A pondering look at the concept of Halloween.
I was always told that Halloween started as a bad holiday (oxymoron). But it was ok to do the Halloween things as long as you don’t do “those things.” You know: boil a cat, sacrifice a redwood tree, bring scarecrows to life, or reject recycling.
Most everyone acknowledges the evil origins but most don’t see that the connection with evil is evil in itself. Kids are somehow considered pure (unless they’re in the womb) so if it’s about kids, it simply can’t be wrong.
Something always poinked me in the brain about this day. What is it about this celebration that somehow masquerades as a holiday.
When I first started to ponder the whole deal, I wondered about the name. It’s essentially Holy Night. Didn’t Paul Shafer do his Cher impersonation of a song called O Holy Night? Holy is good, right.
This is what I believe to be the deal.
The night is not holy.
Step back from any personal affections and look at what took place. There was a big night. People go around and practice mini-extortion. “If you don’t give me stuff, I will place a curse on you.” So, the practice of paying and giving to the mean people and their gods became a big party.
I have been told that the roman church was distraught so they renamed Samahowever-you-say-it to All Saints day and All Hallows Eve. This was a big theory that seemed to carry a lot of weight, back in the day.
I won’t go into it now, but you can look up the practices and how they changed over the years. I say, “not much.”
The mask of the Halloween was not very convincing.
You ever wonder why people in movies don’t recognize their friends when the friend plops on a mask, or a pair of glasses? Maybe they don’t want to believe.
I don’t mean to rain on someone’s facade but that’s the way it is. I think we tend to differ on our opinions of whether the presto change-o of a name can sanctify the pumpkin. You decide.
Let me recap a ‘weensie little bit.
- Take a pagan ritual
- Change the name to “Holy.”
- Poof! It’s not bad anymore.
- Now that’s a trick!
So, what do you think? Comment below in a polite way and we will share your thoughts.