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Faithful Halloween

This year, I had too many faith-based Halloween stories to choose from. Opting to take a super local angle, I covered an area church’s Hell House. So I’m glad that the CNN Belief Blog tackled the other issue this year: What to do when Halloween falls on the Sabbath?

The story begins:

There is a bit of a controversy brewing in this year’s Halloween cauldron over when to Trick or Treat. Each October 31st, little vampires, witches, ballerinas, and astronauts know it is time to head outside to fill their baskets, pillow cases, and buckets with candy.

But what happens when Halloween falls on a Sunday?

Some towns across the country have officially changed their Trick or Treating night to Saturday, some families are opting to keep their kids home, and others say the night provides a good opportunity to get out and meet your neighbors.

And the blog features a poll, asking readers for their opinions.

Check it out here.

If you’re interested in Hell’s House, you can check it out tonight and each night through Halloween, starting at 7:30 p.m. at Faith Christian Center World Outreach on 10606 Benchmark Rd. in Spotsylvania County. The event is free and open to the public. You can read more about it in tomorrow’s paper.

And in Saturday’s religion section, look for a story by Lindley Estes about different ways area churches are celebrating Halloween.


  • Mariah Vargas

    I went to Hell’s House last night and was amazed by the reality of hell. It was beyond belief at first but at the same time was exactly what I came to believe is real. Thankyou for doing this FCC!