Halloween History: Halloween has always been a holiday filled with mystery, magic and superstition.Today’s Halloween ghosts are often depicted as more fearsome and malevolent, and our customs and superstitions are scarier too.
The Celts lived 2,000 years ago in the area that is now Ireland, the United Kingdom and northern France, celebrated their new year on November 1.
Celts believed that on the night before the new year, the boundary between the worlds of the living and the dead became blurred. On the night of October 31 they celebrated Samhain (photo below) , when it was believed that the ghosts of the dead returned to earth. Celts thought that the presence of the otherworldly spirits made it easier for the Druids, or Celtic priests, to make predictions about the future.
To commemorate the event, Druids built huge sacred bonfires, where the people gathered to burn crops and animals as sacrifices to the Celtic deities. During the celebration, the Celts wore costumes, typically consisting of animal heads and skins.
By 43 A.D., the Roman Empire had conquered the majority of Celtic territory. In the course of the four hundred years that they ruled the Celtic lands, two festivals of Roman origin were combined with the traditional Celtic celebration of Samhain. The first was Feralia, a day in late October when the Romans traditionally commemorated the passing of the dead. T
On May 13, 609 A.D., Pope Boniface IV dedicated the Pantheon in Rome in honor of all Christian martyrs, and the Catholic feast of All Martyrs Day was established in the Western church. Pope Gregory III (731–741) later expanded the festival to include all saints as well as all martyrs, and moved the observance from May 13 to November 1.
Now Christian Celts celebrated All Souls Day similarly to Samhain, with big bonfires, parades, and dressing up in costumes as saints, angels and devils. The All Saints Day celebration was also called Halloween (All hallows).
As the beliefs and customs of different European ethnic groups as well as the American Indians meshed, a distinctly American version of Halloween began to emerge. The first celebrations included “play parties,” public events held to celebrate the harvest, where neighbors would share stories of the dead, tell each other’s fortunes, dance and sing and tell ghost stories and mischief-making of all kinds.
In the second half of the nineteenth century millions of Irish fleeing Ireland’s potato famine of 1846, helped to popularize the celebration of Halloween nationally.
By the 1920s and 1930s, Halloween had become a secular, but community-centered holiday, with parades and town-wide parties as the featured entertainment.
Halloween had evolved into a holiday directed mainly at the young. Pranks rather than former vandalism became usual.
Today, Americans spend an estimated $6 billion annually on Halloween, making it the country’s second largest commercial holiday.
From America, Halloween has spread to Europe in recent years. I guess by thrifty business people to milk the European cow.
But Satanists are using Halloween´s origin in pagan Samhain to celebrate Satan
Former satanist high priest: Halloween is an occasion when the ancient gods (actually demons) are worshiped with human sacrifice?!.
If you allow your children to participate in Halloween (Trick or Treating, costume parties, etc.) you are allowing them to play on “the devil’s turf”. You are opening up doorways into their young lives for evil by bringing them into a kind of “fellowship” with these ancient “gods”.
Demonbuster: Time’s recent cover story would indicate that witchcraft is not a thing of the past. Satan is not dead. Young people by the thousands are probing seriously the mysteries of “the other side,” from seances to Satan worship. Leading universities report over-enrolled courses on witchcraft . . . occult book sales have doubled in three years . . . most American high schools have their campus “witches and warlocks”
Rev. Irene A. Park, gives insight to modern rituals: “The highest Sabbath mass is the eve of October 31. There are blood sacrifices offered up to the god of Baal worship, the sun god Ra, and to the goddess of fertility Diana. Multitudes are gathering in worship, prayer, and sacrifices to the god of the world, Lucifer.
Dr. Parks writes, “Many of the people are saturated in demonology with demonic spirits and are already in control of government establishments, militaries, religious organizations, financial systems, educational institutions, etc. These spirits are superior and receive their origin in Satan
Henry Makow 30 Oct. 2015:
Halloween was designed to be a framework for self initiation into the Luciferian way of thinking. Once a minor toe hold of the occult in modern life, why has Halloween imagery and obsession with lust and death become the mainstay of the entertainment industry? Notice that as Halloween mushroomed since 1966, so has obsession and ‘revolution’ of perverted sex, the occult, and admiration of serial killers and psychotics. –
“The person wearing the mask feels internally transformed and takes on temporarily the qualities of the god or demon represented by the mask” (Biedermann, Hans. Dictionary of Symbolism, p. 218)
Halloween brings out the evil side of human nature in certain individuals. The number of vandalism acts committed each year on Halloween certainly seems to support this.” . . ( The Pagan Book of Halloween, p. 23)