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The REAL Origins of Halloweén

Updated on December 27, 2012

Is It Trick Or Treat, Or is The Treat A Trick?

What a lovely, innocent picture, above of young girls bobbing for apples as l did as a child.Don´t think l ever had one of those nightdresses, though.

Today most children prefer to dress up and go from house to house asking´´´Trick or treat´´

It´s a fun night for them with lots of sweets and other goodies.

But what about The Other Side of Hallowe én?? The true Origins of the night?

Far from being just a bit of fun, to 4 different groups of people in our day, there is a much more serious side to the evening.

The 4 being,....... Druids, Satanists. Christian churches and Witches.

Christian Churches surprise me the most. They´ve had the bible for a very long time now, and this is the first time l´veheard of any churches putting on alternative entertainment for the youth of their Parish on Halloween. Suddenly they´ve noticed 2nd Corinthians chptr 6 vs 14 telling Christians to separate from, , not tolerate paganism. Or maybe they´ve just noticed 2nd Timothy chptr 1 vs 7 ´´ have the spirit of love not fear´´

WITCHES

Dave Stillwell (Ex witch and coven member) has spoken in a recorded interview in 1993.

He called Halloween the Highest Satanic Festival of The Year. (l always thought it was the 2nd highest, with Walpurgisnacht being the 1st. but l´m not going to argue with an ex witch)

Mr. Stillwell went on to say that the ´31st of October is the night when all the forces of darkness empower every witch and Satanist for the coming year´´.

It seems it really is a high Satanic festival despite the fact that most of us accept it as a fun night for trick or treat, bobbing for apples, and generally having a party.

After all. Who can resist ´´dressing up?´´

If the Witches and satanists are to be believed, there are a lot more gruesome happenings going on underneath our frivolous festivities.

Witches don´t always agree that they are also Satanists, however, for those who practice WICCA this is the main holiday of the year.!! A night for rituals, casting spells, and dancing around bonfires to celebrate the change of seasons.


DRUIDS.

The Druids were a priestly class of the ancient Celts.These particular celts worshipped more than 400 Deities. Samhain was the start of the Winter Festival, when the Lord of the Dead was worshipped on.... yes.. of course....31st of October.

Their New Year began on November 1st. Their festivities included Human sacrifice. Just a common feature of this great festival. ( Think l´ll give this one a miss too.)

The Celts believed that Sanhain was a day when the barriers between the spirit world and the living humanworld, came down.! People wore grotesque masks while dancing around their bonfires. Some say the masks were worn to fool the ghosts into thinking ´Ah! they´re one of us´..

The 1973 John Hardy movie, ´The Wicker Man´(that l wish l hadn't watched) was apparently very accurate according some Druids who saw the film. The only thing they took issue with was the part where the village policeman became their human sacrifice........

Well, l guess, it would be a bit of ´Bad Press´for them .Not good on the recruiting ads for Druids.

While l was researching for this hub and giggling occasionally at what l found ..... one Internet site left me cold....!!

It was advertising the 2011 Brotherhood of Satan, Samhain High Sabbat

Dark Arts Festival,

Conveniently from Thursday October 27th until Tuesday November 1st.

l wonder if they shout Happy New Year on November 1st.?? The site doesn't mention that but it does tell you that you can enjoy Black Mass among other celebrations. Camping and other convenient accommodation is nearby., for the Grand Sabbat Festival. (In Ohio!!!??)

Think l may stay home and watch a cartoon film that night. Brrrrrrr!!!!!!!!!!!





wonder what really happens in the woods
wonder what really happens in the woods

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  • Dim Flaxenwick profile imageAUTHOR

    Dim Flaxenwick 

    6 years ago from Great Britain

    Hi shamani67.,

    Thank you for reading and leaving your comment. l know what you mean, l was brought up a catholic. My ancestors are Irish catholics . All souls´Day was a Holiday of Obligation., so when l was young it,was Mass 1st thing in the morning before school.... Always.

    I think you´ll find that the celebrations go back even earlier than the Catholic Church.

    Pleased to met you on hubpages.

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    shamani67 

    6 years ago

    The true origin of Halloween can be found in Ireland. It is a religious festival of "All Souls Day".

    Nice reading your hub.

  • Dim Flaxenwick profile imageAUTHOR

    Dim Flaxenwick 

    6 years ago from Great Britain

    Thank you , James.

    Comercial it surely is , but l´m all for Free Enterprise.! Just think it´s good to know why we are buying witches outfits etc.,

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    James A Watkins 

    6 years ago from Chicago

    Fantabulous! I very much enjoyed your revelations about Halloween. Thank you for the excellent read.

  • Dim Flaxenwick profile imageAUTHOR

    Dim Flaxenwick 

    6 years ago from Great Britain

    Thanks for such a great comment.

    It´s amazing , once you start looking into all sorts of celebrations, isn´t it?

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    Teylina 

    6 years ago

    Very good, Dim. Glad somebody is out telling the truth--and there's more to be said, of course. But I really like seeing your putting the words out there. Ironically, I have a book called Celebrations published by, of all entities, HALLMARK! Slams Halloween along with everything else celebrated that they make money on--bad more than good! Up, of course!

  • Dim Flaxenwick profile imageAUTHOR

    Dim Flaxenwick 

    7 years ago from Great Britain

    Thank you lyricwriter......

    Always good to see you on my page. I enjoy your comments.

    Take care.

    Dim

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    Richard Ricky Hale 

    7 years ago from West Virginia

    Well done Dim. I agree. I tend to forget it cause I don't think about it that way. I believe times have changed in a positive way and it is more for children then Santanic purpose, although I am sure some cults of that sort still believe it to be a devil holiday. It is very intersting though knowing all the origins. Votes up. Well done.

  • Dim Flaxenwick profile imageAUTHOR

    Dim Flaxenwick 

    7 years ago from Great Britain

    Thanks, l enjoyed researching it and had quite a few surprises.

    Take care.

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    Movie Master 

    7 years ago from United Kingdom

    Hi Dim apple bobbing what fun! really enjoyed reading about Halloween history, interesting and spooky stuff!

    Voting up best wishes MM

  • Dim Flaxenwick profile imageAUTHOR

    Dim Flaxenwick 

    7 years ago from Great Britain

    Bobbing apples seems along, long way from dancing around a bonfire and sacrificing the local ´Bobby´(Cop)

    l´m with you, Alastar.

    Thank you so much for commenting.

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    Alastar Packer 

    7 years ago from North Carolina

    Right Dim, never argue with an ex-witch and thats not meant to be all tongue in cheek either.The original Wicker Man was a weird kind of movie. But it did have all those young maidens ritual dancing naked on that U.K. isle of yours. A good reminder and info on another side of things Dim, lets go apple bobbing now!

  • Dim Flaxenwick profile imageAUTHOR

    Dim Flaxenwick 

    7 years ago from Great Britain

    Hello Pinkchic18,

    Thank you for your visit. It certainly IS interesting.

  • Dim Flaxenwick profile imageAUTHOR

    Dim Flaxenwick 

    7 years ago from Great Britain

    Hi blaise ! Have a good one. ! !!!!!

    Always lovely to see you on my page, keep your head back on that pillow. Don´t ever change the pic , you look beautiful.

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    Sarah Carlsley 

    7 years ago from Minnesota

    Interesting! I've always kind of wondered. Thanks for sharing!

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    Fehl Dungo 

    7 years ago from close to you...

    This is great. I felt like you were reading me a story before I sleep at night. So interesting. Especially the apple thing Lady T mentioned. I wanna watch cartoons after this. LOL

    Happy Halloween!

  • Dim Flaxenwick profile imageAUTHOR

    Dim Flaxenwick 

    7 years ago from Great Britain

    Thank for such an amusing comment., jen....

    If you really go for the spongebob outfit l think we should see a pic, No????

    Hugs,

    Dim

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    jenubouka 

    7 years ago

    Great reading on Halloween history. I guess everyone is entitled to their favorite holiday, however I will skip the human sacrifice this year and put on my spongebob gear...

  • Dim Flaxenwick profile imageAUTHOR

    Dim Flaxenwick 

    7 years ago from Great Britain

    Hi Sunnie day. So good to see you., and what a great comment. Personaly the occult terrifies me. l know it is real, so l find it quite easy to avoid certain celebrations. (coward aren´t l?)

    Thank you so much.

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    Sunnie Day 

    7 years ago

    Hello Dim I was one of those who found out about the origins in my younger years as a mom. We did not celebrate it for many years. The children now have children and have drawn their own ideals about it. I remember one year I talked myself into letting the kids go and my little son looked up at me as he knocked on another door..Mommie I thought we did not believe in Holloween" Well honey uh...I dont ..I mean.." I could not finish my sentence..The churches is what really shocked me too..making it okay by dressing in Biblical characters..I think either you do or you don't ..It does not feel good to be in the middle if your belief system is one that you do not celebrate Holloween..You are right it is each ones choice and how they feel in their heart. Thank you for bringing this reminder to us all.

    Sunnie

  • Dim Flaxenwick profile imageAUTHOR

    Dim Flaxenwick 

    7 years ago from Great Britain

    Hello GlutenFreeLiving., pleased to meet you on hubpages.

    Sometimes it´s very disappointing to fnd out the truth of a certain holiday, but l think it is still good to be informed. Then we all have to make our own choices.

    Thank you for commenting.

  • Dim Flaxenwick profile imageAUTHOR

    Dim Flaxenwick 

    7 years ago from Great Britain

    Dear Mr. Epi man, thank you for always making such encouraging comments, and especially for spreading my work to other readers

    You are so kind.

    North of England time. 02.12 a.m. l´m still an insomniac.

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    GlutenFreeLiving 

    7 years ago from Australia

    Halloween is only just starting to gain some popularity here in Australia, so we have never really had to worry about it. Reading your hub showed me a lot of things I didn't know about this 'harmless' holiday.

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    epigramman 

    7 years ago

    ...oh dear me I really do love this hub subject, almost as much as I love you, well almost, I do have my priorities you know - lol lol - and I will be post this most informative and enlightening hub to all my ghouls and goblins on Facebook with a direct link back here ......and thank you for your holiday wishes - it's always a holiday when I get to hang out with you dear friend.

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  • Dim Flaxenwick profile imageAUTHOR

    Dim Flaxenwick 

    7 years ago from Great Britain

    Thanks for the extra info on bobbing for apples. l had no idea.

    Take care.

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    Lady_Tenaz 

    7 years ago

    Very very good my dear friend. You and I are on the same page with this. My entire life I knew that Halloween was not a good holiday based on the origins, but it is sad that many learn the truth of it and yet decided they would rather forget the origins so they could have fun. Turning a blind eye to the whole point. Bobbing for apples another pagan tradition brought by the Romans to give honor to Pomona by using the "Apple". It was introduced to the Celts because to the Romans Pomona was a fertility goddess, and the Celts believed that the pentagram was a fertility symbol. They believed that when an apple is sliced in half the seeds form a pentagram. From this belief comes the game bobbing for apples. During the annual celebration young unmarried people would try to bite into an apple floating in water or hanging from a string. The first person to bite into the apple would be the next one to marry.- crazy stuff huh!--- GOOD HUB!~

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