Growing up, I had several friends who did not celebrate Halloween. Their parents saw it as an anti-Christian holiday, and so would have nothing to do with it. My brother and I did go trick-or-treating, but we never were interested in the scarier Halloween things like ghosts and skeletons and witches. We did carve a pumpkin every year, but we generally carved a cross in it, not a scary jack-o-lantern face. I've carried on that tradition, and here's our pumpkin this year:
But anyway, I just read a very fascinating article about the history of various Halloween traditions. It's called "Hallowe'en: A Short History," and is written by Rev. Joseph Abrahamson, who I had as a professor when I was in college. This article is aimed at refuting the idea that Halloween was originally a pagan holiday that Christians somehow co-opted and tried to make Christian, and I think it makes some pretty convincing arguments. This article is first in a series about the true history of various holidays, and I'm interested to see what the next will be. I actually found this article via a friend's link on Facebook, and I'm so glad I did, because it's part of a website dedicated to confessional Lutheranism, and I can't wait to explore it more as I have time.