I keep getting cute little e-mails from Christian sources all over the place that try to convince me that Halloween is a "Christian" holiday and that it's okay to practice it...as long as we keep it within the "right" perspective and spirit. I'm sorry, but nothing could be further from the truth! Halloween was NEVER a "Christian" holiday!
CELTIC NEW YEAR
October 31 is the most important day in the satanic year. It marks the Celtic new year, and is always at the end of the growing season, thus it became the "Festival of Death." On this day, the god of the Celts was to have called up the spirits of the wicked dead who had died during the past year. At the same time, other evil spirits arose and went about the countryside harassing the people. On October 31, the Celts expected to be harassed by ghosts, evil spirits, and demons; and it was no fun and games to them! They would light bonfires to guide the spirits to their own town and to ward off evil spirits.
The Celts had satanic priests called Druids. On October 31, the Druids went from house to house demanding certain foods, and all those who refused were cursed. The people were tormented by means of magic. As they went, the Druids carried large turnips which they had hollowed out and carved in demon faces as charms. Each one was believed to contain the demon spirit that personally led or guided that priest - his little god. Costumes were worn at times to hide the identity of the Druid as he would threaten people with curses if they did not comply with the food he demanded.
Those who practiced fortune telling and divination found that this was the night that they had the most success. They called upon satan to bless their efforts. One form of divination was to put apples in a tub and bob for them. The one who first successfully came up with an apple without putting it in his teeth was to have good luck throughout the year. They would then peel the apple and throw the peeling over their shoulder and quickly look around. They expected to see a vision or an apparition of the one they were to marry.
These things happened several centuries before Christ. Sacrifices were made to the gods, especially the god of death: Sam Hain (pronounced Sah - win). Sacrifices all the way from vegetable to human were offered.This went on and on and in some parts of the world still goes on today.
THE 8TH CENTURY
In the eighth century, the Pope, in an effort to get the people to quit the festival of Sam Hain, invented All Saints Day (Nov. 1). This was an attempt to get the people to turn away from the horrible observance of Sam Hain. All Saints Day was intended to honor the martyrs of the Roman persecution. It didn't work. It never works to Christianize a pagan holiday. The holy and the profane don't mix!!
THE MIDDLE AGES
In the middle ages there was a great revival of satanic practices, witchcraft, and magic - like there is today. During this time, the belief developed that witches traveled on broomsticks to the black sabbaths (witchs' celebration held every October 31) to worship satan. They were guided by spirits in the form of black cats. The Druids worshipped cats
believing them to be reincarnated evil people.
This festival of death has survived all of the efforts of the Church to stamp it out.The Church is joining the opposition by celebrating this festival.The devil has been very successful in invading Christian holidays like Christmas and Easter, providing counterfeits for the real thing. Halloween is different. It has always been satanic in nature. Satan has deluded the Christians into celebrating his festival. All Saints Day became All
Hallows Day and came to be called in the western world All Hallows
Eve, and then All Hallows Een. Finally, the word was reduced to the way we have it today, Halloween. That's where the name came from, and even if it is called All Hallows Evening it has nothing to do with the Christian faith and it never did! The bottom line is this: Halloween has been so deluted that many parents don't even realize all the symbolism there is in trick or treating, wearing of costumes, decorating with jack-o'-
lanterns, and all the rest that goes with this evil holiday. October 31 is the night that satanists and occultists the world around look forward to for giving the most honor to satan and praying to him intensely for the fall of the Church of Jesus Christ and the destruction of families. It is the night of the human sacrifice to satan. It is the biggest day in the life of a satanist. It is not an innocent holiday!!
Now let's look at the present day celebration of Halloween. Isn't the whole theme one of darkness, death, fear, threats, destruction and evil? There are witches, broomsticks, bats, owls, ghosts, skeletons, death, and monsters. We dress our children as demons, witches, ghouls, monsters and werewolves and send them out into the streets in the dark to reenact
the Druids' practice of demanding food from people under the threat of tricks (or curses) if they don't comply. We take, not a turnip, but a pumpkin, and carve demon faces in it and decorate with it. At Halloween there will be apple bobbing, divination, fortune telling, haunted houses, candles lit, and spirits called up. There will be seances and ouiji
boards...all in the name of fun! There will be sacrifices of dogs, cats, rats, chickens, goats, and even humans! You say, "Oh! But we don't take it seriously!" No...but the devil does..........and so does God! Particularly this is true when the church which He purchased with His blood builds haunted houses in its fellowship halls so that the little lambs who have been entrusted to its care can be terrified and opened up to invading spirits of fear, torment, and confusion. HOW THIS MUST GRIEVE THE LORD! Halloween has never been a Christian holiday and it has no place in the life of a born-again believer in Jesus Christ. In fact it is an abomination to God and we should take our stand firmly against it and all it entails. As we look into its history, we find that its roots go deep into heathenism, paganism, Satanism, and the occult; and the modern expression is no better!
2 Corinthians 6:14
1 Thessaloians 5:21-23
1 Corinthians 10:19-23
Funk & Wagnall's Encyclopedia
The Standard Reference Work
Illustrated World Encyclopedia
The Columbia Encyclopedia
World Book Encyclopedia
Message by Tom McKenny entitled, "Festival of Death"