As a little girl, I was a little apprehensive of Halloween. I liked dressing up and feasting on candy, but some people in my neighborhood created a haunted house experience in their front yard, and I wanted nothing to do with it.
I don’t know if I just didn’t like feeling scared or if I actually sensed an evil in their decorations. What I do know is that it caused Halloween to be one of my least favorite holidays, which is pretty unusual for a child.
As a mom, I did not want to bring my tainted view of Halloween into my children’s experience of the holiday, but I also wanted to protect them from the evil that can be associated with it. So, our family’s traditions include carving pumpkins and decorating our home with fall décor. When my kids were young, we attended church parties that encouraged dressing up as saints or something from God’s creation. Now that they’re older, we enjoy trick-or-treating as a family, too.
Along the way, I taught my kids that Halloween comes from the phrase “All Hallows Eve” or “All Saints Eve.” It is a time in our liturgical year when we remember those who have gone before us, including the saints, martyrs, and faithful departed within our families.
There are countless ways to incorporate our Catholic faith into the celebration of Halloween. Conducting a quick search right here on CatholicMom.com provides all sorts of inspiration, including ideas for costumes, food, and decorations.
One way to celebrate and share the saintly roots of Halloween is through a new line of All Saints cards from Salutare Stationery. This small Catholic business offers a variety of greeting cards for a variety of occasions. All of their cards honor the Catholic faith through artwork, Scripture, and thoughtful well-wishes.
Salutare Stationery’s All Saints card packs include 18 cards that feature six saints: Elizabeth of Hungary, Florian, Francis of Assisi, Gianna Molla, Kateri Tekakwitha, and Martin de Porres.
Similar in style to a Valentine card, the All Saints cards include adorable drawings by Brenna Kielty, a high school student from Minnesota, along with a space to fill out a “to-from” line. On the back, there is a brief description of the saint, the feast day, and a quote.
There are many ways to utilize the All Saints cards. Children can pass them out to a classroom of friends or attach them to treat bags. Godparents and grandparents can send them to the special children in their lives. Religious education teachers can give them out to their class.
In addition to the full-color cards available on Salutare Stationery’s website and Amazon, the company is offering the cards as downloadable coloring pages on Etsy. Families can print out the cards, color them, and then attach them to candy for trick-or-treaters as a simple way to evangelize.
Halloween can be frightening, but it doesn’t have to be. When we focus on the Christian roots of the holiday and choose to celebrate Christ’s redemptive power, we can enjoy the happy and holy day that is All Hallows Eve.
To learn more about Salutare Stationery and browse their entire line of Catholic-inspired greeting cards, please visit their website.
Copyright 2017 Sarah Damm