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Halloween originally was called Samhain and was a pagan festival, always held on October 31. It is still called Samhain by practicing witches, Satanist and occults today. The Roman Catholic Church gradually incorporated this pagan festival into a holiday on November 1 called All Saints Day, or All Hallows Day. The day before was called All Hallows Eve or Hallowed evening which was later changed to Halloween. The festival of Samhain (Halloween) was to honor Samhain, a god of the dead and one of the Celtic people’s two major gods. All Saints day was started by Roman Catholic Church as a day to honor the dead a form of ancestral worship).
The customs observed on Halloween today began before Christ and came from Druidism, witchcraft, and other pagan practices. Druidism was the religion of the Druids and involved the worship of many gods. These polytheists were a religious order of priest among the Celtic people of ancient Gaul (now the area in and around France), Scotland, Britain and Ireland. The Druids as well as being priests were lawmakers, teachers and judges and in Ireland had more authority than the king. They practiced astrology, magic, divination (the art of knowing the future), headhunting prognostication (foretelling the future by signs and omens), incantations and trances with emphasis on powers of shape shifting, Included in their rituals were animal and human sacrifices of men, women and children. Human sacrifices were usually enclosed alive in huge wicker work images and burned. Druids considered the oak tree and mistletoe to be sacred and conducted their pagan rituals in oak forests. The name Druid means deep knowledge or knowledge of the oak tree. Druid priest were recruited as young children usually of the aristocratic warrior class and trained for many years in special Druid schools. The Druids believed the human spirit was immortal and upon death passes into the body of a newborn child or animal. On October 31 the Druids honored Samhain. They believed that on that night the lord of the dead (Samhain) called forth the spirits of the dead that had been made to enter the bodies of animals and decided what forms they should take for the following year. Also they believed that on the night of October 31, spirits of the dead revisited their earthly homes and that witches and evil spirits roamed the earth. Bonfires were lit on Samhain (October 31), supposedly to frighten away those evil spirits, this was why Samhain was considered a fire festival. Jack-o-lanterns also were used to frighten away evil spirits.
Dressing in costumes and the trick or treat part of Samhain was started in a variety of ways depending on which area you lived in. In some areas, to protect themselves, their houses and possessions from evil spirits and witches, offerings of food and drink were placed outside. Some people would also disguise themselves in ugly masks and costumes supposedly to trick the evil spirits into believing they were spirits also.
In Ireland, the druids were said to have gone from house to house collecting offerings for Samhain. They carried lanterns, bags for money and sharp canes. At each home they would demand a specified amount and if they didn’t get it, they would physically harm the people or their animals. Another custom was for people to dress in extremely ugly masks and costumes and go house to house singing, dancing and playing tricks on neighbors. The practice of mischief making was started in Ireland. On October 31 older boys or men would go around doing such things as breaking windows, overturning sheds and outhouses and damaging property in a variety of ways. This was the origin of mischief night. Later children started going house to house often in a costume requesting treats or threatening tricks hence, the term “trick or treat.” Halloween traditions were brought to the United states by Irish and Scottish immigrants.
To the Druids, the festival of Samhain (Halloween) was thought to be the most favorable time for foretelling the future concerning marriage, health, luck and death. It also was the only day on which they called for the help of Satan in these matters.
In Scotland, young people got together for rituals and occult games to foretell their future marriage partners.
After the romans conquered Britain, they added to Samhain their customs from the Roman Harvest Festival held on November 1. It was to honor Pomona goddess of plenty and of the fruits of trees. That’s where bobbing or ducking for apples in tub of water came from.
WHAT THE BIBLE HAS TO SAY
All of these rituals customs and practices talked about so far have to do with worshipping other gods or Satan himself and practicing thing clearly condemned and hated by God. This first commandment clearly states we are to “… have no other gods nor serve any other god” (Exodus 20:3-5). God’s word also says, “For thou shalt worship no other god: for the Lord, whose name is Jealous, is a jealous God.” Exodus 34:14
“Ye shall not go after other gods, or the gods of the people which are around you; (For the Lord thy God is a jealous God among you) Lest the anger of the Lord thy God be kindled against thee, and destroy thee from off the face of the earth.” I Corinthians 10:20-22
“When thou art come into the land which the Lord thy God giveth thee, thou shalt not learn to do after the abominations of those nations. 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. Or a charmer, or a consulter with familiar spirits, or a wizard, or a necromancer. 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 18:9-12
God also said in His word, “Thou shalt not suffer (permit) a witch to live.” Exodus 22:18
“Regard not them that have familiar spirits, neither seek after wizards, to be defiled by them: I am the Lord your God” (Leviticus 19:31).
“And the soul that turneth after such as have familiar spirits, and after wizards, to go a whoring after them, I will even set my face against that soul, and will cut him off from among his people.” Leviticus 20:6
“Abstain from all appearance of evil.” I Thessalonians 5:22
I Samuel 28 talks about King Saul and his turning to a witch for guidance. I Chronicles 10:13-14 tells of his death for disobeying God and seeking knowledge from a witch.
Halloween – OCCULT
Halloween has always been an important date for witches and wizards, possibly their most important, because Halloween (Samhain) is the time which they feel they can most effectively communication with the dead.
Witches, wizards, Satan worshippers and occultist perform many of their blasphemous, demonic rituals on Halloween and to them, it is a day to honor and worship Satan. Halloween or Samhain has always been an evil event directly related to Satan, Satan worship, witchcraft, darkness and death. It is unlike any other holiday celebrated in the U.S. Most other U.S. holidays have their origin in Christianity.
Let’s take a look at some of the symbols of Halloween:
Witches and Witches’ Hat: Halloween is a witches or wizard’s Sabbath possibly their most important one. Druids thought witches and wizards roamed the countryside and flew in the air on October 31.
Black Cats: Witches and wizards believe that Satan dwells inside of black cats when he chooses to. The druid believed that cats were once human beings transformed by magic spells.
Jack-o-lantern: Originally from Europe, they were used to ward off evil spirits on the night of Samhain (Halloween). The lanterns were first made from hollowed out turnips with demonic faces and lit candles placed inside. In the U.S. the native pumpkin is used. The name jack-o-lantern was possible derived from that of a night watchman.
Ghosts, Goblins, Skeletons: Samhain (lord of the dead) was thought to call forth dead people’s spirits and evil spirits were supposed to roam about on October 31.
It’s easy to see that all of the symbols and practices of Halloween today were taken straight from paganism, Satanism and the occult. Halloween is definitely a holiday that honors Satan and represents everything that God hates and condemns.
In a real sense, Halloween is becoming more and more Satan’s holiday. Children are not safe while out trick or treating. Every year it gets worst, with razor blades in apples, pins, needles and poison in candy and more violence towards children and people’s property.
On October 31, witches, wizards, occultists and Satan worshippers join together all over the world to have séances, cast spells and curses and make sacrifices.
Most of us in the United States grew up thinking of Halloween as a harmless tradition and a time of fun for children. Not many know the origin of Halloween and who is behind this seemingly harmless celebration.
THE CHRISTIAN ALTERNATIVE
Everyone likes to see children have fun. As Christians we could buy our children candy and have a harvest party to celebrate the fall harvest of food or the harvest of souls coming to the Lord. They could dress up in Bible character costumes, play Bible related games, see a Christian movie or whatever else would be fun.
Dealing with the problem of school Halloween activities is sometimes difficult. You may want to explain, in a loving way to your child’s teacher, why you don’t celebrate Halloween or just keep your child home from such activities.
Taking a stand, even in a loving way isn’t easy and will probably cause some people to be upset. As Christians, we are supposed to live by God’s word and do those things that are right in His sight. Jesus is our example and pleasing Him should be what we want to do.
“Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing; and I will receive you.” 2 Corinthians 6:17