By Christina Hermoso
Fr. Clasico Nufable, parish priest of the Holy Name of Jesus Church in Iloilo City, has called for the proper observance of Halloween by “bringing children closer to God by dressing them up as saints instead of donning scary costumes.”
“This is one way of evangelizing children into the proper way of celebrating Halloween, by bringing them closer to God by dressing them up as saints,” Nufable said in a Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) News post.
“We should be celebrating holiness so that children will grow up to be good and God-fearing like the saints they are imitating,” he added.
The parish held its annual Halloween parade over the weekend with a procession, a holy mass, and the coronation of the Blessed Virgin Mary as Queen of the Most Holy Rosary and Queen of all Saints. More than 80 people participated in the Halloween parade with the youngest at one year old dressed up as St. Cecilia, and the oldest at 65 years old, dressed up as St. Helena.
Assistant parish priest Fr. Raymund Acebuque said children must be familiar with saints “so they don’t grow up lost and estranged from the Church.”