The Reason Why Halloween Is The Most Inclusive Celebration

This coming Monday sees me observed my fourth Halloween since becoming a blogger. In the last three years I have written a few posts about Halloween. The observation or celebration, or whatever you want to call it is very intriguing to me as although we’ve known about it for many years in Australia, hasn’t really been that big a deal before the year 2000, and it has exploded to become a phenomenon in this country in an even bigger way since 2010.

In a previous post of mine called 8 Ways Every Parent Is Jealous Of Their Kids I mentioned that we didn’t have it in Australia when I was a kid, yet with the onslaught of American sitcoms, cartoons, and movies that my generation grew up watching, all having Halloween episodes or scenes depicting Halloween such as 1982’s E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial, it is no wonder that Generation X kids grew up to be Generation X parents who want to bring the Halloween tradition to Australia.

Surely if an alien from the planet Brodo Asogi can see the fun in Halloween, all of us on Earth can too.
Surely if an alien from the planet Brodo Asogi can see the fun in Halloween, all of us on Earth can too.

Typically, at this time of the year, my posts such as 5 Arguments For and Against Halloween in Australia and How To Make Halloween More Australian are very popular posts on my blog here in Australia along with my other posts about “the season” which are popular around the world;

Although there are many distractors and haters who don’t like Halloween, I think, for the most part, it could actually be the one international observation that is inclusive of everyone. When we look at global observations and celebrations we think of things like Christmas, Easter, Passover, RamadanYom Kippur, All Saints Day, Yule, Hanukkah, Chinese New Year and Diwali just to name the ones that I can think of off the top of my head. The biggest celebrations are all rooted deep within religions or cultures, and whilst they can be celebrated by those outside of those religions and cultures, for the most part, many people don’t join in.

I was sure it was a phony excuse. I mean, it sounds so made up...."Yom Kippur"
I was sure it was a phony excuse. I mean, it sounds so made up….”Yom Kippur”

There are plenty that believe that Halloween is entrenched within the Christian culture as part of the All Saints Day observation, but as that is a minor blip on the Christian calendar, one that is so far removed from other Christian observations such as Christmas and Easter, I’m sure I wouldn’t get a lot of people arguing that All Hallows Eve, or Halloween as we know it is more popular than the day it precedes.

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Then there are those who state it is a pagan festival, and as I’m sure many of you would know, just like all the other pagan observations, the Christians borrowed from these traditions to make part of it their own. But does Halloween have to be associated with any religion? I don’t think so. When you look at what is involved with Halloween, and what is associated with it, it really doesn’t have a lot to do with those things we associate with religions, especially Christianity. There’s no talk of God or gods and there’s no talk of Jesus.

But what we do talk about is dressing up in costumes, carving pumpkins and eating their insides, walking throughout your local community and knocking on the door of your neighbours, and the giving and eating of sugar filled treats. And for this reason, with the focus being on these things and not a particular religions deity or mythological beliefs or beings, I truly think that Halloween can be the most inclusive celebration.

Do you like Halloween? If not why not?

2 thoughts on “The Reason Why Halloween Is The Most Inclusive Celebration

  1. we love Halloween. I’ve written a few things on the origins of the night, but if there is any holiday or celebration that hasn’t been appropriated from ancient rituals, I’m not aware of it. Kids love to dress up and show off their costumes. They stay up late and run around the neighborhood. We get Kit Kats to steal from them. What’s not to love?

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