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The dark truth about Halloween

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Introduction

Halloween is one of the oldest and most popular holidays in the world. Halloween is commonly viewed as a time for fun and partying with consumers spending millions of dollars thus making it one of the most important holiday seasons second only to Christmas.

Halloween is generally associated with a number of fun activities such as pulling pranks, having harmless fun, going trick or treating, hanging Jack O’Lanterns, Halloween parties which include games such as bobbing for apples, dressing up as scary ghosts and demonic figures.

Halloween is especially popular with children as they get to dress up in scary costumes and go out knocking on doors and demand sugary snacks. Its a great time for businesses such as bars, clubs, pubs, and restaurants as they get filled with party going witches and vampires. Cash registers across retailers will be ringing like mad as shoppers scramble for last-minute Halloween outfits, pumpkins, candy, occultic decorations, and other frivolous goods. Its one of those rare occasions when entire families and neighborhoods get together to have fun.

Facts about Halloween
The name “Halloween” was coined by the Catholic Church

Bobbing for apples was originally a form of divination (fortune-telling) to learn of future marriages.

Halloween is based on an ancient Celtic harvest festival honoring the Lord of the Dead.

Halloween is the second largest commercial holiday in the US after Christmas.

Halloween is the most important day of the year for witches and satanists.

The jack-o-lantern is the most popular symbol of Halloween. The tradition comes from an old Irish legend called Stingy Jack who loved to play tricks on people, once tricked the Devil into climbing up into an apple tree. Once he was up there, Jack placed crosses around the tree so he couldn’t get down. Jack then made the Devil promise he wouldn’t take him to hell when he died, and the Devil agreed. When Jack died, he wasn’t allowed in heaven or hell and had nowhere to go. So, he started wandering the very dark world between heaven and hell by hollowing out a turnip and placing flames from the Devil inside to use as a light. Everywhere he went, he had his “Jack-O-Lantern”

In ancient times people wore real animal skins and heads like costumes used today for Halloween.

In ancient times dressing up in costumes was once done to hide from spirits.

There’s a reason black and orange are the signature colors. During the ancient celebrations of Samhain, many people wore black to the bonfires to mourn their dead relatives. The orange is thought to represent tradition fall symbols, like pumpkins and leaves.

Halloween makes kids act out. Research has actually shown that Halloween, and the act of dressing up in costume and walking around in groups, can make kids misbehave

Black cats have become so connected to Halloween that many animal shelters actually put a ban on black cat adoptions for the weeks leading up to the holiday in order to protect them from being sacrificed.

Ancient Origins of Halloween – Samhain

witch performing sacrifice on halloween

Despite Halloween’s popularity, you will hardly find someone who is acquainted with its pagan dark past.
The origins of Halloween can be traced back to an ancient festival called Samhain that was celebrated on October 31st by the Celtic people who lived in the regions of Britain, Ireland and Northern France. The Celts were primarily an agricultural community living in the northern hemisphere which is more prone to the seasonal changes caused by the yearly cycle of the earth around the sun. These seasonal changes played an important role in the origin of numerous ancient pagan festivals and Halloween is one of them.

evil spirit in graveyard

Samhain (pronounced ‘sou-when’, or ‘so-ween’) actually means “summer’s end” and marks the end of summer (the season of light) and the beginning of winter (the season of darkness). It was a time when all the crops would have been gathered and placed in storage for the long winter ahead and when livestock would be brought in from the fields.

As ancient pagan cultures believed in communication with the dead, they recognized Samhain as that time of the year when the veil separating the living from the dead was at its thinnest, therefore, allowing the dead an easy passage into our world. It was recognized as a time when one could communicate and interact with various otherworldly beings such as fairies, goblins, demons, and spirits of the dead. In order to appease these beings from the dark side, the Celtics would light huge bonfires (originally known as bone fires) in which crops, animals and humans were sacrificed.

evil spirit in the dark

Samhain was perceived as the night when mischievous and evil spirits roamed freely. The people wore masks and costumes in order to either scare away the ghosts or to keep from being recognized by them. The feast was also celebrated to commemorate deceased relatives and also as a thanksgiving to close the end of the summer season of light and to prepare for the long and cold darkness of the approaching winter season.

Halloween and Witchcraft

witch holding book in hand performing magic

Wiccan holidays also called Sabbats are timed to the seasons and the Earth’s natural rhythms. Sabbats celebrate the Earth’s journey around the sun, called the Wheel of the Year, and Wiccans refer to commemorating the Sabbats as turning the Wheel.

The wheel of the year is a symbol of the eight Sabbats (religious festivals) celebrated by Neo-Paganism and the Wiccan community. Thes include four solar festivals (Winter Solstice, Spring Equinox, Summer Solstice, Fall Equinox) and four seasonal festivals (celebrating or marking a significant seasonal change). Of these, Samhain was considered as the most important celebration. In fact, it is called the witches’ new year! According to the founder of the church of satan, Anton LaVey, “after one’s own birthday, the two major Satanic holidays are Walpurgisnacht(a formally Christian holiday) and Halloween.”. Anton LaVeyonce once said that he took joy in Christians taking part in the tradition.

Halloween and the Catholic Church

spooky catholic church in forest

If you thought that Halloween has nothing to do with the Catholic church then think again!
As always we have the Catholic church to thank for collecting all the dark and sinister festivals of the pagans and baptizing them into Christianity.

Christianity arrived in Ireland with St. Patrick in 432 A.D and in order to win over the pagan Celts many Celtic traditions were incorporated into Christianity of which Samhain was one of the most popular. Since the Celts honored their dead relatives on this day, the Catholic Church decided to use this day to honor dead saints.

Halloween was instituted by Pope Gregory III in the eighth century when he dedicated a chapel in St. Peter’s Basilica to all the saints. However, in a strategic move, Pope Gregory IV in 837 A.D. moved the celebration of Halloween from May 13th to November 1st.

Even the credit for coining the word Halloween goes to the Catholic church. It is a shortened form of All Hallows Eve which means the evening before the Holy. This is because All Saints’ Day, also called All Hallows’ Day or Hallowmas, or Feast of All Saints is celebrated in the Catholic church on November 1st. That is why the eve before November 1st is called Halloween.

Another feast called all Souls day is celebrated by the Catholic church to commemorate the faithful dead on November 2nd. So the period from October 31 to November 2nd is also known as Allhallowtide.

Should Christians celebrate Halloween?

two girls smiling

Halloween has a sinister and dark history. It is an occultic holiday riddled with demonic symbolism which was celebrated by witches and pagans. Some people might try to project Halloween as harmless fun. But it should come as a warning to Christians that it has a strong association with magic and witchcraft. Let’s be frank, there is no such thing as good magic or bad magic. All magic is an attack against God as it undermines His authority and is an open rebellion against Him.

The Bible warns us that witchcraft is akin to rebellion.

For rebellion is as the sin of witchcraft. 1 Samuel 15:23

God strongly warned against dabbling in activities associated with divination and witchcraft.

 10 There shall not be found among you any one that maketh his son or his daughter to pass through the fire, or that useth divination, or an observer of times, or an enchanter, or a witch.

11 Or a charmer, or a consulter with familiar spirits, or a wizard, or a necromancer.

12 For all that do these things are an abomination unto the Lord: and because of these abominations the Lord thy God doth drive them out from before thee.

Deuteronomy 18:10-12

The Bible is clear, that the dead are not conscious and therefore cannot be consulted or interceded for.

For the living know that they shall die: but the dead know not any thing, neither have they any more a reward; for the memory of them is forgotten. Ecclesiastes 9:5

In fact, the Bible tells us to have no association with demonic activities but rather we should reprove them.

And have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather reprove them.
Ephesians 5:11

Conclusion

evil jack-o-lantern with leaves in dark

Halloween is the most important day of the year for Devil worshippers and therefore my advice to you would be to avoid celebrating this dark day as it is strongly associated with demonic activities and is an open invitation for demons to enter into your life and cause havoc.

It is no wonder that in the past God had enforced harsh punishments on those people who were agents of demons.

A man also or woman that hath a familiar spirit, or that is a wizard, shall surely be put to death: they shall stone them with stones: their blood shall be upon them.Leviticus 20:27

References

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Satanic_holidays

https://www.ancient.eu/Wheel_of_the_Year/

https://www.britannica.com/topic/Halloween

https://www.history.com/topics/halloween/history-of-halloween

https://www.britannica.com/topic/All-Saints-Day

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James
11 months ago

Nice article

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Sunil
11 months ago

Well researched article and really informative… Thank you and looking forward to many more interesting articles. Thanks

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Brian newton
11 months ago

In Ireland and Scotland, people began to make their own versions of Jack’s lanterns by carving scary faces into turnips or potatoes and placing them into windows or near doors to frighten away Stingy Jack and other wandering evil spirits. In England, large beets are used. Immigrants from these countries brought the jack-o’-lantern tradition with them when they came to the United States. They soon found that pumpkins, a fruit native to America, make perfect jack-o’-lanterns.

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Terri Reeves
7 months ago

Not everything in this article is entirely true or properly and fairly represented, but be that as it may, there is no biblical support for the idea that a child innocently wearing a batman costume and collecting candy, regardless of the ancient origins of the celebration is an any way opening himself to demonic influence. Demons have no power over us as Christians unless we give it to them and the old history of a holiday we celebrate today no such intent cannot give it to them. Light your pumpkins hang up your spider webs and be without fear in the power of Christ! Don’t cower in the fear of old superstitions and pagan religions that never were and are not now real. We are triumphant!

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