The topic of halloween or all hallow's eve is a controversial one.
Honestly, you have to think about the historical and cultural context of this "supposed" holiday. I do not consider it a holiday, I think of it as a "want to be holiday" sort of like St. Patrick's Day, it holds meaning but not directly. Compare and contrast these to Easter and Christmas, those are holidays that refer to the birth and resurrection of Christ that mean everything to a Christian. I look at Halloween from a kid's view being it as a free candy craze and an opportunity to put on a costume and show off. Both are harmless and can be used to express gratitude to the glory of God. It is when we dress up in demonic costumes and visit haunted houses and listen to fortune tellers and psychics, that is not of God. Stay away from that! Remember that Jesus's yoke is easy and his burden is Light not darkness. Keep the Lord in mind and enjoy life through him not through the sinful world!
For me, I really enjoy horror films. I find them exciting to watch, so Halloween, to me, is like a real life horror film. I enjoy seeing costumes and dressing up as my favorite character, appropriately of course. I don't get involved with witchcraft or Ouija boards. I know the Bible says to stay away from psychics (Deut. 18:10-13). As a kid, I used to be afraid of Halloween because of all the costumes, but as I got older, it became something fun and I didn't take it as serious or get too heavily involved in its traditions. Growing up, I attended alternative Halloween events at my church, so I never trick or treated or went to college parties. I don't like to go to Halloween parties, because it's uncomfortable and I find them inappropriate. That's not a place where I'd want to be. I agree that Halloween is not a "real" holiday. Mostly, it's just an excuse for people to get drunk and dress inappropriately and do un-Godly things. I enjoy going to corn mazes and fake haunted houses with costume characters, but that's it. I don't think Halloween is necessarily bad or evil. It has changed a lot since it first began. It's a whole new thing these days. It just all depends how people partake in it. If God is in our hearts, then we know what is right and what is wrong. I know God made everything on this earth for us to enjoy, but we have to be responsible and show others that we are of God's people, especially on Halloween. Also, I just love free candy.
My family has generally shunned Halloween because of its focus on things that are not godly. Earlier in my childhood, we always made it a point to be at a harvest festival and turn off the lights during trick-or-treating hours, but when we moved to Nebraska, my mom thought it might be a good opportunity to witness, so we would stay home and pass out candy and tracts.
Personally, I don't favor it, and have never successfully made it into a haunted house, but I also agree with Eric. It can be a really cool thing if your heart is in the right place and you keep yourself from being polluted by the world.
In origins its completely paganistic worship of course. I think of it now though as our custom now are more Catholic influence then ever. If you read the word halloween is all Hallows Eve, and then the next day is all Saints day. In some parts of the world, Christians visit their graveyard and visit their loved one. There is a popular Irish Christian folktale associated with the jack-o'-lantern, which in lore, is said to represent a "soul who has been denied entry into both heaven and hell": Halloween is a representation to celebrate the dead, not to scare the pants off people.
Alot of the stuff on Halloween you see, were originally ment to scare away spirits.
I feel that you should all read up on wikipedia to understand our Christian origins on Halloween too. Our Americanize Holidays are a mix breed of cultures.
I know that people see the fun side on this day, but there is a very dark side to it. Watch this video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qkfY78n8KhI
I know a lot of churches want to turn it around and make it a "Godly thing", if so then pick another day. We are not suppose to blend into the world but shine for it. So I see that if you dress up and play the part, how are you any different?
So far every source you have given me is just a darker side of halloween. Extremist point of view of how halloween is supposed to be celebrated. The guy just happen to grew up with a certain sect of satanism that shouldn't be celebrated.
For one thing, most satanist are atheist actually.Its actually under LaVeyan Satanism, They don't believe in Satan himself.Just as there are many sects of Christians, there are many sects of Satanism himself. Satan is more of an idea then a realistic guy. Though its really dumb why they had to go with the title of Satanist.
And realizing we are arguing about the origins of halloween and how they are paganistic. If we are going that route then all holidays have some origins to be paganistic. Because think about the first major church known, Roman catholic, and among them the first christians were pagans. They need to ease in the pagans into the Christian faith. Easter was not about Christ ressurection. Easter was more about celebrating the spring. Every holiday contains some crazy philosophy or religion that will celebrate in a horrible way.
Although, mostly we celebrate on november 1st hence the 31st of all hallows eve, and then the first is all saints day.
See also origins on Christmas too:
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