Sometimes I think we're still in the stone age here. Halloween is not, nor has it ever been about "evil" (if such a thing even exists).

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If you go back to the earliest of early celebrations in the eighth century, the one known as Samhain, it still wasn't about evil. It was about warding off ghosts. People lit fires and on occasion sacrificed crops and animals, not to encourage any evil, but to keep the supernatural away. Boom. That's it. Drop The Mic.

There's a bit more to it than that, but that's all you really need to know to stave off those people who think there is something sinister about the holiday. Now, I'm sure there are folks who think it's the best time for bad magic, but they are just as wrong as the people who think that "the devil" has anything to do with the holiday.

Halloween, like nearly every celebration (some turned religious), started as a celebration or acknowledgment of the change of the seasons. This season was thought to be where the line between the living and dead was the thinnest. So yeah, it took on a spooky tone, but that's about it.

Have a Happy Halloween. Please dress up and give treats. Celebrate life with your friends and neighbors before you all lock yourself up for the winter. That's the real spirit of Halloween.

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