Some people–religious crybabies, mostly–view Halloween as a day to celebrate evil and exult the Satanic portions of the human psyche. And that’s okay. Because, you know, everybody has their own beliefs and nobody else has the right to force those beliefs on an individual. Of course, I say that if you don’t like trick-or-treating witches and devils, turn off the front light and don’t answer the doorbell. As for haunted houses and Halloween carnivals, just don’t go. And if you really don’t want to get all caught up in the celebration of what you consider to be an evil holiday on October 31, then why not start and even perhaps try to spread a new tradition? Goodness knows, you have plenty of alternatives and options for celebrations on October 31.
It was on October 31 that Martin Luther nailed his 95 theses to the door of a church and changed Western civilization in ways that no other written words had to that point or since. Celebrating October 31 as Reformation Day or Martin Luther Day or Protestant Day may seem a little weird if you are a Catholic who disapproves of Halloween. Otherwise, see fit to choose October 31 as an exultation of the power of word to change minds.
If you are a big fan of Nevada or casino gambling, you could always put the goblins and zombies of Halloween out of your mind by heading to the nearest gambling casino–or Nevada–to celebrate October 31 as the day that the former territory became a state. The 36th state to be precise.
Harry Houdini Dies
Harry Houdini was a magician. He was also a rabid debunker of claims of supernatural powers of mentalism. Part of Halloween is the superstitious occult practices of holding seances, hunting for ghosts and attempting to contact the dead in the afterlife. If that particular aspect of Halloween bothers you, then celebrating Harry Houdini’s life on the anniversary of his death on October 31 is a truly perfect means of making this dark day new for you.
Michael Landon’s Birthday
Some people die on October 31 and others are born. One of those born on October 31 was Michael Landon. Here’s a guy who got his first big break in acting as a teenage werewolf. He went out playing an angel. In between his rise up the ladder of morality reads like a tale of redemption. The bigger his star rose, the farther he pushed himself away from memories of behaving like one of the iconic monsters of Halloween. Well, that’s one way to look at it, anyway. Or you could just overlook Landon’s lycanthropic origins and celebrate the moral cleanliness of his career span from Little Joe to that “Highway to Heaven.”
Vatican Admits Earth Revolves Around the Sun
October 31, 1992 was a big day for the Catholic Church . In 1633, the Catholic Church officially condemned Galileo for suggesting that the earth moved around the sun rather than the other way around. It only took around 350 years–give or take a few years–for the Vatican to officially recognize that they were wrong and Galileo had been right. So October 31 is a natural for celebrating all the things that the 1992 apologia stands for. Use a day when others are celebrating the Big Business interests candy and costumes to instead celebrate the victory of reason over dogma, education over ignorance and how it’s never too late to apologize.
The Most Groundbreaking Halloween in American History
The year was 1950. The city was Rochester, New York. The name was Earl Lloyd. Hard as it may be to even conceptualize today, that October 31 would be the very first time in history that a black player would be on the court in an NBA game. If that is not a reason to celebrate something besides Halloween on October 31, then you must be a racist.