world. For example, I love to visit Gettysburg, and each time that I visit I see that there are more and more ghost tours that take place in the streets of the town in the evening. One can see small groups led by lantern-wielding guides all over town when it gets dark. Many people believe that the town and battlefield are haunted.
What about ghosts? Does the Church believe in ghosts? If you're wondering whether spiritual souls live on after the body dies, the answer is yes. “Ghosts” could be souls in Purgatory (a place of purification and suffering where a soul dwells before it arrives in Heaven), or they could be evil spirits.
Many Christians do not celebrate Halloween because it has pagan origins and because some of the symbols associated with it have evil connotations. But once again if we try to see this secular holiday with a Christian meaning, notably by interpreting it through the lens of the communion of saints, All Saints Day or All Souls Day, then our families will have many reasons to celebrate. With this in mind, I wish you a “Happy Halloween!”