31st October 2014
How hallowed is Halloween?
How has an ancient custom of asking for soul cakes for the repose of the dead morphed into a secular quest for sugary treats? And when did the tradition of dressing up as ghosts and ghouls on 31 October make way for Freddie Krueger or even Miley Cyrus costumes? Jonathan Lomas traces the cultural evolution of contemporary Halloween festivities in Britain and North America. Do modern celebrations make any nods to the festival’s origins?
28th October 2011
Judgement and Purgatory
The sight of crowds of people dressed up as ghosts, demons and monsters for Halloween is familiar, but what is the real tradition of All Hallows’ Eve and how has the Christian vision behind it been distorted? John McDade reclaims the truth about our death in Christ that informs our doctrine and our imagination.
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