Do we take Halloween too lightly and should we truly "celebrate" it?

Do we take Halloween too lightly and should we truly "celebrate" it?
Halloween is something that is "celebrated" seemingly more and more every year. As a species, we've "commercialized" it so much that it's now BIG BUSINESS for a lot of shops, stores and businesses around the world. From pubs and clubs, halls and even churches! Yes, even churches dabble in the Halloween celebrations and invite people to come to their "Halloween dance". Like what!? Have we forgotten what Halloween is all about? What it's truly, truly about?

What is Halloween truly about? Why is there a Halloween?

Halloween is a time of celebration and superstition. It is thought to have originated with the ancient Celtic festival of Samhain, when people would light bonfires and wear costumes to ward off roaming ghosts. Mind you they used to think that the dead returned as ghosts on that day and they'd even leave wine and food outside for them (not much unlike how kids leave mince pies out for Santa). They even used to wear masks so that they would be mistaken for fellow ghosts and not people that could be harmed or haunted by those ghosts. In the 8th century, the Christian church actually turned Samhain into what's now known as All Saints day where the night before it was known as "All Hallows Eve" which was later shortened to be called what we call it today of Halloween.

Let's talk about trick or treatin'!

This wasn't called that originally. It was known as "Souling" & "Guising". Back in Medieval Britain, November 2nd was known as "All Souls Day" when the poor and needy would beg for what were known as "Soul Cakes" (hot cross buns basically). In return they made prayers for people's dead relatives along with other things like no more plague, no more famine, good weather etc. That was known as Souling. Guising is where people would dress up in costumes and go around collecting things like wine, food, money etc in exchange for singing, reciting poetry and telling jokes etc. It wasn't until the early 19th century that Irish and Scottish Immigrants revived these old traditions what we know today as trick or treatin'! Mind you back then, it was more about the tricks and pranks and hijinks than it was about the treats! It wasn't until the 50's that Halloween took on its kid centered form. Today, Halloween is one of the biggest celebrated Holidays that pulls in around $6 billion in costumes and candy sales.

Now that's the history and some trivia about Halloween. Let's talk about the not talked about side of Halloween from an educated Christian perspective.

In Deuteronomy 18: 10 - 12 it clearly says "There shall not be found among you who anyone who practices divination or sorcery, interprets omens, engages in witchcraft, or casts spells, or who is a medium or spiritist or who consults the dead. Anyone who does these things is detestable to the Lord; because of these same detestable practices the Lord your God will drive out those nations before you."

Why do you think God is saying that? Is it because He doesn't want you to have fun? No no. It's because He knows what's best for you and when you dabble in the dark arts, ouiju boards and things like that. You are basically giving old hairy legs and his minions a way to latch on to you. Read a book called "From Witchcraft to Christ! by Doreen Irvine. This will open your eyes to the reality of the darkness and evil that is celebrated. If we really knew what we was doing, we would abolish this pagan practice completely. But that would be a very hard thing to do since so many businesses make so much money from our naivety. And besides, who wants to deny their kid a chance to have fun dressing up and collecting candy?

The point is, I believe, when we "celebrate" Halloween, when we have "dances" and get-togethers and the like at church halls and places for the night. Old hairy legs is just laughing at those people. Laughing at their complete naivety and stupidity. Laughing at them knowing they don't really know the truth and are only helping his ministry to succeed.

After all, the greatest trick the devil ever pulls is to convince people that he doesn't exist. That it's all just a bit of fun. I don't mean to be all doomy and gloomy. I'm just saying, if you're a believer, you'll know this, it's just something for you to think about. :)

What do you think? Do we take Halloween too lightly and should we truly "celebrate" it?

Agree

JMS

Nothing Wrong With Remembering The Dead.

Let's go back further than the dark ages back to before Christianity when the world was pagan. Let us go back even further than that.......

Halloween was a day where everybody remembered those people who had died. Perhaps they were family members or friends who had died but they were remembered on that day we now call Halloween.

Many practices in today's Christianity and other religions incorporate paganism into their religions. Manipulation of energy is not a bad thing unless you do bad with it.

Prayer is energy manipulation. You are sending out energy and if you pray for something enough you will get it if you believe it. We are all witches in a way because we all think! This is why God judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart. Because thoughts emit energy. Then energy goes out and does what the thought was.

If you send out negative energy then that is what will come back to you. If energy manipulation is done in a good way, like Jesus did then there is nothing wrong with it. What is wrong is when evil is used to create wicked energy.

Posted by JMS on 04-09-2018
Wubwub

why not

I don't believe in the bible so yes I think we should celebrate it. Even Christmas is originally a pagan holiday and even the bible tells us that we shouldn't use decorations and trees as that is how pagans used to celebrate on the exact same day or month way back when. Holidays nowadays don't mean the same and they are merely fun activities we do on certain days so we shouldn't really take it seriously nor should we take away the fun from the people who want to enjoy it as long as they are not hurting others while doing it. Much simpler rule to follow.
Posted by Wubwub on 10-05-2017

Disagree

cmoneyspinner

Define "Celebration"

My comments are directed toward believers, not atheists.

Truly celebrate? Seems the question is “What do you consider a celebration?” Eating a bunch of candy and watching scary movies OR consulting a medium? When Deuteronomy was written, Halloween wasn't even a holiday. When Halloween was invented, not sure the celebrants had Deuteronomy in mind. Regardless of the original intent of the holiday, the celebration and the purpose of the celebration “went south” as they say, and has since been taken off in a completely different direction. Most people these days associate All Hallows' Eve, or All Saints' Eve with lots of candy, horror movies, and maybe a costume party. It's not linked to worship at all. And as for witches or warlocks or mediums? Not only are they are not consulted, they probably don't even get invited to any parties. :)

The point is: a day is just a day. If you can't celebrate something because your conscience won't allow you to, because you associate certain customs, traditions, and practices with that day and you don't think it's kosher, then don't do it. “One man esteems one day above another. Another man esteems every day as the same. Let every man be fully persuaded in his own mind.” Each day you're alive is a blessing of life, a gift from God. Live it joyfully. Once the time is gone you won't get it back. If you want to honor a day or participate in a celebration, that's between you and God. If you DON'T want to honor a day or participate in a celebration, that's between you and God. Don't do things that are against your conscience. It makes you double-minded. “A double-minded is unstable in all of his ways.”

https://howardjbennett...s/who-invented-halloween/

You picked a good topic for discussion. :)

Posted by cmoneyspinner on 10-06-2017
overcast

Disagree

Halloween today is just capitalistic ritual. It is not evil. The evil is always that says others are evil. So by that logic it's not the occult that is evil. And as you can see whether we celebrate it or not. The people who are into this will. And for them the capitalism will continue to work. We not celebrating it may not change the way things are becoming. That's how I have learned about it slowly.
Posted by overcast on 10-05-2017
JaiGuru

Nonsense

  1. Halloween, as we practice it today, has 0 in common with the practices of ancient Celtic religions. If "occult" is going to be your argument against it, I await your diatribe against Christmas as so many of the modern traditions are echoes of ancient Germanic Heathen practices. The tree was erected as a fertility symbol of the god Baldr as a sign of hope that the spring would come soon. The Christmas Ham is an echo of the tradition of slaying a boar, an animal familiar of the goddess Freyja, and feasting on its flesh. Mistletoe was the one object in all of creation that could slay Baldr and thus we kiss under it as a sign of peace and comfort. The yule log, named directly after the Heathen holiday, was a timer of sorts; people would find the biggest log they could because for so long as it burned rambunctious drinking, sex, and revery was to be had as a close to the more sacred elements of the Yule traditions. Even Santa Claus himself probably has his roots as an aspect of Odin which Christianity appropriated through their Saint Nicholaus. So maybe be careful about how you judge these things lest you "pious" yourself out of something that is dear to you, hmm?

  2. It doesn't matter if you dislike the "occult" or not. At least in the west, we have the right to practice any religion we want so long as its ceremonies don't break laws.

  3. It's not about religion. It's about dressing up, having fun scaring each other, and candy. My god why do you people hate fun?

Posted by JaiGuru on 10-05-2017
idealmikey
Haha I realize I may have come across a bit doomy and gloomy here. Of course I'm not against having fun! Fun is the very essence and meaning of life itself! What I am against is a suppression of knowledge and truth. The fact is, when you "celebrate" Halloween and dress up in evil looking costumes, you might think it's a bit of fun but in actuality, it's doing the devils work. If we really knew what we was doing and how it offends God, we would not do it. Simple as that.
Marvadaum

Disagree

I understand that you performed a good research on the subject but from a spiritual point of view, there is nothing wrong with honoring the dead. Just because Satanists and witches do it there no reason to abolish it
Posted by Marvadaum on 10-05-2017
idealmikey
It clearly says in Deuteronomy 18: 10 - 12 "There shall not be found among you who anyone who practices divination or sorcery, interprets omens, engages in witchcraft, or casts spells, or who is a medium or spiritist or who consults the dead. Anyone who does these things is detestable to the Lord.
idealmikey
So don't you dare wear a scary IT mask or dress up like a ghost, a witch, a demon or a pack of cards to doppler effect and celebrate Halloween with the rest of the heathens or God shall surely detest & smite you right!? :D No of course not, He makes it rain and shine on the wicked and the just alike. But all I'm saying is, that if we really knew what we was doing though, from a Godly point of view, we would completely and totally and utterly drop Halloween like a hot brick! I believe that's just what I believe anyway, everyone has their own faith and belief's. You say "nothing wrong with honoring the dead." But God is not a God of the dead. He is a God of the living! I know what you're saying though. It's like the Spanish Día de Muertos. Some people get that mistaken and think they are honoring the dead. But in fact it's more to honor their memory of them while thy was alive and to symbolize that death is only a crossing of the line to another part of life. They know the soul is eternal. They know the supernatural exists. That there is an after life. C.S. Lewis g said it right "You do not have a soul. You are a soul. You have a body." I love that! :D

Comments

Heatman
Personally, I would love to celebrate Halloween once in my lifetime. It's a celebration that we Nigerians failed to copy from the western world, we don't celebrate it all here, in fact most people here doesn't even understand what Halloween is about.

But personally I have come to understand and love Halloween party celebration and crave so much to participate in its celebration once in awhile but since we don't have it or anything like it here, all I have to do is keep on being hopeful that one day I will visit some of the countries that celebrates it and in time to its celebration to be able to participate in it. I 200 percent support Halloween celebration.
Posted by Heatman on 10-05-2017
jaysolano12
I think you should love your own traditions. There's a lot of African traditions that, I really like to do it here, it's so unique, and at the same time inspiring. Most of the tribe people in Africa has a lot of positive impact to every people that is lack today. Even so, your traditions slowly dying, and I think one day you will regret about it. You must love your traditions, as African culture teach a lot of good moral lessons to every person around the world, specially interacting and giving importance towards fellow companion.

My friend, I think you have your own style of Halloween, and I forget where part of Africa is giving importance to the dead people, as commemorating their memories by reciting their contributions when they still alive, also their habits, memories that live in the hearts of their love ones. Even so, the tradition still exist until today, and I really wanted to do it here in my country, it's like making a special program party for them.
Posted by jaysolano12 on 10-05-2017
Denis_P
I don't intend to offend with this comment, but I believe this religious perspective on Halloween is taking things too far and too seriously. For starters, I would be willing to bet that the vast majority of men, women, and children who celebrate Halloween could not care less for its origins or its "meaning." The fact is that people like to get together and party, and Halloween is just another excuse to do that. There is no devil worship, there is no ritual. It's people dressing up in dumb costumes, drinking, eating, and having fun with no other intention in mind. "Old hairy legs is just laughing at those people. Laughing at their complete naivety and stupidity. Laughing at them knowing they don't really know the truth and are only helping his ministry to succeed."

What a condescending, insulting remark.
Posted by Denis_P on 10-05-2017
JaiGuru
Couldn't agree more. It falls under the "Christian outrage porn" category for me. Whipping people into a froth of self-righteous anger has always been one of that religion's less savory practices. I apologize if that offends anyone, and obviously, this does not apply to all Christians. Most of them are decent folk who practice their faith with respect for the beliefs of others and are welcome in my home any day of the week with open arms. I do live in a town where that virulent form of religion is practiced, however, so I'm a bit touchy about it as a Heathen.
Posted by JaiGuru on 10-05-2017
idealmikey
Yes, it's a bitter pill to swallow I know. Yes it might sound like a condescending, insulting remark but it's true. I know that the supernatural exists, with or without the bible and the 4 testament gospels. I know that old hairy legs really does walk around like a lion seeking someone to consume. I know he loves it when we deny the truth and call evil things good. His biggest goal is to blind people from the truth. And Halloween is one way he can convince people that evil is just a "bit of fun". There's nothing fun about evil my friend. Evil's only goal is to steal, kill and destroy. That might sound more doomy and gloomy than it needs to be. Truth be told, we've already won, we already have victory over the enemy. We are more than conquerors through Christ's work. Yet there is much work to do and people will go on "celebrating" Halloween like it's just a "bit of fun". But it's not the kind of fun God wants you to have. It's hardly Godly is it come on!
Posted by idealmikey on 10-05-2017
lovely
In as much we don't celebrate Halloween in my country, I think I see nothing wrong with celebrating it.I have participated in Halloween for some time now and I see nothing wrong with it .It only that we humans like to attach superstitions to a lot of events and celebrations.But for me, all celebration is a form of relaxation for me and that's it.Every other thing is mere talks to me.
Posted by lovely on 10-05-2017
overcast
People need to understand that world is not about Christianity alone. There are other faith which has nothing to do with the Christianity. God is not exclusive to Christians. And if we can have that tolerance then surely we can have lot better tolerance on other celebrations. And we are not breeding hate this way. So we have to understand that such capitalistic rituals are there for making things more neutral and not serious.
Posted by overcast on 10-05-2017
jaysolano12
In my country Philippines, we don't usually celebrate such things, because in our beliefs here is considered satanism. Maybe, in old folk it is misinterpreted, but in other culture it is simply a celebration of their culture. There is so many misinterpretations among cultures around the world. Even so, we should practice according to our tradition, and there is nothing wrong on tradition unless it involves lives of the people like occult people would do.

It is always up to the people of such place whether what kind of culture they would celebrate. Here in Philippines, It's disrespectful to celebrate when ever someone remembers of a died family member, or love ones. First time I misjudge about it, but in my country it is not good to do it, as many people would not like it at all. Supposedly, it is greatly opposite the culture of the west and Asian traditions.
Posted by jaysolano12 on 10-05-2017
Pixie
Halloween is not as popular in my country as it is in other countries. The world has evolved and I think we must adapt accordingly. I see nothing wrong in the way Halloween is celebrated nowadays. This festival allows us to meetup with others and have fun. Moreover there is nothing wrong in spending for Halloween. If I can bring some smiles to those kids faces then it's okay for me. Halloween is a way of breaking out of everyday boredom and monotony.
Posted by Pixie on 10-05-2017
AlexHarris
Unlike Christmas, I like what Halloween has turned into. Of the cliche commercialized holidays, Halloween actually took a turn for the better. Whoever turned Halloween into something enjoyable for kids and not demonic in any way deserves an award. Halloween has become something that you can celebrate with family and friends and gives you a reason to party and get a sense of community instead of grieving or looking back at the past.
Posted by AlexHarris on 10-05-2017
tophew
i think this is 50/50 topic my cousins celebrate Halloween in there house just for fun nothing ritual so i think it is okay for us to do it. but the bad thing only is that if we engage into rituals sorcery that would be not good God prohibited that kind of act. and we should not say some demonic worlds so that satan would not get in to the halloween event like posessing people badly.
Posted by tophew on 10-05-2017
cubo
I didn't know about the real origin of Halloween and thanks for your contribution about this festivity.
Posted by cubo on 10-05-2017
cubo
I didn't know about the real origin of Halloween and I appreciate your contribution of this festivity. In my country, we don't celebrate Halloween, people decorate their stores only because it attracts clients and it's good for the business. People here don't wear costume or don't let their kids wear costumes.
Posted by cubo on 10-05-2017
vinaya
I was brought up in Hindu culture. Therefore, I did not know about halloween until I began taking interest in other cultures when I was in college. We celebrate festivals that are somewhat similar to halloween, however, we don't celebrate halloween. I think there is no harm in celebrating festivals lile halloween. festivals are our identities, festivals define who we are. Celebrating festivals is also a way to show respect to out forefathers.
Posted by vinaya on 10-05-2017
Barida
I just don't understand the reason someone will wake up and start tagging a simple celebration demonic and satanic. I mean I see nothing wrong with people celebrating the Halloween period and that is the idea I still hold no matter what anyone says about it. It is just a celebration and nothing demonic attached to it.
Posted by Barida on 10-06-2017
Dkaraly
We don't really celebrate Halloween in my country but I don't see the problem with people that do celebrate it. It's not a religious holiday, it may has had religious and pagan roots, but it hasn't been about rituals and things like that for a very long time. Christmas was a pagan festival (Saturnalia) in the beginning and the tradition of burying our dead 6 feet under and putting marble or other stones on top comes from the old superstition that the dead can rise again and we shouldn't allow them to escape their graves. A lot of festivals, celebrations and such come from traditions that have little to do with the christian religion but were adapted to fit into it. Also, celebrating the dead is not new, many cultures around the world do it and have done so for thousands of years. Remember christian religion is not the only religion and the bible was written and edited by people too long ago, some of its passages don't reflect our current society reality anymore.
Posted by Dkaraly on 10-07-2017
ColdFlameChris
Celebrating Halloween is for honoring the dead, not evil, so there's nothing wrong if we celebrate it or not. Besides, it's already been a tradition of the kids to go door-to-door to do trick or treat and ask candies. I don't mind celebrating it. During Halloween, the kids do trick or treat and then we go to a cemetery and just continue the celebration. We often camp there and we have lots of food and things to do and we even play games. That's how we celebrate Halloween.
Posted by ColdFlameChris on 11-01-2017
babyright
Celebrating halloween is not bad but it should not be over celebrated so as to avoid wasting too much of money on it, i believe people that celebrate it just want to relax and have fun for sometime to reduce hypertension.
Posted by babyright on 04-09-2018
babyright
Celebrating halloween is not bad but it should not be over celebrated so as to avoid wasting too much of money on it, i believe people that celebrate it just want to relax and have fun for sometime to reduce hypertension.
Posted by babyright on 04-09-2018
Corzhens
We do not have Halloween here but we have a counterpart on November 1 which is All Saints Day when there is an air of horror. But it is mild compared to Halloween. However, I have noticed lately that trick-or-treating is being observed in upscale villages. They also have the scary decorations on their front yard. Maybe that had started some 10 years ago and now they are like catching fire. I am predicting that in 5 to 10 years, our country will be officially observing Halloween.
Posted by Corzhens on 04-09-2018