CBCP warns: Scary Halloween costumes attract 'diablo'

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Oct 31 2013 12:17 AM | Updated as of Oct 31 2013 08:30 AM

Dress up as saints instead, says priest

MANILA -- Don white as a famous saint instead.

This was the suggestion of Fr. Francis Lucas of the Catholic Bishop's Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) to those who wish to avoid "attracting the devil" on Halloween.

The priest, who is currently the executive secretary of CBCP's Episcopal Commission on Social Communications and Mass Media, explained that "negative images" such as the macabre costumes usually worn on Halloween "welcome the presence of Satan."

"'Yung nagiging practice na nagmamaskara ng nakakatakot, 'yung may nakasaksak sa leeg, puro evil eh, puro kasamaan," he told ABS-CBN News' Zyann Ambrosio on Wednesday.

"Dalawang bagay 'yan na parang ina-attract mo, sini-seduce mo 'yung diablo, o kaya nagbubukas ka ng pinto, 'Welcome to me,'" Lucas said.

Lucas further warned: "Negative ang diablo, ang Satanas eh, at sinisira niya 'yung ating consciousness para matangay tayo."

"Kasi si Satanas, pagkatapos niya kalabanin 'yung Diyos, na wala naman siyang kaya -- at clear naman sa gospel 'yan -- na talagang tinapakan siya ni Kristo, [tapos] nagbubukas ka, kasi puro kasamaan [ang suot mo]," he said.

'Where's the beauty?'

The priest expressed concern particularly for children who are active participants in Halloween activities, such as the traditional "Trick or Treat."

"Eh sa psychology nga, 'diba, auto-suggestion, lalo na sa mga bata," Lucas said. "Ang babata pa niyan, puro negative na agad 'yung pinapaisip mo sa kanila, sa suot, 'yung mga images. Eh nasaan 'yung beauty?"

Lucas reiterated that by "looking like the devil" through costumes, Halloween participants unwittingly invite negative energy into themselves.

"The soul continues to look for beauty, the truth, the mystique, 'yung nakakausap ka ng Diyos na diretso. Eh 'yung suot mo, mukha ka nang diablo, eh paano mangyayari diyan.

"Kaya nga sinasabi ko, mag-ingat tayo dahil maraming nalalason na walang kaalam-alam na ito pala ang ginagawa natin sa ating sarili," he said.

Saints as costumes

Asked what he would suggest as an alternative to the traditional get-ups on Halloween, Lucas was quick to respond by emphasizing on "positive images."

"Ang solusyon nga, ang sinasabi natin, 'Why don't we give children positive images?' Like ang dami nating mga santo, santa na may youth na magaganda," he said.

He also suggested games for kids during the holiday: "O 'diba, pagandahan tayo ng santo, pagandahan tayo ng suot. Tapos magpa-contest tayo kung sino pinakamabait sa inyo. So baguhin natin 'yung images."

Turning to reporters in the huddle, Lucas then urged media in general to "bring back the images of the good, the true and the beautiful, which is God, the image of Jesus Christ."

"'Yung mga imahen na pag makita mo, mai-inspire ka, hindi ka madi-depress," he said. "'Yung iba nga hindi makatulog dahil nakita niya 'yung masakara ng friend niya dahil natakot. Why do we do this?"

On CBCP being "KJ" or "kill-joy" amid the Halloween festivities, Lucas quipped, "Ang tingin ko, mas KJ 'yung tinatakot ako!"

"Mas gusto ko 'yung nai-inspire ako. KJ kayo pag hindi ako nai-inspire sa inyo. Ang KJ 'yung ayaw ng saya. Tayo hindi. Baguhin natin na mas magiging masaya tayo, at magiging positive ang buhay natin," he said.

Bringing up the etymology of Halloween, which means "holy evening," Lucas continued, "May alternative naman."

"We Filipinos are very creative. We can create positive and inspiring messages and graphics at design sa mga mall during Halloween. Kaya nga 'yung Hallow, 'yung 'blessed,' 'yun ang itulak natin,' he said.