From the book, “What People Ask About The Church,” by Dale A. Robbins
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Churches frequently disapprove of Halloween because it
is really a modern version of ancient, satanic traditions which were
originated by the pagan Celtic religion, and their druid priests, long
before Christianity. It is assumed that the traditions of Halloween were
carried to America by the early European settlers, some who viewed the
traditions as mere "folklore," and others who held these rituals as sacred
to their cultic beliefs. Halloween was eventually trivialized as intriguing
folklore for the amusement of children and young adults. Today, it is highly
commercialized, bringing great profits from the sale of candy, pumpkins,
costumes, and other "ghoulish" items.
The World Book Encyclopedia says, "Halloween is a
festival that takes place on October 31st. In the United States, children
wear costumes on Halloween and go trick-or-treating. Many carry
jack-o-lanterns carved out of pumpkins. At Halloween parties, people enjoy
such activities as fortune-telling, hearing stories about ghosts and
witches, and bobbing for apples."¹
However, the Dictionary of the Occult and Paranormal,²
states "Halloween was originally a pagan festival of darkness, fire, and
death. All Hallows Eve was celebrated by the Celts of northern Europe...
Halloween was also an important date for the witches' calendar."
According to witchcraft organizations, witches have
eight major festivals throughout the year. Four are the solar festivals: one
at both equinoxes, and one at both solstices. The other four occur almost
midpoint between the Solar festivals; the most famous of these are Samhain
(Halloween to non-witches) and Beltane (May day). Samhain, or Halloween, is
the beginning of their new year, and is the time when they claim that they
can most effectively communicate with the dead.
Author, Richard Cavendish, in the encyclopedia Man,
Myth, and Magic,³ states "All Hallows Eve, or Halloween, was originally a
festival of fire, the dead, and the powers of darkness. It's the evening of
31 October, the night before the Christian festival of All Hallows Day. All
Hallows Day commemorates the saints and martyrs, and was first introduced in
the seventh century. Its date was changed from 13 May to 1 November in the
following century, probably to make it coincide with and Christianize a
pagan festival of the dead. All Souls Day in the Roman Catholic calendar is
2 November. It is marked by prayers for the souls of the dead. It is only in
recent times that Halloween was reduced to a minor jollification for the
Cavendish continues, "The Druids were pagan priests of
an early Celtic religion. Druids are mentioned by name in thirty references
in Greek and Roman writers between the second century B.C. and the fourth
century A.D. They were a barbaric order, dreaded for their power and
blood-thirstiness. They certainly appear as lawgivers, and as being directly
concerned with animal and human sacrifices..."
"They were, of course, the sole interpreters of
religion. They determined all disputes by a final and unalterable decision,
and had the power of inflicting the punishment of death. And, indeed, their
altars streamed with the blood of human victims. Men, women, and children
were often given as human sacrifices."
Irene Park, a former witch and authority on the
history of Halloween says, "The Druids in Ireland would go through the
neighborhoods and countryside on the eve of October 31 to collect offerings
for Satan. They would carry lanterns, bags for money, and canes with very
sharp points on their ends (known as leprechaun staffs, good luck horns, or
fairies' wands). At each house they would demand a specified amount. If the
household would not, or could not, give the offering (Penance or treat), the
Druid would use his cane to castrate the male human or one of their prize
Park says, "The guisers went from house to house,
singing and dancing. Their blood-curdling masks and grotesque costumes may
have been meant to keep evil at bay, or more likely, were a visible
representation of the ghosts and goblins that lurked in the night. These
masks have now been transferred to the children, who in the United States,
visit neighbors for the food offering which once belonged to the dead - or
play tricks akin to the legendary destructiveness of witches and imps abroad
on the night."
Most of the original folklore of Halloween has been
preserved in the modern traditions: the goblins, jack-o-lanterns, Halloween
parties, begging for gifts, etc., which all had their origin in the ancient
celebration of All Hallows Eve.
Most people and children who participate with modern
Halloween festivities, usually do so innocently, without any intention of
associating themselves with the occult or other satanic traditions. However,
the great tragedy is that it domesticates the occult and the powers of
darkness. It creates a "tongue-in-cheek" attitude that the forces of evil
are not to be taken seriously — that devils, witches, and goblins are
considered merely make-believe, plastic masks, with child-like impotence. It
also tends to promote an acceptance and friendliness toward dark traditions
and occult beliefs; that Satan is not really so bad, witches are really not
evil, demons are not really dangerous.
Members of the occult and devotees to the true satanic
traditions of Halloween are ecstatic by the widespread acceptance and
participation in their sacred festival. They view society's celebration of
Halloween as an enormous public relations victory, and believe it's a time
when their dark powers are greatly intensified, due to the unity of the
masses which magnify and exalt the forces of evil. With thousands focusing
their energies upon traditions of Satan, they feel this strengthens his
influence in the affairs of the world.
For these reasons, many churches oppose any
participation with Halloween on the basis that its relationship to evil is
contrary to our relationship with Christ. The scriptures mention nothing
about Halloween, but they do warn that a believer cannot mingle a
relationship with God and the Devil (1 Cor. 10:21), and that we should even
"Abstain from every form [appearance] of evil" (1 Thes. 5:22).
¹ The World Book Encyclopedia
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