Why do we Celebrate Halloween?

Halloween is originally known as ‘Samhain’ which marks the end of the harvest season for Celtic farmers. Now during this time the Druid priest will foretell whether their villages will withstand the winter by lighting bon fires and they would disguise themselves to confuse the spirits that lurked around.

Now it is said that in the 8th century Pope Gregory the third (III)established what is known as ‘All Hallows Day’ to try to distract the  Celts from their pagan practice and instead used it to honor all saints known or unknown on Nov 1st.  For a while the Europeans accepted this but they wanted to continue with what was started as the tradition and they changed the name from ‘All Hallows Day’ to All Hallows Eve’ which was a heathen tradition.

During this period the Americans never participated in this tradition because they never wanted to associate with such a heathen tradition until the Irish came to the US and  in the mid 1900’s they continued with the tradition with their bon fires, and jack o’ lanterns and demonic made costumes. Trick or treat was originally known as ‘howling’ where they would go from home to home and pray for the soul of each family that passed in exchange for small cakes to eat.

This became a growing tradition for Americans by the 20th century and the Catholics used this time to remember the saints and the dead.This season usually takes place at the end of summer and just as the darker half of the year begins, where all the spirits good or bad come and walk among the living. The bonfires were used to ward of witches who are awaiting their punishment in hell and jack o lanterns were made out of crops to represent souls of the dead.

In other rituals on this particular night they offer up humans as a sacrifice. According to the Celtic druid tradition Oct 31st is their form of New Years Eve to celebrate every form of evil, the wicked and the dead. The colors for the devil and the wicked is orange, black, and red.

People wore disguises to confused the spirits because it is said the spirits come out at this time to seek revenge on those that harm them in the past lives. In Spain women bake pastries called ‘bones of the Holy’ and put it in the  grave yards and witches have their worship services and offer up blood as a sacrifice to satan.

So Tell me again why are we celebrating Halloween?

12 thoughts on “Why do we Celebrate Halloween?”

  1. I was never a fan of the season. Never liked the idea of it, don’t like being scared. I participated maybe 3 times when I was with my parents but just wanted the candy, but that became traumatic. In 1998 I learned some history in church, did some on my own and realized my gut, my spirit was right all along. When things are not right my everything starts to buzz my conscious bothers me I become anxious. I teach my children, you cannot serve God and then celebrate demons.

    1. I thank you for your contribution, and keep tuned into our discussions, this forum is for all to share their views and things you want to discuss as well. Be blessed

  2. Awesome post and awesome question…. We had a study and conversation about this topic tonight at my church as well. I work with students in small groups and I read the history to them in an educational setting and I had a conversation with my youth at school. Not only did we have a discussion but I had them to write their thoughts on paper explaining why or not they choose to celebrate the holiday and they had to write why, after I read the history to them. I also shared with them and told them why I chose not to celebrate the holiday. I do feel that we need to have more discussions with our youth about pertinent topics such as Halloween instead of going with the flow and doing what everyone else does..

    1. I thank you for your comments, this blog is designed to have discussions on topics that most people are afraid to discuss in church but this forum is for to air their views. Thank you

  3. Hi Mrs. Haynes !While October 31st to November 2nd is celebrated as All Saints in Mexico, November 1st is Day of the Innocents (remembering hildren and babies) and November 2nd is called Day of the Dead (Dia de Muertos). Families build ‘altars’ for their deceased in their homes and on their graves, and load them with all their favourite foods. Sugar skulls and bread with bone shapes are the traditional treats. As you mentioned the colour orange, the official flower for the season is an orange flower. There is even a traditional doll called The Catrina, which is a really a well dressed skeleton , very popular, very ‘cultural’.Scholars trace the origins of the modern Mexican holiday to indigenous observances dating back hundreds of years and to an Aztec festival dedicated to the goddess Mictecacihuatl while ritual celebration of dead ancestors date back to almost 3000 years ago. The belief behind the tradition is that the spirits visit the homes and graves and ‘eat’ their favourite treats. I don’t think anyone really believes their relatives’ spirits return from the dead to have supper, but it is a deeply entrenched norm that in some parts of Mexico actually seem extreme. My thought is that ‘someone’ is receiving this ‘honour’ and ‘worship’, I know what the Bible says about offerings to demons.It’s funny how this darkness started long, long ago and appears on different continents and yet with such similar traits. They are obviously related….Worship of evil, worship of death. Same thing, in my book.

      1. Interesting article, every year at this time I can’t believe how so many christians fall for this satanic and devilish ritual and say it is traditions and allow their children to go trick a treating or dress in specific colours or costumes and say all they friends are doing it so…….We do not invite or take in demons into our house and then try to drive them out after. Christ told us MUST shun the very appearance of evil.

  4. I do not celebrate Halloween and have not since receiving Christ at the age of 14. My home church believes in teaching the Truth of God’s Word and living it. Following the traditions of men will have you worshipping and following Satan! I am a follower of Christ!! Our Father which art in Heaven hallowed (kept holy) be thy Name..!!! Do you see the root word of Halloween in hallowed? Satan uses sacred words because remember he wants to be worshipped! Satan is the father of lies!!! Read and follow the Word of God not the traditions of men! Thank you for this blog! Very good topics Haynes Family!! Love you!!

  5. I do not celebrate Halloween and have not since receiving Christ at the age of 14. My home church believes in teaching the Truth of God’s Word and living it. Following the traditions of men will have you worshipping and following Satan! I am a follower of Christ!! Our Father which art in Heaven hallowed (kept holy) be thy Name..!!! Do you see the root word of Halloween in hallowed? Satan uses sacred words because remember he wants to be worshipped! Satan is the father of lies!!! Follow the Word of God! Thank you for this blog! Very good topics Haynes Family!! Love you!!

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