Many believe Halloween originated as a Celtic pagan festival when the souls of the dead roamed their old homes and evil spirits played tricks on the living. But most Americans, including Christians, now see Halloween as a harmless holiday for kids to play dress-up and consume candy by the fistful.

According to a survey by LifeWay Research, 59 percent of Americans think the dark day is “all in good fun.” An additional 14 percent will celebrate but “try to avoid the pagan elements.” Christians’ perspectives aren’t that much different than the non-religious, with 54 percent saying Halloween is “all in good fun.” But this doesn’t mean that every American is on board with the spooky traditions of October 31.

When they consider the holiday’s pagan roots, only 21 percent of Americans and 23 percent of Christians “try to avoid Halloween completely.”

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