October 31 is a holy day. It is not a day to celebrate witches, goblins, vampires, and satanic rituals. It is technically the eve of All Saints Day (November 1) — also known as “All Hallows” and “Hallowmas” — from the root word “hallowed” or “holy.” As the eve of “All Hallows,” October 31 came to be called “Hallowe’en, which is the abbreviation of “All Hallows Evening.” And just as the evening before Christmas Day is called “Christmas Eve” and is celebrated as part of Christmas, just so All Saints Day is celebrated beginning the evening before (October 31). It is a day to celebrate the faithful believers who serve and have served the Lord Jesus Christ.
In the Catholic Church, the celebration focuses mainly on those believers who have already gone into the presence of the Lord. But in most protestant churches, it focuses on celebrating all true believers both on earth and in heaven — since the New Testament calls all true believers “saints.” Personally, I’m going to be celebrating “Hallowe’en by celebrating Jesus Christ and all his saints who share His truth, His love, and His mercy with a sighing, crying, dying world desperate for His saving grace.