As an adult, do you know what Halloween represents? Most people are
ignorant of what Halloween is all about and for that matter don't
care. I grew up trick or treating like most kids in America and never
knew what it was all about. We even had a haunted house in the attic
of the little country CHURCH I attended!!!! I was like most kids in
the fact that all I wanted to do is get as much candy as I could and
would do what I had to do to get it!! Including fighting with my
brothers and sisters to be the first at the door....Every year I was
the devil. I had the most evil, horrible, grotesque, rubber mask that
was ever made. I had a pitchfork and my precious mother even sewed me
a long pointed tail on my red suit.
We all have stories to tell of Halloween, but do you really know what
it is all about?? If all you know of it is what I have described
above, you may want to read a little further and find out more info
about what you are celebrating. Now if you are a pagan you know
exactly what it is, if a Christian you are involved in something God
forbids and if you just a "good ole boy or girl" you don't care
Where did it begin?
It began over 2000 yrs ago with people known as the Celtics. They
lived in what is today England, Ireland, Scotland and Wales. This was
also the beginning of the Celtic new year, a time to give thanks to
the sun god for the harvest.
What is it all about?
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 Druidical belief that on the eve of this festival
Samhain, lord of death, called together the wicked spirits that
within the past 12 months had been condemned to inhabit the bodies of
It was a pagan belief that on one night of the year the souls of the
dead return to their original homes, there to be entertained with
food. If food and shelter were not provided, these evil spirits would
cast spells and cause havoc toward those failing to fulfill their
Sacrifices were offered on this night to the dead spirits because it
was thought they visited their earthly dwellings and former friends.
There was a prevailing belief among all nations that at death the
souls of the good men were taken possession of by good spirits and
carried to paradise; but the souls of the wicked men were left to
wonder in the space between the earth and the moon, or consigned to
the unseen world. These wandering spirits were in the habit of
haunting the living...But there were means by which ghosts might be
To exorcise these ghosts, that is to free yourself from their evil
sway, you would have to set out food and provide shelter for them
during the night. 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.
In modern day Satanism and Witchcraft covens, this is the day when
Satan himself comes to "fellowship" with his followers. Many changes
have occurred over the centuries, but one thing ha stayed the same,
the practice of giving an "offering" has stayed the same. Oh we do it
under the name of fun but what is the real meaning? Is it still the
same as in the old days? I say the answer is YES.
The Christian Connection
The celebration in the Roman Catholic Church, which was later to
merge with Samhain, was known as All Saints' Day. All Saints' Day
originated in the 7th century when the Pantheon at Rome was wrested
from the barbarians, made into a cathedral, and renamed the Church of
the Blessed Virgin and All Martyrs. Thus, from honoring "all gods"
(which is the meaning of the Greek word "pantheon") the Pantheon
became the center for glorifying all saints.
This day that honored all the "hallowed" saints was first observed on
the evening of May 13, and was known as the All hallows festival. The
day was officially authorized in 835 by Pope Gregory IV after it was
moved to November 1 to coincide with Samhain. It began on the evening
of October 31, which was called All Hallows Eve.
Thus, without forcing the pagans to drop their pagan practices and
accept Christianity, the Roman Catholic church merely made room to
accommodate the barbarians.
Just as it confiscated the pagan Pantheon for its own uses, this
church incorporated the customs of Samhain to further its mission to
convert the known world to Catholicism.
The two celebrations made strange bedfellows: one in respect of evil
spirits, the other honoring "saints."
Nevertheless, the joining of the two celebrations produced a hybrid
of beliefs about what was supposed to happen in the spirit world.
Souls in purgatory appeared as witches and toads to persons who had
wronged them. Halloween fires took on a new meaning and now were used
to comfort souls in purgatory as people prayed while holding burning
straw in the air.
Even the idea of trick-or-treating by evil spirits took on an
acceptable church flavor: costumed children went around on All Souls
Day offering to fast for the departed souls in return for money or an
As the Celts converted to the new religion, they did not forget their
stories of the dead traveling to the afterworld on Halloween. Rather,
exhibitions of this night became more evil and the observance adopted
even more malicious overtones.
Where do Witches, Black cats and Jack-O-Lanterns fit in?
In America it's a pumpkin, but in Europe it was often a turnip, large
beet, potato, rutabaga or even a skull with a candle in it. The
fearsome face of the jack-o-lantern was representative of the god of
the dead, Shamin, who would drive off less powerful evil spirits
abroad that night. As glimmering lights flickered over an English
marsh or an Irish bog, people imagined dead souls had returned to
earth. They would place the jack-o-lantern on posts and in windows to
ward off the spirits of the dead on Halloween.
The word jack-o-Lantern is an abbreviation of "Jack of the Lantern."
Jack is another name for joker or Satan. In the Irish tale, a man
named Jack was fond of playing tricks on the devil. Annoyed, the
devil tossed Jack a burning coal from hell. With the coal in
his "lantern" Jack was condemned to walk the earth forever searching
The jack-o-lantern is a Halloween idol that keeps alive an ancient
symbol of demonic superstition.
Witches and Black Cats
A pagan practice that was not eradicated upon the coming of
Christianity was witchcraft. The word "witch" comes from the Anglo-
Saxon Wicca, or "wise one." Witches were thought to be possessors of
Witches, who worship the deities of nature, have living talismans or
symbols through which they derive their dark powers. They invoke evil
spirits to enter the bodies of their talismans. Some have dogs, owls,
snakes or swine for their talismans, but the most common are cats.
The broomstick is a symbol of the male organ, on which the witch
mounts and leaps high around the fields to "teach" the crops how high
to grow. The notion of flying witches relates to the fact that
witches believed they could fly great distances to their feasts by
smearing their bodies with ointments containing drugs. The drugs gave
them psychedelic "trips" making them think they flew.
Witchcraft is demonic worship in diametric opposition to the worship
of the Heavenly Father Yahweh. Yahweh minces no words about it. He
told Israel through Moses, "Thou shalt not suffer a witch to live"
(Ex. 22:18). He says in Deuteronomy 18:10, "There shall not be found
among you any one that makes his son or his daughter to pass through
the fire, or that uses divination, or an observer of times, or an
enchanter, or a witch."
Cats have been closely associated with mystery religion from the
Egyptians to the Norse. But the Celts had a particular fear of cats,
believing they were humans who had been changed into feline form by
evil powers. The black cat particularly was connected to demonic
Black cats are the chief idol of the goddess of Wicca, Diana. In
legend, she turns into a black cat to commit incest with her brother,
Lucifer. Eventually the Druids themselves came to be regarded as
witches. Witch hunting during Halloween became almost a national
pastime in the colonial years of our nation. But that was yesterday.
Halloween is regarded as the high "Sabbath" for practicing witches
Orange, black, and red, the devil's colors, are the colors associated
with Halloween. Black prefigures black magic and demonic influence.
The black of night is when these forces of evil are busiest, using
the cover of darkness for their sinister works.
Skulls and Skeletons
The skeleton is a form of the god of the dead, the witches' "horned
god." The Dictionary of Satanism by Wade Baskin says this about
skulls and skeletons under "skull worship": "Skulls play an important
role as sacred relics and as objects of worship among primitives.
Among Polynesians and Melanesians, skulls of ancestors are worshiped
in order to establish connections with the spirits of the dead. Like
the head of Osiris in Egypt, the skulls of ancestors may also serve
as tutelar deities. The head or its parts, each of which may stand
for the whole, can be used as magical food or as a means of
increasing the fertility of the soil." Under "Skull," the Dictionary
of Lore and Legend says, "Symbol of death, often with crossed bones
Being that Halloween is a Celtic new year's festival, many of its
surviving rituals trace to the Celtic feast. The fire rite was
practiced in many areas around the world on the night before the new
year. The old fire was allowed to go out and a new one was kindled
usually a sacred fire from which the fires of the village were relit.
The fires were thought to rejuvenate the waning sun and aid in
banishing evil spirits. The Druids built hilltop fires to celebrate
important festivals. Ghosts and witches feared fire, it was thought,
and so fire became the best weapon against evil spirits. Witchcraft
was punished by burning at the stake, fire being used as a means
purification. The light that fires gave off was a sign of sacredness.
Popular at Halloween parties is apple bobbing. It was a means of
divination among the Druids and survives in cultures influenced by
the Celts. Because the apple is also a common love charm, the
practice of ducking for apples seems to have been associated with the
selection of a lover. Apple bobbing was originally a fertility rite
deriving from the Christmas observance, which was replete with
various fertility rites.
Is Halloween a TRICK or TREAT?
Most absolutely a TRICK. As you can see from all the above the real
meaning of Halloween has been watered down. It is Satan's objective
to get all to worship him. God tells us to not have any thing to do
Peter I 5:8 Be sober, be watchful. Your adversary the devil prowls
around like a roaring lion, seeking some one to devour.
1Thessalonians 5:22 Abstain from all appearance of evil.
1Timothy 4:1 Now the Spirit expressly says that in later times some
will depart from the faith, giving heed to seducing spirits and
doctrines of demons.
If you are a professing Christian, you have no reason to be part of
this holy day of Satan. Don't use the old cop out "well every body
does it". No everybody is not doing it. God will hold you responsible
for what you do this Halloween. Will you go ahead and participate in
it? Or will you pass along the word and let someone know what the
real meaning is.