The verb ‘hallow’ is an old word associated with holiness, consecration, and sanctification. Its adjective form ‘hallowed’ is commonly recited a thousand times in elementary school: "'Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name…”

Is there anything ‘hallow’ with ‘Halloween.’ Today, none; before, sort of.


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It all started with the celebration we now call ‘All Saints’ Day.’ The Roman Catholic church officially called it ‘Solemnity of All Saints’ or ‘All Hallows Day,’ celebrated on November 1. (There were other name variants) But on the eve of this event, they had ‘All-Hallows-Even’ (evening) or ‘Hallowe’en.’
What makes it malevolent is that, centuries before this was a “Christian” holiday, the same dates were already a festival of the Celts. The eve and day were associated with practices involving the dead, evil spirits, and divination.

The occasion is called ‘Samhain’ which roughly meant ‘summer’s end.’ The practice involved dressing up with costumes and masks with the intent purpose of warding off evil spirits. It was founded on the belief that the spirit world barrier gets very thin during these dates and some passes through. (By ‘spirit world’ they meant ‘the dominion of darkness.’)

And because human nature loved darkness instead of light [Jn 3:19], the ‘hallowed’ intention of October 31 became demonic. Let us call it what it really is. Today, Halloween is nothing but a celebration of being in the presence of demons.

 There is nothing ‘happy’ about Halloween. The Lord Jesus intentionally saved us from the dominion of darkness, and yet we are entertained by it.

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Sources: Wikipedia entries: Halloween, All Saints Day, Samhain; Etymonline.com