Blogging from Beyond: Hallowe’en by Bro Duncan PBGV

BigSis was telling me the other day that she didn’t want to write about Hallowe’en ever again, so I said I would. After all, Hallowe’en doesn’t happen in Beyond: here it is All Saints all the time, everlasting Easter, and one huge party with enough to eat and drink to satisfy even the hungriest hound. Bliss!

So, where do I start? I have to admit I don’t quite understand you Human Beans and the delight you take in the dark side of life, nor your willingness to spend masses of money on it. Carving pumpkins could be fun, I suppose, though if you’ve ever been hungry, the waste of good food might stir your conscience a little. Plastic skeletons don’t appeal: give me a real bone to chew on any day. I’m not sure I like some of the costumes some of you wear. They don’t scare me — nothing could scare a PBGV — but they do upset me sometimes, especially those that make a mockery of Them. I’m just an old-fashioned gent, I suppose, and always gallant towards the ladies. And as for all that ‘trick or treat’ business, I do wonder if it is quite moral to teach your little pups to extort goodies from others and behave badly if they don’t oblige. We dogs know how to look irresistible but don’t go into a huff if we don’t get a treat. We just try again later. Still, I like to have fun as much as anyone, and if you want to have a party on Hallowe’en, have a good one; and I do mean good. Don’t meddle with things that seem innocent but can lead to things that are anything but. You may think ouija boards and tarot cards are ‘just a bit of a fun’ but, believe me, we have our work cut out up here praying for souls that have been led astray by such things into really serious evil. BigSis will tell you that an encounter with evil — real evil — isn’t fun: it’s deadly. Steer clear of it and you will be much happier.

One of the things I liked about living in the monastery was that Hallowe’en was scarcely noticed. At five o’clock They sing First Vespers of All Saints and then are safely on the other side, where all is light and goodness. They may not hear me, but I shall be adding my own ‘aroo’ to Their chorus of praise and thanksgiving this evening. Happy feast of All Saints to you all!

Love and prayer,

Dunc x



15 thoughts on “Blogging from Beyond: Hallowe’en by Bro Duncan PBGV”

  1. I posted on i-church about Halloween and how I disliked the way that All Hallows being treated in this way was disturbing and the risks associated with it.

    I know that some Churches organize “Services of the Light” at Halloween, the opposite of the darkness being celebrated with a large uptake. This is something that we are going to explore further in the Parish, too late for this year, but perhaps next year. The Bible Society has resources for it, worth looking at.

  2. Wonderful as ever Dunc! Thank you for your observations.. Too many of us Hooman Beans think it’s “just fun” but BigSis and you are right, dabbling in things we don’t understand can be very dangerous. The only serious question I’ve had this year about whether it’s right for Christians came from a lady who was born and brought up a Muslim, but now knows Jesus as Lord… SHE knows!

  3. When my parents, my little sister and myself left England for Canada in 1952 we had never heard of Halloween. My Mother couldn’t believe it, that children dressed up, came to the door for candy (sweets) When did the UK adopt Halloween? Thinking of the peace this evening at your Monastery with vespers for All Saints. God Bless

    • Not sure when Hallowe’en became popular in this country. I suspect it co-incided with the decline of Bonfire Night (5 November) which was my childhood’s big celebration, even as a Catholic.

  4. I’m wiv you bro. Just don’t understand it one bit. My mum doesn’t do this Halloween fing either and apparently we’re going to snuggle up in bed super early wiv her reading her kindle so we can even be in darkness. Apparently otherwise we’ll be disturbed by children banging on the door which will make me hoarse and her grumpy.

    Mum asks if you could say hello to Barney if you meet up wiv him at the huge party up there. Mum reckons he must be having a woofingly wonderful time wiv his broken leg completely healed so he’s running and playing wiv you all.

    Woof woof, Winston x

    • Hi, Winston! Please tell your Mum that Barney is one of my Very Special Friends. We’re having a whale of a time together. Love and licks, Dunc x

  5. Too right Brother Duncan. I hate the way that All Hallows Eve has been hijacked and used as a money making enterprise by big businesses but also the way that ghouls, ghosts and witches – the things of darkness have been emphasised and celebrated.

    Tomorrow at our Ascent Meeting after Mass for All Saints Day I will be talking about Allhallowtide – the three day festival of All Hallows Eve, All Saints, and All Souls. Then others will talk about their parish Patron Saints.

    In the meantime if you could say a prayer for Father Kevin who was taken to hospital on Sunday night with breathing difficulties and pain it would be appreciated. They suspect Pneumonia and at 80 it is not much fun.

  6. All Soul’s Day on 2 November is taken very seriously here in the Southwest USA, where the Mexican traditions of “Dia de los Muertos” (Day of the Dead) are widely observed. In Tucson, a very large procession takes place downtown, in honor of All Souls.
    As for me, choir practice tonight for our All Souls observance on 2 November. Bro. Duncan in-the-Beyond, we 1st altos could use your help, so send us a good strong woof on A below middle C. Thank you!
    Much love and appreciation—Barbara

  7. Well said Dunc. I fancy that it is all about money (as usual)with many shops selling horrible ghoulish stuff.When I was a child in the UK Halloween was scarcely mentioned ,as DN says “it was all about bonfire night”;but now we seem to have fireworks all year round.Let’s celebrate those blessed saints instead…..and I’m off prayer walking around our little town shortly,along with other folk,we will be praying against dark forces,which are very real.

  8. I thought Halloween was a hang over from an old Celtic festival. As a child of Irish parents we had barmbrac cake with little tokens inside, satsumas, walnuts and carved a jack o lantern from a swede, much harder than a pumpkin. I think the idea was to ward off evil spirits by pretending to be them? Any historians out there to add to this?

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