweed, we have this:

    Mocking Wicca and Paganism?

    Spells, curses, covens, black magic, witches, voodooing dolls, hoodooing the results, shadow books, maypoles,
    horned god(s) and triple goddess(es), Gerald Gardner et al??

    Never!!!!

    October 29, 2011 at 12:17 am |
    • bakagami

      in a way Pagans do worship "Satan" since that is the Christian name for Pan. when the early Christians were twisting around their holidays in a strange effort to fool the followers of pagan beliefs into embracing Christianity, they didn't quite know what to do with the old horned god. So they turned him into their devil. that's how I heard it anyway

      October 29, 2011 at 1:01 am |
    • RD

      @ Bakagami

      Actually you are quite wrong on that part. The english word Pagan comes from the latin word paganus, which means "rural", "rustic" or "of the countryside". People often times use Paganism when refering to Satanics simply because Satanism is a FORM of Paganism. But, not all Pagans are satanics. So....to claim that all Pagans are Satan worshipers is quite false. Paganism can refer to anything that isn't of a monotheistic God. Paganism refers to not just Satanism but also to Greek Methology, Roman Methology, Wicca, etc....

      October 29, 2011 at 4:27 am |
    • frank

      samhain... pronounced Sow-wen.

      October 29, 2011 at 4:33 am |
  16. Iqbal Khan

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uIURcB-YdNA&feature=related

    October 28, 2011 at 11:06 pm |
    • Bearer Of Bad News

      I take it you're trying to convert people. Just an FYI, we aren't interested.

      October 29, 2011 at 12:18 am |
    • Temperance1

      While what you say is correct on a fundamental level, please take into consideration that it was the Church that crucified the holiday, and absconded with most of the major holidays currently known. Even Christmas is a pagan holiday celebrating the birth of a new year, and not the birth/death of Jesus Christ. The Church used these holidays to convert the masses. Jesus, if he was a literal figure in history, was born in the summer, not the winter, of the northern hemisphere.

      That's not to say it is no more or less important in our currently theology. But we have to take the caveats of a biased church with the reality of what really was, which is the point I think you were making.

      October 29, 2011 at 3:02 am |
    • GetToKnowJesus

      I'm a convert as well, but to Christianity. I honestly looked for God and even considered Islam but I couldn't find the perfect God that I was looking for anywhere but in Jesus. Unfortunately, you are a muslim because you were born in a muslim family and these people, you keep posting videos of, are muslims because they never knew Jesus. If they did, this would never happen, regardless of what they claim. The problem is, you can't question your own beliefs or the life of Mohammed because you've been conditioned not to. If you are willing to, compare the life of Jesus with the life of Mohammed, and ask yourself, who between the two really represented God? Both lived a completely opposite life. One guy knew where He was going and the place he will take His people to, the other one did not know where he himself would end up and certainly could not tell his people where they would end up. Which one are you following and why?

      October 29, 2011 at 4:16 am |
    • RD

      @GettoknowJesus

      This posting just makes you look so ignorant. Every single Muslim knows Jesus dude, He is taught about very much so in the Qu'ran. They just don't believe He is the son of God. My muslim friend put it in a simple way to me. He explained that Moses, Jesus, Mohammad are all seen as prophets of God, and they were special prophets because they were each given a special gift from God. Jesus's gift was the ability to cure the sick and raise the dead. That is how a my Muslim friend simplified if for me.

      October 29, 2011 at 4:33 am |
  17. Friedman

    Deal with it. Look at what Christians do to Christmas. Yes I am a christian too.

    October 28, 2011 at 10:53 pm |
  18. lindyb

    During the Middle Ages, Halloween was a Christian holiday honoring the dead.

    October 28, 2011 at 10:48 pm |
    • Temperance1

      Before that, it was a holiday to ward off the evils of the Black Plague, and other problems with society. It's not Christian, Catholic, etc, in the least. It's a pagan holiday, at its roots.

      October 29, 2011 at 3:04 am |
  19. Iqbal Khan

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2m4KW-dysKk

    October 28, 2011 at 10:24 pm |
  20. IrishYank

    Still don't understand why Christianity has an issue with this. They should be more against Christmas and the magical Santa, as when I made the connection about his being make believe, I thought next about all the magical tricks they told me about Jesus. Think about it.

    October 28, 2011 at 8:55 pm |
    • MartinT

      Hey Santa is REAL, I saw him down at Macys when I was nine. Never saw Jesus, and he (Jesus) sure never left me anything under the tree.

      October 28, 2011 at 10:08 pm |
    • Gadflie

      I suspect the reason that the Christians don't like it is because they have yet to manage to steal it. Like they did Christmas and Easter.

      October 28, 2011 at 10:21 pm |
    • Bearer Of Bad News

      Halloween was stolen by the christians for a while.

      October 28, 2011 at 11:30 pm |
    • bakagami

      I went through the same thing. one day it just occurred to me, if Santa is a lie, and the Easter bunny isn't real then what about Jesus. it was like the holidays were preparing me for atheism. To me Halloween was the only tradition of my childhood that didn't lie to me

      October 29, 2011 at 12:43 am |
    • ReligionIsACult

      Jesus never existed and religion was the greatest trick ever pulled over mans eyes.

      October 29, 2011 at 2:40 am |
    • RD

      You guys do know that St. Nicholas was a real person right? To some people he is a symbol of generosity and love because of what he did in his lifetime. Look up St. Nicholas when you get the chance. He is a canonized saint in the Catholic religion, and he actually did a lot of good things for people.

      October 29, 2011 at 4:36 am |
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