is un-Catholic, which is why so many traditional Catholic priests
have taught over the years, that Catholics should not observe this
which the pagans call Samhein,
is an ancient pagan feast still celebrated on October 31st,
by witches and other pagans, and which pagans usually describe as
being the most important feast of their (false) religions. See,
“I’m Wiccan and This is What Halloween Means to Me”
the opposition “on its face”, between Catholicism and paganism,
there are many other
ways that Halloween is the opposite of Catholic:
vigil of All Saints Day is a day of penance: a traditional fast day.
Halloween is the opposite: it is portrayed as a day of gorging, of
candy and of eating in between meals (mortally sinful on a fast
Catholic Church takes witches, spells and demons very seriously and
requires Her children to stay far away from them. Halloween is the
opposite: it makes witches, spells and demons seem approachable,
fun, familiar and harmless.
days which Catholics celebrate are about life and salvation. For
example, Christmas is about our Lord’s birth in His humanity.
Even Good Friday is about our Lord’s life-giving sacrifice on the
Cross, out of love for us, to open the gates of heaven. (This
life-giving sacrifice of love, which makes salvation possible, is
why the Church calls this day Good
Friday.) In complete contrast to Catholic celebrations, Halloween
is largely about death and destruction.
takes death very seriously. The Church urges us to solemnly
meditate on death and prepare for it. Many saints kept a skull in
their bedrooms, to ever remind them they were on earth to prepare
for death. Halloween is the opposite: it is a time of smiling
skeletons, tombstones with funny epitaphs, and a light-hearted
treatment of death without any of its eternal consequences.
takes sin very seriously. The Church admonishes us to have a horror
for sin and to consider it as the only true evil and unmitigated
disaster. Halloween is the opposite: it is a light-hearted
treatment of sin, e.g.,
with costumed attackers randomly committing unprovoked mayhem, with
lots of blood and gore, all without the consequences of reality.
values beauty and order. Halloween is the opposite. Halloween
glorifies ugliness and disorder, e.g.,
grotesque, painted-on scars “decorating” ugly and horrifying
values peace. Halloween is the opposite, exalting sudden and
unprovoked violence, all without the consequences of reality.
Catholic Church forbids séances and all attempts to conjure the
dead. Witches and other pagans believe that the feast of Samhein
is when the boundary
between the worlds of the living and dead is blurred, and when the
ghosts of the dead can return to earth. Id.
This pagan belief is honored by Halloween’s ubiquitous ghost
decorations and costumes.
customary greeting of children seeking candy, is “trick or treat”.
Think about this. However unthinkingly this phrase is uttered, it
is in the form of a threat, viz.,
if you don’t give me candy, I will do something you won’t like!
are among the most common Halloween decorations. Spiders are
prominent pagan symbols and are considered as guides in the occult.
of the above considerations leave entirely aside Halloween’s
worldliness, consumerism, immodest costumes, etc.
Halloween is in many ways the opposite of Catholic, it is no surprise
that Halloween is ever-more popular, as society sinks ever-further
from true Catholicism.
See “Halloween is big business”
“Ghoulishly good news for the Halloween economy”
could reply that Halloween is “all just in fun” and is not meant
to be serious. We reply: if a Catholic is willing to participate in
un-Catholic things which are “all in fun”, where will he draw the
line? If the practice of getting candy involved stamping on a
crucifix “in fun”, would that be OK? How can we ever re-conquer
society for Christ the King, if we take part in anti-Catholicism “in
what should a Catholic do? Do not take part in Halloween! Instead,
celebrate All Saints Day even more than before! If there are “trick
or treaters” where you live, we suggest you hang a sign on your
door on Halloween, which says:
Dear Neighborhood Children:
family is Roman Catholic and so does not observe the pagan festival
of Halloween. Therefore, we do not give out candy today.
tomorrow (November 1st)
is the great Feast of All Saints and we would be very glad to see you
then and give you candy, if you wish to come. Please come between
1pm and 8pm.
costume is necessary. However, if you decide to dress up as a saint,
we will gladly be even more generous with candy, to reward your
you all the best!