You asked if I celebrated Halloween? Oh but off course I did. I went out and bought a pumpkin, I carved it, I ate it, and even used my broom for a run around the garden a bit. And I did all of this on a very dark night.
No seriously?! I don’t do such things. I’m not picking or pointing fingers at any one person, religion or church. I don’t see any harm in dressing up in a funny costume (witches & dracula costumes are not funny) and knocking on neighbors houses asking for sweets. I’m sure it can be a lot of innocent fun. I’m just saying this is why I don’t do such things…..
Halloween has its origins in the ancient Celtic festival a.k.a. Samhain Feast it was a celebration of the end of the harvest season used by the ancient pagans to take stock of supplies and prepare for winter. The ancient Gaels believed that on October 31, the boundaries between the worlds of the living and the dead overlapped and the deceased would come back to life and cause havoc such as sickness or damage crops. The festival involved bonfires. Masks and costumes were worn in an attempt to mimic the evil spirits or pacify them.
Halloween, All saints day, All hallows eve or All souls day is a festival. It was held to honor the Samhain the so called “lord of death”. It was a belief that on the eve of this festival Samhain, called together the wicked spirits. Sacrifices were offered on this night to the dead spirits because it was thought they visited their earthly dwellings and former friends. If they were satisfied with your offerings, they would leave you in peace. If not, they were believed to cast an evil spell on you.
The practice of dressing up in costumes and begging door to door for treats on holidays goes back to the Middle Ages. Trick-or-treating resembles the late medieval practice of “souling” when poor people would go door to door on Hallowmas (November 1), receiving food in return for prayers for the dead on All Souls Day.
Halloween is also thought to have been influenced by the Christian holy days of All Saints’ Day. They are a time for honoring the saints and praying for the recently departed who had yet to reach Heaven. All Saints was introduced in the year 609, but was originally celebrated on May 13. In 835, it was switched to November 1 (the same date as Samhain Feast). This day lost its religious significance and became a secular festival.
And so it grew and changed into what it is today. There’s a history behind the toffee aples, the pumpkin carving (used to be a large turnip then changed to pumpkin) and even to the trick-or-treating. Halloween is a time of celebration of superstition.
The dead are dead, they are sleeping and cannot come back to do you good or evil. Dressing up as one of them decorating my garden with tombstones and taking part in an ancient superstitious and demonic ritual is just wrong in my opion.
It is not a treat it’s a trick – It has been watered down a bit over the years, but that is Satan’s objective to get all to worship him. As a professing Christian I have no reason to take part of this holy day of Satan. They have made it look so attractive for children. I hate it that it’s here in SA now and just grows bigger and bigger every year. It may seem harmless and even fun but why go there if it’s tainted with spirits of darkness? Why would we want our children to grow up with these experiences?
Whatever our children experience growing up they will carry to their children. Their character is molded and shaped by their surroundings and experiences. Our culture and our social group help form their attitudes, beliefs, customs and values. We mold and shape our children by our own attitudes. I only hope I’ve done the right thing with my boys and that I’ve given them a good grounding. And that the experiences they have had are valuable ones for good emotional and spiritual adulthood that they can carry on to their children one day. It’s a pity about the little ones that are so bombarded and overloaded with messages that are not always positive.
These are my beliefs. I am always learning new things from reading and studying my bible, not everyone will agree with me. But these beliefs have shaped me and determined who I am today.
1 Thessalonians 5:22
“Abstain from every form of evil”
“Now therefore, fear the Lord, serve Him in sincerity and in truth, and put away the gods which your fathers served on the other side of the River and in Egypt. Serve the Lord! And if it seems evil to you to serve the Lord, choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve, whether the gods which your fathers served that were on the other side of the River, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land you dwell. But as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.”