October 31 is known as Halloween because the following day, All Saints Day, is a solemnity and a holy day of obligation so the Church’s official prayers begin with a vigil the evening before.

On All Saints Day, the Catholic Church honors all of God’s saints, even those who have not been canonized by the Church. All Saints Day is celebrated on November 1.

Halloween is not a pagan holiday but a day that the Church joyfully celebrates those holy men and women who are experiencing the fulness of life with God in Heaven for eternity. Catholics also ask for their prayers so that they may join them someday. 

Holy people are referred to as “hallowed” so the evening (e’en) before became known as All Hallows Eve or Hallowe’en.

Halloween is part of Allhallowtide, three days when Catholics remember all those who have died. Allhallowtide includes All Hallows Eve, All Saints Day, and All Souls Day on November 2.

The eve of the celebration of all the saints:

Roman Catholic Diocese of St. Petersburg

Preparing for the feast on the evening before:

Diocese of Houma-Thibodaux

Halloween is part of Allhallowtide:

Diocese of San Bernardino

After this I had a vision of a great multitude, which no one could count, from every nation, race, people, and tongue. They stood before the throne and before the Lamb, wearing white robes and holding palm branches in their hands. They cried out in a loud voice: “Salvation comes from our God, who is seated on the throne, and from the Lamb.”

Revelation 7: 9-10

One of the most Catholic holidays on the calendar:


The joyful Jewish roots of Halloween:

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Halloween is more Catholic than you think:


In the first reading, the author of the Book of Revelation describes them as “a great multitude which no man could number, from every nation, from all tribes and peoples and tongues”. This people includes the Saints of the Old Testament, starting with the righteous Abel and the faithful Patriarch, Abraham, those of the New Testament, the numerous early Christian Martyrs and the Blesseds and Saints of later centuries, to the witnesses of Christ in this epoch of ours.

Pope Benedict XVI, Homily, November 1, 2006

Trick or treating for the dead:

The Catholic Talk Show

Being a saint involves laughter and joy:

Franciscan Media

Communion with the dead. “In full consciousness of this communion of the whole Mystical Body of Jesus Christ, the Church in its pilgrim members, from the very earliest days of the Christian religion, has honored with great respect the memory of the dead; and ‘because it is a holy and a wholesome thought to pray for the dead that they may be loosed from their sins’ she offers her suffrages for them.” Our prayer for them is capable not only of helping them, but also of making their intercession for us effective.

Catechism of the Catholic Church 958

Images of death can be very Christian:

CatholicLifeTV – Baton Rouge

Imagining evil and glorifying evil are not the same:

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The Truth, Goodness, and Beauty of the Catholic Church

The Harmony of Beauty of Truth:

The Coming Home Network International

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