So I pass by a number of churches on the way into work, and they all have their "Harvest Festival" and "Pumpkin Party" signs and posters out which amuses me to no end.
They have stopped "celebrating" Halloween because of all the negative connotations, yet they are the ones that came up with the name/holiday in the first place.
Originally the Samhain Last Harvest Festival, Pope Boniface IV designated November 1 All Saints' Day, a time to honor saints and martyrs. It is widely believed today that the pope was attempting to replace the Celtic festival of the dead with a related, but church-sanctioned holiday. The celebration was also called All-hallows or All-hallowmas (from Middle English Alholowmesse meaning All Saints' Day) and the night before it, the night of Samhain, began to be called All-hallows Eve and, eventually, Halloween.
So it has come full circle from harvest festival to harvest festival, and the sad/funny part is that they don't even see the irony in it.
I'm living in the Shadows and the Night,
Wrapped in warm darkness, safe and sure.
My Path shines by the Moon's fragile light,
It frees my Mind and keeps my Heart pure.