Most Episcopal Churches will likely be marking All Saints either today or during Sunday services tomorrow. But what about All Hallow’s Eve?
All Hallow’s eve has its own liturgy in the Book of Occasional Services. And in the US, All Hallow’s Eve, in the guise of Halloween, has certainly captured the popular imagination in the way that All Saints has not. Many Episcopal Churches (especially ones with schools) do mark Halloween, Holy Innocents Episcopal School near Atlanta has held a Halloween parade now for 46 years.
Are there ways the church can reclaim All Hallows Eve or is it better to insert the churches voice in what has become a popular holiday?