Halloween v.s. Christmas- Which Is Better?



The famous phrase “Trick or treat” carved into a pumpkin next to a jack-o’- lantern.

Kiley O'Grady, Writer

One of the biggest debates known to the history of humankind, which is better: Halloween or Christmas? Both festivities involve many different events and they are the exact opposite of each other, but one has to be better than the other.

Kids of all ages celebrate the scariest night of the year, Halloween, by trick or treating and carving pumpkins. Other popular festivities include decorating houses, watching scary movies, and baking fall treats. Halloween originated with the ancient Celtic festival of Samhain, when people would light bonfires and wear costumes to ward off ghosts.

Eventually, All Saints Day incorporated some of the traditions of Samhain.

Everybody has their own way of celebrating this holiday, for example, Marissa Samborski, a sophomore at Oakdale High School, states, “I celebrate Halloween by going trick or treating.”

Personally, the O’Grady family celebrates Halloween by watching a scary movie, trick or treating, and hanging out with friends. Halloween is always a fun and eventful festivity and it makes it a tough competitor to Christmas.

Christmas is the very opposite of Halloween, and it is the time of year where people celebrate the joyful traditions of the holiday. Christmas is celebrated to remember the birth of Jesus Christ, who Ch

ristians believe is the Son of God, on December 25th. Many buy each other gifts, demonstrate kind acts, and bake cookies. Others go deeper into the true meaning and set up a manger or go to church on Christmas Eve.

Phoenix Macgregor, a sophomore at Oakdale High School, comments, “I do have a tradition where I watch a movie every Christmas Eve, which makes the holiday stand apart from other holidays.”

Along with McGregor, Ryan Trotter, a freshman at Oakdale High School, recalls, “I celebrate Christmas with my family.”

Trotter claims that Christmas is more important than Halloween: “I don’t get to see my family as much as my friends.”

All in all, both festivities are very important to many people but Christm

as has a stronger reason to be the better festivity because of the events that take place and the Christmas spirit in general. According to Gallup News, about 65% of Americans celebrate Hallo

ween every year and 82% of Americans celebrate Christmas every yea

r and Halloween is outnumbered.