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The Dark Origins Of Halloween

Updated on September 30, 2013

The religious implications of Halloween

I can't understand for the life of me, why people celebrate Halloween, Especially Christians. Ghost, spirits, and goblins, “after all a big part of Halloween today continues to be acting scary.” Why encourage your little ones to celebrate such a pagan holiday? Let alone adults? I know you say its all in fun, and some of you may be down right aggravated at my statements. When you claim to be Christian, following the teachings of Christ is Paramount if you want divine approval, right? This so called fun is down right dangerous, in a spiritual way. Halloween celebration is rooted in false religious worship.

The history of Halloween

2,000 years ago the Celts in Great Britain and Northern France had a fire ceremony that symbolized thanks for their harvest, October 31. These fires the Celts superstitiously believed would protect their homes. Then sometime later the Celts were conquered by the Romans. The Romans even had a festival of their own, celebrated on October 31. In their ceremony, The goddess of fruits, Pomona was honored.

Then in the later years, Christian missionaries came and told the Celts about their god. The Celts adopted the Christian missionary ideas. Then the Roman Catholic Church decided that November 1 would be named All Saints' Day, or All Hallows' (holy ones) day to over shadow their Halloween holiday, but, soon All Hallows' Eve was shortened to Halloween.

Children going trick or treating probably got its start In England, people wandered from house to house asking for soul-cakes (currant buns). Good luck was promised to those who gave treats and trouble was told would come to those who didn't give any. The Irish were the ones who started to hollow out large turnips, rutabagas, and potatoes and stuck a candle inside and the started the story of jack-o-lantern. Poor Jack couldn't get into heaven and played so many tricks on the devil he couldn't get in there either. He wandered around in the dark hold his lantern . This became "Jack of the Lantern." In the 1840's the Irish potato crops failed Thousands of the irish came to the United States to begin new lives. They also brought their traditions including Halloween. Americans gradually began to celebrate Halloween and substituted the pumpkin for Jack's turnip.

Christians ‘don’t realize it, but they’re celebrating our holiday

Although Halloween has been viewed mainly as an American holiday, each year people in more and more countries have been adopting it. Many people today celebrating Halloween are unaware of its pagan origin. Halloween symbols, decorations, and customs, are mostly related to supernatural beings and occult forces.

The Encyclopedia of American Folklore states of Halloween: “is integrally related to the prospect of contact with spiritual forces, many of which threaten or frighten.” Likewise, many celebrations like Halloween have pagan origins and are deeply rooted in ancestor worship. Even today, people around the world use these days to make contact with supposed spirits of the dead.

The Wiccans, who follow ancient Celtic rituals, call Halloween by the ancient name Samhain and they consider this pagan celebration the most sacred night of the year. In USA Today a professed witch stated “Christians ‘don’t realize it, but they’re celebrating our holiday with us. . . . We like it."

The Halloween celebration is definitely in conflict with Bible teachings. The Bible warns: “There must never be anyone among you who . . . practices divination, who is soothsayer, augur or sorcerer, who uses charms, consults ghosts or spirits, or calls up the dead.”

If you are Christian and celebrate this holiday, can you truly call yourself Christian?

—Deuteronomy 18:10, 11, The Jerusalem Bible; see also Leviticus 19:31; Galatians 5:19-21.

Greene, Carol (2004) The Story of Halloween


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    • myuniverseawaits profile image

      myuniverseawaits 4 years ago

      thank you for the information

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      Mackenzie Sage Wright 4 years ago

      Wiccans don't actually follow ancient Celtic rituals; I know this, because I have been Wiccan for over 20 years. ;-)

      No one really knows ancient Celtic rituals because the Celts were 1) a collection of many different tribal religions with different rituals and 2)they were oral traditions and did not write them down. Anything ever about what Celts or Druids did on Sahmain came from Christian from the Dark and Middle Ages writings, which are not considered credible sources. Most of these claims are unfounded, and historians credit Christian traditions that started holiday motifs like costumes, trick-or-treating, jack-o-lanterns, honoring ancestors and fearing evil.

      The only thing we know about the Celts and Samhain was that it was the final harvest, and the word means "Summer's End", and that Wiccans in the 20th century adopted the name of the holiday but celebrate it very differently from what it originally was.

      There's a lot of faulty information about Halloween/Samhain that have people needlessly frightened of what could otherwise be a very innocent and fun communal celebration with neighbors, exchanging candy and smiles.