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All Hallows’ Eve

pumpkins in the field


Every October, the colors orange and black seem to be ubiquitous. Images of skeletons and black cats pop up in stores and on neighbors’ front yards. Maybe you watch a scary movie, carve a pumpkin, or just vicariously soak in the Halloween spirit from the world around you. But among the silly and macabre is the holy, hiding in plain sight. Halloween, or All Hallows’ Eve, is the day before All Saints’ Day. It’s a reminder that death is not the end, but rather a crucial part of the journey to new life.


In this season of transition,
from light to dark, warmth to cold,
I ask for the wisdom and clarity of vision
to recognize the potential for change
in the charged air of autumn.
This Halloween, may I remember that
I am called to be like the saints we celebrate
on November 1.


Do you have any Halloween traditions? If so, consider adding a subtle spiritual angle into the mix and see how it enriches your experience. If not, try something different this year to make a conscious connection between the symbolism of Halloween and your faith life.

Daniel Imwalle

1 thought on “All Hallows’ Eve”

  1. Lord Jesus Christ, you are the Alpha and the Omega, the beginning and the end of all history, and the Lord of all creation. Give us joyful hope and assurance that we will see you face to face and be united with you forever when you return in glory. Amen.

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