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Catholic Answers to Your Halloween Questions

“Is Halloween an evil holiday?”

Nope! The word itself means “All Hallows’ Eve” (“hallow” is an old-fashioned word for holy) because it’s the night before the feast of All Saints. There’s a lot of research that’s been done on the origin of this holiday but I’ll save you the long version and just tell you: it was always our holiday.


The long history of this holiday is all over the board with which country and group of people were claiming it as their own. Even in the U.S. (a long time ago) there were some puritan wiccans who claimed Halloween as theirs. And then Hollywood reinforced the whole demonic idea with a couple scary movies, and then bada-bing, bada-boom, Christians were scared that participating in Halloween festivities was bad for your soul. Which I can understand because there is a lot of emphasis on death and gore and scary things. All…

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Christina Mead

Christina Mead is a Catholic writer and creative professional based in Phoenix, Arizona. Her favorite way to use her Theology degree is to help young women understand what it means to live an authentic Catholic life and that’s reflected in both of her published books, “That One Girl” and “More Than a Pretty Face.” When she’s not behind her keyboard, Christina is either behind a camera, or next to her husband traveling and adventuring and probably mountain biking. Read more and connect with Christina on