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What is Halloween?
It is the time of the year where everybody waits for Halloween; when children get ready for candy and costumes, adults decorate the homes and set up parties, and stores sell out on seemingly everything Halloween. Not only this, but it is when churches everywhere participate in this holiday and have multiple functions such as Harvest Day, instead, and a preparation day to All Saint's Day on November 1st, a Catholic-installed holiday. But what is Halloween? What are it's origins, and why do we celebrate it in the church?
Halloween is actually originated from the Night of Sahmain (pronounced Sah-win), dating back to, at the earliest, the 10th century, but known to be practiced over 2,000 years ago. October 31st, or the Sahmain, is a pagan Celtic festival but also one of the eight pagan and satanic sabbaths of the year, being in the middle of the autumn equinox (Mabon, September 19-22) and the winter solstice (Yule, December 19-22). It was celebrated as an end of the harvest festival, sabbath, and the beginning of the winter. This was mostly celebrated in Ireland by Druid priests, Gaelic peoples. Sahmain was always celebrated as a night for contacting the dead, and would be directed to this god Sahmain. This god was symbolized as the horned god, the stag, and can be closely related to that of Pan and the baphomet, otherwise known as lucifer or satan. So, what would happen during this night? We will go by the traditions of modern day Halloween and see how they correlate to Sahmain.
The Pumpkin & “Trick or Treat”
The Pumpkin is the biggest sign of Halloween. Every year people buy pumpkins, carve them out, and put candles in them to light up and put them upon their doorsteps. In preparation of Sahmain these Druid priests would go to houses of lords and rich people demanding either a servant or member of the household for their rituals for Sahmain. If the household gave up a servant or member, the Druid priests would take a gourd, or like vegetable, and place it in front of the door of the household. However, this gourd-like-object would be carved out and filled with human fat and lit on fire. This would protect the household from the apparent demons they would unleash and they would passover the home.
If the family did not give up a servant or member, a sacrifice, the Druids would paint a pentagram with human blood upon their home and this would be a target, if you would, for the demons to go to this household. So, pumpkins originate from human sacrifice and the reactions to this. This is also where the tradition of “Trick or Treat” has come from.
Bobbing for Apples & Apple Cider
Ah, the innocent tradition of putting apples in water and having people “bob” them out by grabbing them with their teeth. This, too, originates from Sahmain. At the sacrificial ritual grounds the Druid priests would use for Halloween they would have cauldrons of an apple cider like substance on top of a fire heating up. By the time of “bobbing,” this liquid would be boiling. Apples would then be placed in these cauldrons. The Druids would bring their “sacrifices,” the servants and members of the households, to these cauldrons and give them an offer: successfully get this apple out by using your mouth and be set free, or be put to death. If these people failed to grab these apples from the boiling hot water which would severely harm them, they would be beheaded right then and there. At one of the sites of the Sahmain rituals, the famous Stonehenge, bodies have been found, many being beheaded. A nearby site, Avesbury, a similar yet larger pagan sacred site like Stonehenge, more bodies have been found which, too, hosted these pagan rituals.
Costumes & Masks
The most “fun” part of Halloween is dressing up in costumes and masks. There are parties, church functions, and the likes for this and it is seemingly harmless. During the night of Sahmain, it was believed that the “veil” between the spiritual world and this world was the thinnest so that spirits would come through and communication could be made. The Druid priests would have large bonfires for the spirits to “find their way,” yet when spirits would come through the priests did not know if they would be benevolent or not, so to protect them they would go to measures now found as a critical part of Halloween. The Druids would wear “costumes,” usually white robes, and paint many pagan symbols such as the pentagram and hexagram on them to protect them, since they believed symbols have power. As well as this they would wear disfigured and mutilated masks to “scare” the spirits and therefore protect them. So, Druids would dress up in costumes to deal with the spirits.
Bonfires, Hay, & Wicker
As mentioned before, the Druid priests would make large bonfires so the spirits could find their way to the other side, this being our natural world. As well as this, soldiers of the Druid priests would go out and collect wicker and make cages of this wicker. The Druids would make all of these cages and fill them with food, animals, and finally humans. They would put these cages together with more wicker and make a form of a giant person, a man. They would then burn all of these wicker cages, with the contents inside, as a sacrifice to Sahmain and their gods, and the dead. This is where the rest of the servants and members of the household would end up. We can see this custom has found it's way even to modern day America with the Burning Man gathering in Black Rock, Nevada.
Witches, Magic, & the Dead
This Halloween, the Night of Sahmain, is in it's origin completely pagan, so the association with witches, magic, and the dead is the entire point of the celebration. It is no surprise, then, that Wicca, pagan, and satanic groups and people all celebrate it and Halloween has then incorporated the dead, magic, and particularly witches. They are simply the fruits of the tree. The Night of Sahmain was about the dead and many practices of divination were used, which witches are practitioners of divination by definition.
It is ever so clear now that Halloween is indeed pagan. Many people do not accept these “traditions” or this “folklore” as fact, yet believe hundreds of other “traditions” based upon no fact whatsoever in church life. Halloween accompanies a general celebration of all that is darkness. We dress up in many evil things, quite commonly as satan, magic and gluttony of candy is promoted, everything monster is focused on, evil pumpkin carvings are the central theme, and everything is about this darkness. Again, these are simply the fruits of the tree of Halloween. As Jesus said, a good tree cannot produce good fruit, but a bad tree produces bad fruit (Matthew 7:17-18). What tree are you eating from by celebrating Halloween? Are you not being apart of this world, and conforming to it (Romans 12:2)? If Halloween is pagan in nature and by all means evil, are we not sinning by celebrating it? Scripture tells us to have nothing to do with the works of darkness, but to expose them (Ephesians 5:19).
While these facts may not seem concrete enough, we only need to look at the pagan world to see that Halloween is indeed evil, especially by the mindset of satanists and pagans. I believe one of the most important people to quote on this would be Anton LaVey, the founder of the church of satan. He is quoted in the Satanic Bible, page 96 “After one's own birthday, the two major satanic holidays are Walpurgisnacht (May 1st) and Halloween.” LaVey is also quoted “I'm glad that Christian parents let their children worship the devil at least one night out of the year.”
When you associate yourself with something, you worship it, in a way. When we seek God, go to church, seek to be righteous, and share the Gospel we do this out of love for God and to worship Him, since worship in the Greek means, symbolically, as a dog licking his master's hand. Why is it that we participate in something as innately evil and dark as Halloween? Ask yourself, if Jesus was here, would He celebrate Halloween? Would He whitewash the Truth in lukewarmness and make up “All Saints Day” or “Harvest Festival” so He could make an excuse to just go along with the world? No, He certainly wouldn't. Halloween is about evil, paganism, wickedness, divination, human sacrifice, contacting the dead, and sorcery. All of this is condemned explicitly in the Bible:
“When you come into the land that The Lord your God is giving you, you shall not learn to follow the abominable practices of those nations. (pagan practices) There shall not be found among you anyone who burns his son or his daughter as an offering, anyone who practices divination or tells fortunes or interprets omens, or a sorcerer or a charmer or a medium or a necromancer or one who inquires of the dead, for whoever does these things is an abomination to The Lord. And because of these abominations The Lord your God is driving them out before you.” Deuteronomy 18:9-12 ESV
Accompanying this is just sin, mischief night, drinking, pranking, gluttony, immoral costumes, and in reality the entire thing is in opposition to God. So, why is it that we participate in this? We can come up with any excuse we want but at the end of the day we are told, explicitly, to have nothing to do with evil and pagan practices. Just because American Christianity has made Halloween to be okay, or in other words conformed to society and the world, does not mean it is okay. We must never conform to the world. Some say this is an opportunity to witness to the world by participating in Halloween but I believe Charles Spurgeon had two very good quotes regarding this; “The devil has seldom done a cleverer thing than hinting to the church that part of their mission is to provide entertainment for the people, with a view to winning them” and “that very church which the world likes best is sure to be that which God abhors.”
We must never sacrifice the Truth for the sake of getting along with the world or “reaching” people. That lukewarm attitude only creates lukewarm Christians living lukewarm lives and receiving the punishment of being vomited out by God because they are lukewarm (Revelation 3:16). Let us be true in our walk and have nothing to do with the unfruitful works of darkness and the ways of the heathen. We hope this can bless and move you, and that the churches will be found as wise servants protecting the Truth rather than likes from the world.
I ask that none of you trust what I say, but that you research this all for yourself and seek out the Truth as well as going into honest, self examining prayer and ask God if He really does wish for us to partake in a pagan festival such as this. I do not see God approving of us to do exactly what He explicitly condemns.
“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 KJV