Halloween is a very popular holiday. Children who do not dress up or participate in Halloween activities are often looked upon as strange or super-religious. Other adults even offer their opinion that the children “shouldn’t have to suffer just because the parents don’t like it”. It is these among other reasons that I have chosen to share why I do not celebrate Halloween.
- This celebration began over 2000 years ago with the Celtic people who lived in what is now England, Ireland, Scotland and Wales. The celebration marked the beginning of the Celtic New Year, a time to give thanks to the “sun god” for the harvest.
- Halloween, All Saints Day, All Hallows Eve or All Souls Day are all names for this festival which was held to honor the Samhain, or “lord of death”. The Druid belief was that on the eve of the festival, the Samhain called together the wicked spirits that had been condemned to inhabit the bodies of animals.
- It was a pagan belief that on this one night of the year, the souls of the dead return to their original homes to be entertained with food. If food and shelter (your offering)were not provided, the evil spirits would wreck havoc toward those who failed to meet their requests (thus “trick or treat”).
- The general consensus among all nations was that at the death of wicked men, their souls were left to wander in the space between the earth and the moon (the unseen world). The wandering spirits haunted the living and in order to exorcise these ghosts (to be free from their evil), you would have to set out food and provide shelter to them during the night. If they were satisfied, they’d leave in peace. If not, they were believed to cast an evil spirit on you.
- The fearsome face of the jack-o-lantern was to represent the Samhain, the “lord of the dead”, to drive off less powerful evil spirits that night. It is a Halloween idol that keeps the ancient symbol of demonic superstition alive.
- Without forcing the pagans to drop their pagan beliefs and accept Christianity, The Roman Catholic Church accommodated the barbarians by merging the All Hallows Festival (originally on May 13) to coincide with the Samhain. This was authorized by Pope Gregory IV in 835 to begin on October 31 and was called All Hallows Eve.
- All Saints Day originated in the 7th century when the Pantheon at Rome was taken from the barbarians, made into a cathedral and renamed the Church of the Blessed Virgin and All Martyrs Thus. The Greek word “pantheon” literally means “all gods”. It became the center for glorifying all saints, while at the same time respecting evil spirits.
Be reminded that 1 Timothy 4:1 proclaims “Now the Spirit expressly says that in later times some will depart from the faith, giving heed to seducing spirits and doctrines of demons. I choose not to partake in the festivities of the day. I encourage you to consider the matter to make the best choice for yourself and your family.