Surprise: Halloween’s Not a Pagan Festival After All. . .

The origins of Halloween are, in fact, very Christian and rather
American. Halloween falls on October 31 because of a pope, and its
observances are the result of medieval Catholic piety.

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The next time someone claims that Halloween is a cruel trick to lure
your children into devil worship, I suggest you tell them the real
origin of All Hallows Even and invite them to discover its Christian
significance, along with the two greater and more important Catholic
festivals that follow it.

Fr. Augustine Thompson, O.P. (excerpt found at beliefnet.com)

Pumpkin. And you?