Here it is, the week of Halloween. Around our house it has been pretty much solid Halloween celebrations for an entire week between family parties, church parties, community parties, etc. It has been so much fun. We have had many people drop by to visit our home and see our decorations. They don’t seem that spectacular to me, I keep looking at them and am only seeing what I want it to become and it is never even close to what I have planned. (Don’t let my wife know I just said that!)
As I participate in the activities and see the decorations and all the excitement from my grandkids as they get ready to head out trick-or-treating, I often ask myself how Halloween ever came to be such an important holiday in our lives. Sometimes it becomes very controversial, but mostly it is just crazy fun.
As I became more involved with Halloween, Like all year long, I have had people approach me about their concern with the evilness of Halloween. I had never felt that Halloween was evil at all, but I didn’t know enough to argue with anyone and so I just wished them a nice day and went about minding my own business and went back to enjoying Halloween.
A little while ago I had this discussion with my great friend Martin Tanner. He told me he had similar experiences and decided to do an extensive study on the origin and history of Halloween. Martin has shared his research with us and I hope you take the opportunity to read it. It is much more informative than other articles I have read concerning the subject. I learned a lot concerning this holiday that I never considered before, shedding more light on why we do what we do, and it has helped me to love this wonderful holiday all that much more.
Go to the story section and see the History of Halloween. It is very informative and a great read.