Pope Francis announced that he is throwing a lavish Halloween party on Thursday night, and turning The Vatican into the world’s scariest haunted house for the event.
Ever since being elected to office earlier in the year, the new head of the Catholic Church has thrown elaborate parties to celebrate every major holiday (and some of the minor ones, too!).
I think my favorite was when he had Dan Brown, the author of The Da Vinci Code, design a massive Easter Egg Hunt using his intimate knowledge of The Vatican’s secret passages and tunnel system.
So what does he have in store for us on Halloween? “I can already hear the jokes, Austin,” Pope Francis said with a chuckle via Skype. “There are those who will say that The Vatican has been a house of horrors for centuries. So maybe I’m poking a little fun at that. Maybe…”
Aside from turning The Vatican into a haunted house, the Pope also has big plans for St. Peter’s Square. “The party is going to have two themes. The haunted house will focus on the Seven Deadly Sins. I thought there needed to be a nod to religion given the location of the affair.”
“Outside, in St. Peter’s Square, however, the mood is going to be much lighter,” he explained excitedly. “There, we will have a Harry Potter theme! Guests will be assigned to a Hogwarts House upon arrival, even if they do not come in costume. Everyone seems to think I should go as Dumbledore, but I have something else in mind. It’s always been my dream to be Hagrid, and now that dream will come true.”
“Best of all? We’re going to turn St. Peter’s Square into a giant Quidditch pitch with a pumpkin patch at one end and a cemetery at the other. Please tell me you’ll be my guest, Austin, so you can enjoy all the fun!”
Don’t worry, Holy Father, I am already making my travel plans and cannot wait to see how amazing the place is going to look.
Pope Francis asked me to extend an invitation to all of my readers, and emphasized that you do not need to be a Catholic to join the party.
So who’s going? Let me know and we’ll meet up at the pumpkin patch or something…