For many Catholic families, Halloween is a way for kids to have fun while preparing to celebrate the Church’s treasury of saints the following day.

What is the holiday for neo-pagans? You can glean a bit of an idea here from this post on Slate about how one contemporary witch struggles to find an appropriate way to mark the feast of “Samhain, the night when the veil between the living and the dead, between this world and others, is thin.”

Cynics might suggest it’s the night when, for neo-pagans, the veil between the religious and the ridiculous is stretched especially thin.

— Tom McFeely