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Red Letter Philosophy

Oct 31, 2019

What is it about Halloween?  Is it the candy and dressing up?  Is it trick or treating in a decorated neighborhood?  Is it parties? What is it about the dark imagery, the witches, the vampires, and of course, the ghosts that make Halloween alluring?  Is there anything of substance behind this attraction to Halloween?  We argue in the affirmative.   H. P. Lovecraft, wrote, “Men of broader intellect know that there is no sharp distinction betwixt the real and the unreal; that all things appear as they do only by virtue of the delicate individual physical and mental media through which we are made conscious of them.”  Today we contemplate Halloween and ask the question, “But is it real?”