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Halloween Challenge (1993)

Louisiana: The State We're In



Genre: Newsmagazine

Place Covered: Grant Parish, Louisiana

Copyright Holder: Louisiana Educational Television Authority

Date Issued: 1993-10-29

Duration: 00:13:11

Subjects: Religion | HALLOWEEN


  • Collins, Robert Host
  • Duhe, Jeff Reporter
  • Lytle, Leo Interviewee
  • Hatcher, Timothy Interviewee
  • Impastata, Fara Interviewee
  • Quigley, William Interviewee
  • Baker, John Interviewee
  • Lively, Dale Interviewee


This segment from the October 29, 1993, episode of the series “Louisiana: The State We’re In” features Jeff Duhe’s report on Reverend Leo Lytle’s unsuccessful lawsuit to eradicate Halloween from the Grant Parish Public Schools on the grounds of the separation between church and state. Duhe reports that many fundamentalist Christians object to Halloween and its depiction of devils and witches. He interviews: Reverend Leo Lytle; Timothy Hatcher, historian; Sister Fara Impastata, historian; William Quigley, Loyola Law School and lawyer for the ACLU; John Baker, LSU Law School; and Dale Lively, haunted house organizer. Host: Robert Collins