Halloween is about as demonic as the demons, witches, goblins and wizards in the Harry Potter series. I wrote a "hub" about the Harry Potter series. Ya might want to read it: http://hubpages.com/hub/qwark27
Halloween started off pagan then the Christians pinched it. I suppose it really is a mixture of the two like most festivals. It began with the druids if that helps. No demon need apply. Unless it is some kid in a mask in which case give him or her a toffee apple like a good fellow.
Nah, it's evil. Totally. Ghosts and witches and vampires.. little satans with their red horns and pitchfork wands.. children idolizing the devil's servants, all very bad for society. I think it's why Obama was able to become president. Just another sign of societal degeneration...
A very christian sentiment, I am reasonable enough to know that fun is in mortal danger when idiotic superstitions are left unchecked. So run and get an angry mob, we don't share your opinions.... How unfair for you....
It's been awhile since I looked, and my head gets mixed up with all these ancient myths, but I believe Halloween was originally a day of appeasing the dead. People were -and still are- terrified of death and the dead.
Southern Baptist youth group, Lake county Florida, My "friend" invites me to speak about my pagan beliefs, 5 older boys wait till I leave and douse me with some combustible that smelled like kerosene and threw a match at me. Fortunately my clothing was only singed a little, and I spent the following three weeks going to their houses one at a time beating the crap out of them.
Did you even report it? I wouldn't want the sort of people who would torch others over religious differences out to do it again.
Anyway, Samhain was always a day to commemorate and honor the dead. Christians also had a tradition of commemorating and honoring those who'd gone before on certain days, and since doing so all in one or two days isn't specifically forbidden, there's nothing demonic about Halloween.
Jack was a blacksmith and a drunkard. He was a very stingy man, and earned the name "Stingy Jack". By tricking the devil, he was able to keep his soul from Hell, but since he was too wicked for Heaven, he was condemned to walk the earth forever.
The devil gave him one of the burning coals of Hell and he placed it into a carved out turnip and used it as a lantern for his travels. Many believe that his ghost can still be seen carrying this light in marshes late at night.
The Irish dubbed Jack "Jack Of The Lantern" which was shortened to "Jack O'Lantern".
No I don't think that was it. The fictional character had a pumpkin face and looked human sort of. It was a cartoon I believe. I gotta say it was appealing to watch for a cartoon. I forget the title of the show. He had a catchy name though. Ha, so catchy I forgot. Talking about Halloween in all.
I think it's open to interpretation, like many traditions nowadays. Some people interpret it as lighthearted fun and kids dressing up as princesses and superheroes. Others use it for "darker" festivities, such as religious rituals and gatherings. It's a pretty multifaceted day, and an interesting one at that.
Samhain, pronounced Sowen, not Sam Hain, means summers end. It was the end of the Celtic year, there then followed 5 days that were out of the calendar when spirits of the ancestors walked the land, at the end of the 5 days, great bonfires were lit to welcome in the new year. Bonfires on 5th Nov is a much older tradition than Guy Fawkes On the first evening, what we call 31 October, the children would go to the village dignitaries for food, if none was forthcoming they pelted them with old cabbages and stale bread. The Christians took the celebration and called it Halloween, All Souls Eve.
Halloween the Festival of Light ,has nothing to do with demons ,wicket witches with fork , vampires. It was in fact due to Medieval superstitious and the church that refrained the common people from pagan practices .. You can join me at <no self-promoting links>
To answer the question, "Is Halloween evil?" Well, let's look at it this way. During ancient history, when the Romans played sports, it often times, involved life-or-death situations, for example, fighting lions, bears, and whatever other animal they had to fight, using a spear. This was inside of the arena. Today, it is not legal for any business establishment to organize that kind of game, putting people's lives in jeapardy. Regardless of whether or not it was the normal sport in ancient history within the Roman empire, Americans today play a lot of sports. Now, answer this question, is sports evil, in view of the fact that there are risks, i.e, heart attack, injury, and etc? Remember the football athlete who died on the field during training? Knowing that there are such risks, is sports evil? Answering this question should make the question about Halloween easy to answer.
I personally think, like most things in life, it is what you make of it. If you want it to be about demons and evil, it would be easy to take it there. However, if you want it to be about fun with your family, dressing up as favorite costumes, carving pumpkins, and dunking for apples (do that do that anymore?), then make it so. I believe there are people who see both sides. For me? I will be dressing up as I do every year to pass out candy to the kids. I don't find that evil but I guess some do. To each their own!
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