History of Halloween and Participation

Those that know me and my family know well that we do not participate in the Halloween Festivities. We being Christians feel as though we should not allow our children to dress up for anything ungodly. I know the argument will be that not all things are ungodly about Halloween. Not all people participate in Satanism, or Witchcraft or anything to that subject. They see Halloween as fun for their children. They will say that there are other holidays that are just as pagan as Halloween. My response to that is, If God does not convict you and your family on this matter then it is what is best for your family. God's conviction was placed on me and my family about this. We choose to follow Christ and listen to what he was telling us. I do not down grade or belittle anyone that participates in this holiday or any other. It is not my place to judge you on the choices you make for your family. Only God can be the judge on that. I have read some interesting history today of Halloween and want to share it. I have friends that were mixed up in occult practices and I know what they have told me on the matter and what I believe on the matter and what the Bible says on the matter. They have since been delivered out of that bondage and now follow Christ, praise the Lord. 

The following information was borrowed from another source. 

Halloween’s History
Halloween’s roots come from the ancient Celts, a tribe living about 2,000 years ago in the areas that are now Ireland, Great Britain and northern France. The Celts were first described as a fierce, warlike, terrifying people, many of whom would have strings of human heads tied on their bridles. Halloween was their main holiday .. a festival that honored the the end of the harvest. The celebration marked the beginning of the season of cold, darkness, and decay. It has some elements of a festival of the dead. The Gaels, the dead, could reach back through the veil that separated them from the living. The custom of wearing costumes and masks, was an attempt to copy the spirits or placate them.

Encyclopedia Britannica, 11 edition, Volume 12 says:
“It was a Druidic belief that on the eve of this festival, Saman, lord of death, called together the wicked souls that within the past 12 months had been condemned to inhabit the bodies of animals…” (pp. 847-858)

Yearbook of English Festivals by Dorothy Gladys Spicer says:
“All Hallows’ Eve, or All Hallow E’en, with its tradition of witches, ghosts, hobgoblins and spirits, its games and incantations, is still is a gay time for pranks and parties in many North country homes. Fun-loving Americans have borrowed from their British ancestors .. Hallow E’en games such as apple-bobbing, nut roasting, and tossing of apple parings. Transplanted to the New World soil, the old practices have become revitalized, and currently are observed with more enthusiasm than in the country of their birth.”

To ancient Druids, the end of October commemorated the festival of the waning year, when the sun began his downward course, and ripened grain was garnered from the fields.” “Samhain, or ‘Summer’s End,’ as this feast to the dying sun was called, was celebrated with human sacrifice, augury and prayers; for at this season spirits walked, and evil had power over souls of men.”
Not until the fourth century did the pagan vigil for the god of light give way to All Hallows, the mass for Christian saints; and not until the tenth, did the Druids’ death feast become All Souls’, the day of prayer for souls that had entered rest. Cakes for the dead were substituted for human sacrifice, fortune-telling for heathen augury, and lighted candles for the old Baal fires.”

Halloween in the United States
In the United States, many early American settlers brought with them various customs such as the above. However, because of Christianity among so many of the settlers, Halloween celebrations were not celebrated until the 1800′s, when several immigrants from Ireland and Scotland introduced their Halloween customs. They brought various beliefs about ghosts and witches with them. Other groups added their own cultural influences to Halloween customs. German immigrants brought a vivid witchcraft lore, and Haitian and African peoples brought their native voodoo beliefs about black cats, fire, and witchcraft.
All Saints Day, a day the seventh century church set aside for remembering early Christians who died for their beliefs, was first celebrated in the month of May. By the year 900, the date was combined with the pagan rituals to be celebrated November 1. Another name for All Saints Day was All Hallows. October 31 was known as All Hallows Eve, which was later shortened to Halloween. The church made a grave mistake trying to combine pagan worship with Christianity. This is not scriptural! Because of that unwise decision, Halloween remains a holiday in America today
Halloween is more than childish fun. Witches have eight special holidays during the year. Halloween is their day above all days. Witchcraft is not child’s play. It is an abomination to the Lord. Johanna Michelson former occultist and author of The Beautiful Side of Evil said, “For a true Christian to participate in the ancient trappings of Halloween is as incongruous as for a committed Satanist coming from blood sacrifices on Christmas Eve, to set up a nativity scene in his living room, singing Silent Night, Holy Night with sincere devotion to baby Jesus!”
One thing Halloween should not be for the Christian is a time of fear. It should be a time to rejoice in the fact that The Son of God appeared for this purpose, that He might destroy the works of the devil. (1 John 3:8). This is a time of spiritual warfare. October 31 should be spent in prayer for the community and children; a time of worship by singing praise to the Lord. This can be a good time to teach our children to sacrifice by not sharing in the rituals because you love the Lord. Whatever your family decides to do on this day, ask yourself, “Does it glorify the Lord?
Ye cannot drink the cup of the Lord, and the cup of devils: ye cannot be partakers of the Lord's table, and of the table of devils. 1 Corinthians 10:21
May prayer is that this will be of help to you or someone. God bless!!

Peggy McCoyle
SAHWM and Homeschool Supporter


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