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The Daily Mail wrote that the Vatican claims that Halloween is evil and dangerous for young people and there are more animal sacrifices, desecrations of cemeteries and thefts of sacred bones happening.

The Catholic Church has called for Halloween to be scrapped and replaced with 'Holyween' - a night in which children would attend prayer vigils and dress up as saints.

The Vatican's first official conference of exorcists warned of a danger to young people at Halloween when there is an increase in occult activity.

Father Aldo Buonaiuto, of the International Association of Exorcists, says:

'Many say Halloween is a simple carnival, but in fact there is nothing innocent or fun about it - it is the antechamber to something much more dangerous. There are always more evil rituals, animal sacrifices, desecrations of cemeteries and thefts of sacred bones at the time of the 31 October. Participating in Halloween is 'like an initiation into the occult',

So, Do more "animal sacrifices, desecrations of cemeteries and thefts of sacred bones" happen at Halloween?


Note: I updated the original question to make it on-topic based on this Meta discussion. Thanks for the help and suggestions.

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    Are you asking whether the alleged rituals are evil? Whether there is a larger number of such rituals on 31 October? Whether young people become involved in such rituals "because of" the way in which young people celebrate Halloween? Whether something is "evil and dangerous" might be just a matter of opinion. Would it be better for you to instead identify a specific claim, i.e. a specific sentence in the text you reference, and ask whether that sentence is true?
    – ChrisW
    Nov 2, 2014 at 15:17
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    I already tried to update and clarify the question before it was put on hold. Why is it put on hold after I updated and after I asked for suggestions to word it better?
    – ermanen
    Nov 2, 2014 at 17:04
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    @ermanen It isn't that we have to have a scientific test as such just some hope of having reliable evidence that reasonable people might agree on. The alleged harms here are not even widely believed by the religious. So how could we check, in a way that rational people would agree, that harm is possible. I'd say it might be a good topic of discussion on a religion site, but not here where we want proofs not based on authority or dogma.
    – matt_black
    Nov 2, 2014 at 21:30
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    @ermanen then you need to rephrase your question more precisely. A vague question cannot be precisely answered. For instance, you may want to ask: are more tombs being desecrated on Halloween then on other days of the year? Or, is there an increase in admittance to hospitals during Halloween due to people cutting their veins? Those are precise question to which a precise answer can be given. Saying "is Halloween harmful?" is vague, unless you define what harmful is. Is sacrificing a puppy during a Halloween party more dangerous than driving after taking drugs on the 23rd of April? Subjective..
    – nico
    Nov 3, 2014 at 9:13
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    On a side note, while it's not a spiritual danger, there's decent evidence that Halloween is dangerous due to children getting hit by cars. The combination of dark streets, low-visibility costumes, increased foot traffic, and reduced vision (those plastic masks!) has been analyzed as up to doubling the number of pedestrian deaths. Nov 3, 2014 at 14:12

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