The Demonization of Halloween

As predictable as the falling of the autumn leaves comes the religious hand-wringing about our favorite secular holiday

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• Amity Shlaes thinks kids embrace Halloween and its dangerous pagan roots because of a lack of religion, and that “Children or adults who today relish every detail of zombie culture or know every bit of wizarding minutiae are seeking something to believe in.” Last time I went trick-or-treating, they were seeking candy.

• Pastor Jeff Kinley cites scripture to defend a Christian’s right to enjoy Halloween but winds up talking about smelly zombies, something that kids in all households, from devout to atheist, can appreciate.