Christianity has a long history of taking worldly and pagan celebrations and turning them into a message of the Gospel. That is kind-of the goal of this website, too. For a very long time, October 31st/November 1st was celebrated as Samhain and other pagan holidays. It is the half-way mark between Fall Equinox and Winter Solstice, when darkness begins. It is also a time of remembering the dead.
Early on, Christians saw this as an opportunity to redeem the holiday of Samhain and create All Saints’ Day: the Day of the Dead in Christ, which is celebrated on November 1st. And the evening before, All Hallow’s Eve, which is now called Halloween. Sadly, many Christians are taken aback by this Holiday, which, much like Christmas, is a redeemed celebration from pagan traditions. Instead of turning off our porch lights and hiding till morning, we can take this opportunity to share the Good News with our kids. That is that all those who hope in Christ, though they die, will rise again; holy, immortal and incorruptible. What a great reason to celebrate! And, let’s remember those loved ones who are no longer with us, that we will see in the coming Resurrection.