Here is an interesting article from the WSJ on Halloween.
This is one of those holidays that has blown up, or the marketing machine and a willing public has gone along. As a kid it was at best a couple of hours. I’m sure there were, but I don’t remember adults getting costumed and partying. Now its almost worst than New Year’s eve. You can’t admit that you don’t have an Eve to go with your Adam costume or that its all a bit silly for anyone over 10…12?
But there is another side to Halloween. Halloween is the eve of All Saints Day. All Saints is high enough on the Christian calendar that the altar cloths go white. That places it on the same level as Christmas and Easter by the way! As a Lutheran it is also near what we celebrate as reformation day (when Luther nailed the 95 theses to that Wittenberg door). One of the results of the reformation shouldn’t have been the eclipse of All Saints, but a larger view as in the Protestant mind we can safely claim more saints.
Is Halloween the secular celebration of having outgrown all such superstition as devils and saints and God…or is it the collective whistling past the graveyard of a culture that can’t talk about such things or doesn’t want to be forced to? Can Halloween be a bridge to less silly things, or is that just selling out to the culture?