October Synchroblog – Christian responses to Halloween
The October Synchroblog is on Christian responses to Halloween. As usual, you will find a variety of views expressed by 24 bloggers from various places around the world. Here are links to the posts (revised 28 October, with links to actual posts):
- Phil Wyman – The Christians and the Pagans meet for Samhain
- Lainie Petersen – Our own private zombie: Death and the spirit of Fear
- Julie Clawson – Trappings of a world in which we do not believe
- John Morehead – Rethinking Evangelical postures on Halloween
- Sonja Andrews – Vampire protection
- Adam Gonneman – What’s so bad about Halloween?
- Reba Baskett – Halloween….why all the madness?
- Steve Hayes – Who stole Halloween?
- KW Leslie – The Christian Harvest Festival
- John Smulo – Hallmark Halloween
- Erin Word – H-A-double-L-O-double-U-double-E-N
- Mike Bursell – Hallowe’en
- Sam Norton – Do not be afraid
- Steve Hollinghurst – Removing Christendom from Halloween
- David Fisher – Vampires or leeches
- Sally Coleman – Encountering hallow-tide creatively
- Kay – Halloween: four perspectives
- Johnny Beloved – Apples and razorblades
- Alan Knox – Fall Festivals and scary masks
- Dan Allen – Why Christians don’t like zombies
- Paul Walker – Peering through the negatives of mission
- Sea Raven – The Season of Samhain
- Lew A – Halloween: My experiences
- Timothy Victor – Appropriating Halloween and creating liminal times
- Nic Paton – Making space for Halloween
- Barb – The heart of a child
- Bryan Riley – Bloated body parts
Follow-ups and spin-offs
While not actually part of the October Synchroblogs, the following are posts that either linked to it, or followed up on the general theme. Notes and comments by Steve Hayes.
- Metapagan – Those Christians again! — a Neopagan response to the Halloween synchroblog
- Metapagan – Pagans talk about Samhain — a roundup of Pagan blog postings about Samhain
- Steve Hayes – Halloween – learning from Synchroblog — what one participant learnt from the Halloween synchroblog
- Dana Bailey What to do about Halloween — another Christian response.
- John Morehead – Imaginarium, Cornerstone and Days of the Dead — Halloween is sometimes linked with All Souls Day, which is two days later. John Morehead examines parallels with the Mexican Day of the Dead.
- Steve Hayes – Days of the Dead and Halloween — Steve Hayes looks at the idea of a day of the dead.
- Cornerstone – Imaginarium — Days of the Dead