In the very early 1960’s Halloween meant little more than a costume party at school and cupcakes if October 31st fell during the week. In the greater Detroit area later in the ’60s kids who were too old to beg for candy exchanged ringing doorbells for goodies for a little bit of mischief the night of October 30th; Devil’s Night.
Halloween has a rich and lengthy history both pagan and Christian. Separating one from the other is like dissecting the warp and woof of silk. All Halloween customs in the United States originated from practices in other countries. The first modern celebration in North America occurred in 1911.
Christians have long referenced October 31st as All Hallows Eve. October 31, 1517 is also known as Reformation day. That was the day Martin Luther wrote a letter to the Bishop of Mainz containing his Ninety-Five Theses which were eventually tacked to the door of All Saint’s Church in Wittenberg, Germany.
Did you know Luther was condemned to death? Have you heard about his daring abduction and rescue?