What should we make of Halloween?
This blog post on Mystagogy says:
"Halloween originated as a medieval Christian celebration that was part of the Triduum of All Hallows, or Hallowmas (All Hallows Eve, All Hallows Day and All Souls Day lasting from October 31 - November 2), and in the 19th and 20th centuries it acquired Western European and North American cultural traditions that established it as an annual celebration of these societies.
Hence, from this summary we learn of Halloween's Christian origins and its evolution as an annual cultural celebration. What we don't learn from this summary is the negative perspective of the holiday, which demonizes it and condemns it as pagan and satanic. The reason for this is that from a Christian perspective, there is no reason to demonize it nor condemn it as a pagan or satanic holiday. Here's why..."
You can also find additional Halloween resources here, also by the author of Mystagogy, John Sanidopoulos.
Fr Andrew of St Luke Church offers this prayer for Halloween:
Let us Pray to the Lord. Lord have Mercy!
O Lord, You are our God who is the God of the living, all those who died believing in You are living and waiting for Your return. We pray for the departed on this All Hallows Eve. Remember them when you come into your kingdom. Let us not forget them as we ask them to pray for us. May we do works of charity in their name and bring joy to a child who knocks at our door and says: "Trick or treat." Amen.
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