There seems to be a growing amount of anti-Halloween sentiment in schools across the country this year. The LA Times published a feature this week about schools nationwide that have banned any acknowledgment of Halloween, meaning no costumes, no candy. Some schools won’t even call October 31st Halloween. At my daughter’s school in Brooklyn, they’re referring to the holiday as “Character Day,” and children are invited to dress up as a character from literature. (Um, I hope Dora the Explorer books count as “literature.”) Instructions for costuming include “no masks, no weapons, no high heeled shoes.”
When I heard about these regulations, I wondered if they were put in place to avoid ruffling the feathers of some religious folks who have long considered Halloween the work of the devil. I started searching the Internet for anti-Halloween sentiment and came across lots of web pages suggesting that “good Christians” should not participate in such an evil celebration, and others that suggested Halloween trick-or-treating provides an opportunity for zealots to pass out Bibles and religious tracts. I’ve gathered a slew of bizarre and intriguing images, below, that I came across in my search for anti-Halloween rhetoric. The first half are comic strips in English that use Halloween as a forum for promoting Jesus over Satan and the second half are posters in Spanish (which I’ve translated) urging believers to stop participating in unholy Halloween customs.