Spain’s churches disapprove of Halloween's rise
Spanish bishops say Halloween promotes terror and death, and parents should not let their children dress up as witches or vampires.31 October 2008
MADRID - Anyone thinking of lighting a pumpkin and dressing up as a ghost this Halloween be warned: Spain's bishops do not approve.
Arguing that the originally Celtic celebration which is increasingly popular in Spain "promotes terror and death," an Episcopal Council spokesman said yesterday that people should instead celebrate "the sanctity of God" on the Catholic holiday of All Saints' Day on 1 November.
"[Halloween] is not innocent, it is based on occultism and other currents that are anti-Christian," Father Joan María Canals said.
He warned that parents in particular should not let their children dress up as "witches, vampires, ghosts, skeletons" because they are "playing with elements of death."
[El Pais / Expatica]