OK, in the great battle of celabrating Samhain vs. Halloween, I think it's like Jesus vs. Santa Claus to me, and I'm choosing Santa Claus metaphorically.
I was just sorta having this conversation (from a different perspctive) with a friend of mine today. We live in SUCH a Christian town that her daycare (which is a Montessauri, and so very progressive, even Liberal for this town) isn't having a Halloween party on Tuesday, but had it today so that the mamas who are offended by the holiday (b/c it is "anti-Christ") would be able to go out of town and miss it! (Apparently that's pretty common here.)
And here's me, Ms. Used-to-be-Pagan, so I feel kinda odd celebrating Halloween but not Samhain -- but whatever, I LOVE me some costumes! -- who REALLY REALLY wishes I could make it over to New Orleans this weekend, cause that is PARTAY central for Halloween and would be so much fun, but my friends who live in NO half the time and here the other half are coming home tomorrow day instead of staying over the weekend, so I wouldn't have a crash space so it's not do-able this year :(
Anyway, we both thought it was funky that the Christians here are so down on Halloween, but I guess I can sorta see where they're coming, seeing as how in my book, it really *is* a Pagan holyday, and while I think that's cool, obviously fundie Christians don't :(
Yep, this one's soooo pagan. The funny thing is, almost ALL Christian holidays have dates and associations with pagan holidays. Where do they think Easter Eggs and Mistletoe come from? But they get bent out of shape about Halloween. I actually really respect strict Christians who don't celebrate it because it is so pagan, but I wish they knew how many other holiday traditions they need to 86 if they're going to be so hard-line. Blah, the bottom line is HALLOWEEN is FUN! Is the Rem dressing up?