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.
Ancient Origins of Halloween – Samhain
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.
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.
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
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
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?
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.
God strongly warned against dabbling in activities associated with divination and witchcraft.
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.
In fact, the Bible tells us to have no association with demonic activities but rather we should reprove them.
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.