Fall in New England, especially New Hampshire is absolutely beautiful. However, while I love to see all the pumpkins and mums and the colors at the farms stands and homes, I hate Halloween, and have since I was saved nearly 30 years ago and learned the truth. But, my hatred is even more prevalent, as it marks the date of my bi-polar young son’s suicide in 1999, 13 years ago this month. It is forever in my soul a day I will never forget. Why, my son, then in paranoia, picked that day I’ll never know. But, in his deep depression, he left with me an added hatred of a day that God always has deplored. I only thank my Lord Jesus that my son was saved at 11 years old, before this terrible illness got ahold of him. I thank Jesus every day of my life!
But, I want to tell you the history of Halloween, so you can make up your own decisions on whether to let your children be thrown into the hands of the devil himself. For we, as Christians had alternative Fall parties for kids with games etc., rather than dressing them up in costumes as a sacrifice to satan. That is rediculous you say? Is it? 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, even though it has been such a money-making gimmick for retailers and so commercial. As we look at its history, we find that its roots go deep into heathenism, paganism, Satanism, and the occult, and its modern expression is no better.
History of Halloween (Celtic New Year)
October 31 is the most important day in the satanic year. It marks the Celtic new year. It was the end of the growing season. It became a festival of death. On this day, the god of the Celtics 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 agout the countryside harassing the people. On October 31, the Celtis 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 Celtics 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 on which they carved demon faces as charms. Each one was believed to contain the demon spirit that personally led or guided that priest – his little god.
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 apples and throw the peeling over their shoulders and then 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 vegetables to human were offered. This went on and on and in some parts of the world still goes on today.
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 persecutions. It didn’t work! It never works to Christianize a pagan holiday. The Holy and the profane don’t mix. Its like oil and water!
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 to worship Satan on October 31. They were guided by spirits, who the druids believed to be reincarnated evil people.
This festival of death has survived all 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 Christmas and Easter, providing counterfeits for the real thing. Halloween is different! It has always been satanic. He has deluded the Christians into celebrating his festival and thinking it is harmless fun. All Saints Day became All Hallows Day. Hallow means holy or sacred. October 31 is the evening before All Hallows Day and came to be called in the western world all hallows evening and then all hallows een. Een is an abbreviation for evening. Finally, the word was reduced to the way we have it today, Halloween. Thats 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.
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, not to mention all the evil gruesome movies that blare on our tv stations. We dress up our children as demons witches , ghouls, monsters and werewolves ( a sacrifice to the Devil) and send them out into the streets in the darkness to reenact the Druids’ practice of demanding food from people under 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 Ouija boards in the name of fun and excitement. There will be sacrifices of dogs, cats, rats, chickens, goats, and even humans. Satanic cults in cities are well known to many police throughout our country. You say, “Well, we don’t take it seriously.” But the devil does and so does God. Particularly this is true when the Church which HE purchased with His own precious blood at the Cross, builds houses of horror 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!
Scripture Reference Hosea 4:6, Ezekiel 44:23, Deut. 18:9-14, James 1:27, II Cor 6:14, Deut 7:25-26, I Cor.10:19-23, I Thes. 5:21-23, Phil.4:8 Other sources: American Encyclopedia, Funk & Wagnalls Enc. ..Reprinted by permission of New Covenant Church /Rock Church VA