Note: Originally posted on 30 October 2008.
Personally, Halloween has never been a big deal for me. My mom didn’t like the idea of children going house to house and begging for candy so the only trick-or-treating I did was at my grandparents or other relative’s houses. I’m not really into costumes or scary things either.
On October 31, 1517 Martin Luther nailed his 95 Theses on the doors of the Castle church in Wittenberg, Germany. Luther was questioning church doctrine particularly the practice of indulgences. His actions deepened the growing rift between Luther and the Catholic Church. This event would eventually lead to Luther’s ex-communication and begin the Reformation.
I prefer to observe Reformation Day rather than Halloween. I would rather remember the actions of a man who chose to stand up for his convictions than a day for candy and costumes.