Today, my mom found a great link all about Halloween! The website is: http://www.av1611.org/halloween.html. I know it sounds weird, but it's a safe website.
Lets start this post off, by talking about Trick-Or-Treating.
"Every year on Halloween, many children throughout the world dress up in costumes and go door to door in a ritual known as trick or treating . . . unaware that their innocent masquerade is actually the remnants of a Druidic religious practice from times most ancient. (Dunwich, Gerina. The Pagan Book of Halloween, p. 11)Whatever the wrinkles, the root assumption is the same: trick or treat had its beginning in the Celtic dawn. (Santino, Jack. Halloween and Other Festivals of Death and Life, p. 82)"
Sounds pretty weird right? It gets worse.. If your Halloween outfit has a skull in it, you may not want to wear it.
The Skull Symbol
"An interesting symbol, the skull . . . It is prominent in Witchcraft and Demon worship as a celebration of death." (Burns, Cathy. Masonic and Occult Symbols Illustrated, p. 388)
You may be wondering, "What are Witchcraft and Demons?" well, the definition of Witchcraft is "the art of a witch ; sorcery ; magic. Magical influence ; witchery."
Revelation 21:8 says: But the cowardly, the unbelieving, the vile, the murderers, the sexually immoral, those who practice magic arts, the idolaters and all liars—they will be consigned to the fiery lake of burning sulfur. This is the second death.”
The "fiery lake of burning sulfur" is probably Hell. So it seems like God does not want us to take part in Magic..
Now lets take a look at what Demons mean.
"An evil spirit, an evil passion or influence, a person considered extremely wicked, evil, or cruel."
Whenever I hear the word "Demon" I think of how in the Bible, Jesus calls out evil Demons from people. The Demons would take over people, which is horrible. So it seems like God does not approve of Demons either.
Bobbing For Apples
"The practice of bobbing for apples at a Halloween party comes form our Pagan ancestors, who highly valued apple magick." (RavenWolf, Silver. Teen Witch, p. 42)"
(Magick is similar to magic, but it could also be substituted for the word "mighty")
Sorta weird huh..?
This is probably the worst part..
"If Witches are the Queen of Halloween, the smiling jack-o’-lantern is the King. The demonic jack-o’-lantern leaves most historians baffled tracing its spooky origin. One popular tale, tells of Jack who tricked the devil in a deal for his soul. But the origin of the jack-o’-lantern is much more sinister. It arrives from the Druid’s ghastly reverence of the severed human head! They proudly decorated their houses and temples with bloody severed heads. The Druids believed the head housed the soul, hence the light or candle in the skull. The original jack-o’-lantern was not a pumpkin or turnip, but a severed human head!
Trophy, charm, or ornament, the human head figured prominently in Celtic life. Warriors hung enemy heads on their houses as a show of prowess, and Druids, believing that the head harbored the soul, placed skulls in sanctuaries to ward off evil. (National Geographic, May 1977, p. 603)
. . . they hang the heads of their enemies from the necks of their horses, and, when they have brought them home, nail the spectacle to the entrances of their homes. . .(Strabo, Geography)
It is believed that faces, rather than other images or symbols, were originally carved onto the pumpkin because they gave the jack-o’-lantern the look of a head. The Celts of ancient times believed that the head was the most sacred part of the human body, for it housed a person’s immortal soul. (Dunwich, Gerina. The Pagan Book of Halloween, p. 32)
. . . the jack-o’-lantern is generally presented in its traditional form as a festive euphemism for the death’s-head, the triangular nose hole and rictus grin being the "dead" giveaways. (Skal, David J. Death Makes a Holiday: The Cultural History of Halloween, p. 38)
Carved and illuminated by a candle, they are symbolic of death and the spirit world. (Thompson, Sue Ellen. Holiday Symbols and Customs, p. 256)"
And thats the real meaning of Halloween..
Credit for definitions: Dictionary.com
Credit for Halloween information: http://www.av1611.org/halloween.html
If you don't celebrate Halloween, (or plan not to after reading this post...) heres a little tip from keeping Trick-Or-Treaters from knocking on your door!
Turn off your front porch light, and maybe have your parents park the family car in the garage. This could prevent kids from knocking on your door, because it looks like your not home.
Though opening your door to Trick-Or-Treaters is a great witnessing tool, some teenagers dress up really bad. Some teens could dress up as devils, or have fake "blood" run down their face.
Since I don't celebrate Halloween, we don't decorate the house with Halloween stuff. But me and my Mom do have a fun little tradition we do on Halloween night! We decorate the mantel with Christmas stuff! It's a lot of fun. Maybe you could ask your parents if you can do the same thing!
I hope you enjoyed this post! Heres todays Bible verse!
Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind.
Remember, God made YOU!