Halloween as a High Holiday

October 27, 2000

Source: The San Francisco Chronicle

On October 27, 2000, The San Francisco Chronicle ran an article on the variety of ways that Pagans celebrate Halloween. Many allow their children to participate in the secularized trick-or-treating, and then they celebrate the high holiday, which represents the half-way point between the fall equinox and winter solstice. One Witch said, "It's that time of year when we commune with our parents and grandparents and animals that have passed over to the other side. We celebrate stories about them, which we call passing-over stories. We might even dress like one of them. It's definitely a time of reflection and meditating in our house. It's a holy time. I try to stay away from terms like ceremonial rituals,' but there are some. But it doesn't involve sacrifice. We bring it down to earth and celebrate our Earth."