CHRISTIANS AGAINST HALLOWEEN: IS "ALL HALLOWS EVE" A PAGAN FESTIVAL?

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The list author says: "It's that time of year, again... when little ghosts and goblins may be roaming your neighborhood, and ringing your doorbell to joyously exclaim, "Trick or Treat!"

But the question arises: Is Halloween an appropriate activity for Christians? Should Christians whose doorbell rings pass out scary anti-Halloween tracts such as Jack Chick's "Boo!" or "Happy Halloween," or give out evangelistic tracts like "Trick or Truth" or “Don’t Be Tricked” along with (or in lieu of) candy? Or can Christians joyfully participate in the holiday?

Some churches have "alternative" costume parties on Halloween (see "Redeeming Halloween" and “The Un-Halloween Book” below), but many parents wonder if they should let their kids dress up (not as Satan, demons, "evil" witches, or other inappropriate characters, of course) as Spider-Man, or a princess, or even as biblical figures (e.g., Noah), and go "Trick-or-Treating" among their neighbors.

The word "Halloween" is actually of Christian origin, and is a contraction of "All Hallows' Eve," where "hallow" means "holy," and refers to All Saints' Day (originally celebrated in May, but moved to November 1--the dedication day of All Saints Chapel in St. Peter’s Cathedral--in the 8th century by Pope Gregory III). "Eve" referred to the evening vigil preceding the feast (similar to the vigil on Christmas Eve). Reformation Day [October 31st, the day Luther posted his 95 theses] is also celebrated by many Protestants.

Yes, Halloween is associated by some with pagan fall harvest festivals, or with "Samhain" [pronounced SOW-en] a Celtic/Druidic New Year's festival; the Mexican "Day of the Dead" festival on November 1st is also related. (But the Druids had been destroyed by the Romans before Christianity came to the British Isles.)

I'm not taking sides: Here are books and other materials on BOTH sides of the issue. The "Pro"-Halloween materials first, then the "Anti" materials, followed by some secular historical treatments, and a few tracts."
Halloween, Hallowed is Thy Name: How to Scripturally and Theologically Justify Christian Halloween Haunted Houses and Other Evangelistic Events for Christian Fellowship, Fun, and Prophet.
1.  Halloween, Hallowed is Thy Name: How to Scripturally and Theologically Justify Christian Halloween Haunted Houses and Other Evangelistic Events for Christian Fellowship, Fun, and Prophet. by Dr. Eddie J. Smith
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  "Argues, "Halloween [is] an opportunity to glorify ... the One who has given us the victory over the 'prince of darkness' ... By dressing up in costumes and portraying frightening creatures ... we are poking fun at the Serpent whose kingdom has been plundered by our Savior.""
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Christian Origins of Halloween pamphlet
2.  Christian Origins of Halloween pamphlet by Angie Mosteller MA
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  "Argues that Halloween started as a Christian festival; not vice versa."
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Redeeming Halloween: Celebrating without Selling Out (Holiday Series)
3.  Redeeming Halloween: Celebrating without Selling Out (Holiday Series) by Kim Wier
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  "From Focus on the Family."
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The Magic Eightball Test: A Christian Defense of Halloween and All Things Spooky
4.  The Magic Eightball Test: A Christian Defense of Halloween and All Things Spooky by Lint Hatcher
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  "Suggests that Christians can even playfully enjoy the "spooky" aspects of the holiday."
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THE UN-HALLOWEEN BOOK
5.  THE UN-HALLOWEEN BOOK by Deb Miteff
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  "Lots of ideas for "alternative" celebrations."
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How Can I Celebrate Halloween?
6.  How Can I Celebrate Halloween? 
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  "DVD; concludes that young Christians can enjoy Halloween with the knowledge that God is our refuge, and we have nothing to fear."
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Save Halloween!
7.  Save Halloween! by Stephanie S. Tolan
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  "For grades 5-7."
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Halloween: Is It for Real?
8.  Halloween: Is It for Real? by Harold Lawrence Myra
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  "Ages 3 and up; by the President of Christianity Today."
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The Pumpkin Gospel
9.  The Pumpkin Gospel by Mary Manz Simon
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  "Ages 2 and up."
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I'm Not Scared of Halloween Night
10.  I'm Not Scared of Halloween Night by Laurie Lazzaro Knowlton
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  "Ages 4 and up."
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Let's Shine Jesus' Light on Halloween-6pk
11.  Let's Shine Jesus' Light on Halloween-6pk by Diane Stortz
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  "Ages 3 and up."
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My Happy Pumpkin: God's Love Shining through Me
12.  My Happy Pumpkin: God's Love Shining through Me by Crystal Bowman
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  "Ages 2 and up."
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The Pumpkin Patch Parable: Special Edition (Parable Series)
13.  The Pumpkin Patch Parable: Special Edition (Parable Series) by Liz Curtis Higgs
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  "Ages 3 and up."
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Halloween: What You Need to Know (Quick Reference Guides)
14.  Halloween: What You Need to Know (Quick Reference Guides) by Ron Rhodes
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  "Both "anti" and "pro" sides presented."
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A Christian Perspective on Halloween: New Expanded Program
15.  A Christian Perspective on Halloween: New Expanded Program by Tom Dooley
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  "Audio cassette; mostly "anti" interviews with a variety of guests (including Bob Larson, and a former witch)."
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Halloween: Trick or Treat?
16.  Halloween: Trick or Treat? DVD ~ Caryl Matrisciana, Hal Lindsey Chuck Smith
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  "Strongly "anti." (The original VHS tape was "Pagan Invasion Volume 1 - Halloween: Trick or Treat.")"
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The Facts on Halloween
17.  The Facts on Halloween 
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  "By John Ankerberg and John Weldon."
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Halloween: What's a Christian to Do?
18.  Halloween: What's a Christian to Do? by Steve Russo
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Hallowe'en: Treat or Trick
19.  Hallowe'en: Treat or Trick by David Porter
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Halloween and Satanism
20.  Halloween and Satanism by Phil Phillips
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Christians and Halloween: Removing the Mask from a Disguised Holiday
21.  Christians and Halloween: Removing the Mask from a Disguised Holiday by Brian Newman
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  "Only available in a Kindle edition."
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Satan Celebrates? A Christian Perspective of Halloween
22.  Satan Celebrates? A Christian Perspective of Halloween by Peter J. Leithart
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Halloween: Satan's New Year
23.  Halloween: Satan's New Year by Dr. Billye Dymally
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Halloween : Behind The Mask What Every Parent Should Know
24.  Halloween : Behind The Mask What Every Parent Should Know by Tracy L. Berry
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Halloween: Hallowed or Heinous?
25.  Halloween: Hallowed or Heinous? by Patricia Norman Rachal
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Mommy, Why Don't We Celebrate Halloween?
26.  Mommy, Why Don't We Celebrate Halloween? by Linda Hacon Winwood
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  "For ages 9 and up; one of the rare "anti" books for children."
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The History Of Halloween : Its 3000 Years, How The Trick Or Treast Custom Originated , Its Pagan Origins , & More
27.  The History Of Halloween : Its 3000 Years, How The Trick Or Treast Custom Originated , Its Pagan Origins , & More 
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  "DVD; secular program, from The History Channel."
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Halloween: An American Holiday, an American History
28.  Halloween: An American Holiday, an American History by Lesley Pratt Bannatyne
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  "Perhaps the best "historical" treatment from a secular perspective."
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Halloween: From Pagan Ritual to Party Night
29.  Halloween: From Pagan Ritual to Party Night by Nicholas Rogers
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  "A secular history from a university press. (Covers some pro-gay subjects that may offend some Christians.)"
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The Book of Hallowe'en
30.  The Book of Hallowe'en by Ruth Edna Kelley
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  "(1919) The first book-length history of the holiday."
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31.  The Pagan Mysteries of Halloween: Celebrating the Dark Half of the Year by Jean Markale
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  "The author, a French specialist in Celtic traditions, traces the history of Halloween from its origins as a Samhain festival."
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32.  Trick or Treat (Pack of 25) (Proclaiming the Gospel) by Halloween
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  "Strongly "anti" tract."
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