WilliamPeter Blatty, the writer of The Exorcist never meant for it to be scary. He meant for it to help save souls. In an interview he is quoted as saying “… if an investigation were to prove that possession is real, what a help it would be to the struggling faith of possibly millions, for if there were demons, I reasoned, then why not angels? Why not God?” *
Who would have thought that a movie that scared a generation of people was supposed to bring people to faith? Do Christians cause a lot of the concern when there shouldn’t be? Take the celebration of Halloween. Ephesians 5:11 reads, Have nothing to do with the fruitless deeds of darkness, but rather expose them.
Is Halloween really a bad holiday to celebrate? According to History.com, “In the eighth century, Pope Gregory III designated November 1 as a time to honor all
saints and martyrs.” The evening before, October 31, was All Hallow’s Eve and
later became known as Halloween. That sounds almost like a Catholic holiday to
me. Yet a lot of people seem to think of Halloween as a time for sorcery and
I think the problem with Halloween comes from the people who celebrate it. Years ago people dressed up in Raggedy Ann, Marilyn Monroe, and disco type costumes. Fun costumes. Now there’s Jason from Friday the 13th, Freddie from Nightmare on Elm’s Street, or prostitutes. In other words, costumes of people who kill, scare or are immoral. You can’t even send your kids out without a bodyguard because you no longer have elementary school kids trick or treating, you now have high school kids. Unfortunately, it’s the older kids that ruin it for the younger.
If you want to celebrate Halloween, go ahead. I don’t think it will hurt your chances of getting into Heaven. Of course, there are others who might disagree with me. Like all the movie watchers years ago who were scared by The Exorcist.