Far from sympathy for the devil, Halloween is a hodge-podge of Catholic devotion, Protestant hostility and a Papal decree. All Hallows Eve is a windup to the bigger celebrations of All Saints day and All Souls day. In fact, Halloween marks a church-approved opportunity to thumb your nose at the devil and let him know you’re not afraid of a bully. Contrary to popular fiction, it’s not a “Christianization” of Druid or pagan beliefs, nor is it rooted in witchcraft.

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