Angelo Stagnaro explains the Christian origins of Halloween in his U.S. Catholic article, Don’t be scared of Halloween. “We couldn’t have arranged a more perfect synthesis of devotion and festivity had we tried,” he writes. “When you get to the core of what the holiday is, you find an overwhelmingly Catholic Christian holiday. It should be recognized and celebrated as such-warts, spider webs, and all.”
Readers’ comments follow the article. I do have to agree with the reader who wrote that what she’d most like to change about Halloween is: “That parents wouldn’t turn their kids into pimps and whores to treat-or-treat.” I’ve seen one too many pimp costumes coming to my door, along with pre-adolescent “French maids” in fishnet stockings and little aprons.