Conflicting Views Of Halloween

November 5, 2000

Source: Los Angeles Times

On November 5, 2000, the Los Angeles Times printed follow up commentary on its October 28th article, which suggested that Pagan voices should be included in a discussion of the holiday, and that much inaccuracy abounds in the portrayed perceptions of the holiday. "Halloween," says Lady Cerridwynn, 60, of South Euclid, "should be more accurately presented as a harvest festival, the ending of the growing year, a time to do one's accounting for the year, a time to look into the unknown and plan for what is to come throughout the winter." For 10 years, the Pagan Awareness Coalition of Cleveland has held a samhain ritual on Public Square to increase public understanding and acceptance of paganism. About 300 people attended Saturday.