One thing I never understood was the religious zealots who think Halloween promotes satantic or occult activities. I mean there is only several decades of evidence which shows that celebrating Halloween has not turned millions of American children into hordes of devil-worshippers.
In spite of overwhelming evidence, there still are plenty of people who refuse to accept the obvious when it proves them wrong with regard to Halloween. Call me a Knight In Service of Satan if you will, but I just don't see a problem with an occasion in which I give out a ton of free candy to kids and get to meet my neighbors.
Special thanks to the Rev. Drew Collins - a Blogland reader - who shared a link which addresses the unjustifiable paranoia of those who are afraid of Halloween from a theological perspective:
This is a good place to note that many articles in books, magazines, and encyclopedias are written by secular humanists or even the pop-pagans of the so-called "New Age" movement. (An example is the article by Wynn Parks cited above.) These people actively suppress the Christian associations of historic customs, and try to magnify the pagan associations. They do this to try and make paganism acceptable and to downplay Christianity. Thus, Halloween, Christmas, Easter, etc., are said to have pagan origins. Not true.
Oddly, some fundamentalists have been influenced by these slanted views of history. These fundamentalists do not accept the humanist and pagan rewriting of Western history, American history, and science, but sometimes they do accept the humanist and pagan rewriting of the origins of Halloween and Christmas, the Christmas tree, etc. We can hope that in time these brethren will reexamine these matters as well. We ought not to let the pagans do our thinking for us.