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Halloween falls on a Sunday this year, which creates a problem for some people. Not a serious problem, of course - though they seem to think so.

from Sunday Halloween Irks Some in Bible Belt:

"It's a day for the good Lord, not for the devil," said Barbara Braswell, who plans to send her 4-year-old granddaughter Maliyah out trick-or-treating in a princess costume on Saturday instead.

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It is an especially sensitive issue for authorities in the Bible Belt across the South.

"You just don't do it on Sunday," said Sandra Hulsey of Greenville, Ga. "That's Christ's day. You go to church on Sunday, you don't go out and celebrate the devil. That'll confuse a child."

1: If it's a day "for the devil," isn't it almost as bad to celebrate it on a Saturday? It doesn't seem that celebration in general would violate the common understanding of how to keep the Sabbath since it isn't working - I don't think many people even in the Bible Belt find it unacceptable to celebrate a birthday on Sunday. If the problem is solely in the fact that Halloween is "a day for the devil," it doesn't make much sense to say it's fine to do it Saturday night as long as you show up to church on Sunday. The devil is bad every day of the week, right?

2: Halloween isn't a day for the devil. It's a day for kids to dress up to go trick-or-treating. I'm no expert on the origins of Halloween, but I always thought it had something to do with Puritans dressing up in scary costumes to infiltrate meetings of the real devil worshippers, who supposedly gathered together that day, or at least to protect themselves from them. If that's right (I can't guarantee that it is), it would seem that Halloween is an anti-devil holiday if anything. The Wiccan religion, as I understand it, celebrates the time around Halloween according to their own understanding. But they aren't devil-worshippers either.

And whatever the origins of Halloween, its current institution has little to do with them. It's a fun time for young children, even more fun for gothy-type kids who can really go all out and actually get compliments for it, and yet another excuse for teenagers and college students to throw parties.

3: Sandra Hulsey seems to think that celebrating the devil (I'm sure I couldn't possibly sway her opinion on this) on the Lord's day would confuse a child. So that's why we have to celebrate Halloween a day early - worshipping the devil Saturday and then the Lord on Sunday certainly won't confuse children. In fact, it will teach them a valuable lesson: you get the rest of the week to yourself, just make sure to go tell God you feel bad about it on Sunday and you can still go to heaven.


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