The majority of Christians ascribe no doctrinal significance to Halloween, treating it as a purely secular entity devoted
to celebrating imaginary spooks and handing out candy. The secular celebration of Halloween may loom larger in contemporary
imagination than does All Saints Day.
The mingling of Christian and pagan traditions in the early centuries following the founding of the Christian Church have
left many modern Christians uncertain of how they should react towards this holiday. Some fundamentalist Christian groups
consider Halloween a Pagan holiday and may refer to it as "the most evil day of the year," refusing to allow their
children to participate. Among these groups it is believed to have developed Satanic influences. In some areas, complaints
from these fundamentalist Christians that the schools were endorsing a Pagan religion have led the schools to stop distributing
Other Christians, however, continue to connect this holiday with All Saints Day. Some modern Christian churches commonly
offer a "fall festival" or harvest-themed alternative to Halloween celebrations. Still other Christians hold the
view that the holiday is not Satanic in origin or practice and that it holds no threat to the spiritual lives of children.