Every year at the end of October we
are treated to the sight of excited
children masquerading as witches,
pirates, devils, ghosts, vampires, and
other symbols of evil. From door to
door they go yelling "Trick or treat"
collecting candies and tidbits.
A DARK HOLIDAY
But is it all fun and games? In this pamphlet we will look at both the
history of Halloween and at where it has lead many children and is
still leading them today.
The History of Halloween
Halloween is a "religious day" but is certainly not a Christian day.
This day has its origins in the full moon closest to November 1, the
new year of real witches and warlocks. They believe that it is a tine
when the "Spirits" (demons) are at their peak power.
The origin of Halloween is the Celtic Festival of Sambain, the lord of
death and evil Spirits (Encyclopaedia Britannica, 1988, volume 5, p.
646). Long before Jesus Christ ever walked the streets of Jerusalem,
Druids in Britain, Ireland, Scotland, France, and Germany observed
the end of summer by making sacrifices to Sambain. The Celts con-
sidered November 1st as being the day of death because the leaves
were falling, it was getting darker sooner and temperatures were
dropping. They believed Muck Olla, their sun god was losing strength
and Sambain, the lord of death, was overpowering him. Further they
believed that on October 31st Sambain assembled the spirits of all
who had died during the previous year. They believed that these
spirits had been confined to inhabit animal's bodies for the past year
as punishment for their evil deeds. They were allowed to return to
their former home to visit the living on the eve (Oct. 31) of the feast
of Sambain. Druid priests led the people to diabolical worship
ceremonies in which horses, cats, black sheep, oxen, human beings
and other offerings were rounded up, stuffed into wicker cages and
burned to death. This was done to appease Sambain and keep spirits
from harming them. HALLOWEEN HAS ALWAYS BEEN
A CELEBRATION OF DEATH.
This is the origin of bonfires. The word bonfire actually
comes from "bone fire" which was all that was left after the sacrificial
ceremonies were ended. Remember that next time you decide to have a
bonfire at a social gathering.
To obtain offerings for these bonfires, Druid priests would circulate from
home to home asking for animals and humans. Those who gave were
promised prosperity in the coming year and those who did not were
cursed and threatened.
It was believed that all of the wandering spirits would get hungry. So
you could appease them by setting out a treat, and thus avoid the
pranks they would otherwise play on you. Thus we see the
origin of TRICK OR TREAT.
Believing that evil spirits hate the light, it became a practice to carry a
lantern made from a turnip lit with coals from the bonfire. As the people went home
from the ceremony, they used these lanterns to ward of evil spirits and to
mark those houses which were in sympathy with Druidic practices.
Over the centuries this custom came to America, and the turnip was exchanged for
the more popular pumpkin. This has become today's Jack-O-lantern.
When you give out candy to the TRICK-OR-TREAT
mob you are participating in Druidic practices. In
actuality you are stooping to idolatry. In setting a
carved pumpkin with a light in it you are participating in the faith of witches.
Dracula, a common figure in Halloween today, does not appear to be
from the Druidic tradition. The legend of Dracula today springs from
the novel of that title created by B. Stoker. Stoker took some
Romanian superstitions and mixed them thoroughly with
pseudo-Christian errors to produce the modern Dracula. But there
was a real Dracula on whom the superstitions originated, an incredibly
bloody and cruel Romanian who called himself "Vlad
Dracul" (Vlad the Dragon in English). His claims to infamy are based
on the tens of thousands of people he impaled on large stakes and
left hanging in agony for hours before they died, and the hundreds he
locked in a building and then burned the building down around. Here
again the reality behind the symbol is anything but Christian. (For
documentation of the real Dracula, see virtually any historical book
on the subject in your local library.)
As for costumes, they have their origin in Druidism also. The very
people who went on the Druidic Halloween were those who were
burning animals and humans to death. But these people themselves,
believing their own Satanic faith, feared the spirits they thought to be
so powerful on this night. So they dressed up as if they themselves
were spirits to avoid being "tricked" by their look-alikes. Their
costumes also served to disguise their real identity and throw fear
into the inhabitants of the homes they visited. So dressing your
children up in Halloween costumes is participating in
a Satanic festival.
In fact, Halloween is the first introduction for most children into the
occult and is a major force in the spreading of satanic ritual murder
in America today.
Our forefathers recognized the harm of Halloween, associating it
with the occult. The Pilgrims banned celebrating Halloween in
America. This ban lasted until 1845 when thousands of Irish
emigrants flooded into New York because of the Irish Potato Famine
of 1845-1846. They brought Halloween with them and it gradually
spread throughout the country.
THE BIBLE VERSUS HALLOWEEN
Let's let the Bible speak for itself on this demonic festival of
I Corinthians 10:20-21: "But I say that the things which the Gentiles
sacrifice, they sacrifice to devils, and not to God: and I would not
that ye should have fellowship with devils. Ye cannot drink the
cup of the Lord, and the cup of devils: ye cannot be
partakers of the Lord's table, and of the table of
The identity of the god of the real Dracula, the man who called
himself a dragon, is given in Revelation 12:7,9. "And there was war in
heaven: Michael and his angels fought against the dragon; and the
dragon fought and his angels....And the great dragon was cast out,
that old serpent, called the Devil, and Satan, which deceiveth the
whole world: he was cast out into the earth, and his angels were cast
out with him."
The Bible speaks very clearly that the evil spirits that are in the world
are not the spirits of departed souls, for the dead are in their graves,
Psalms 146:4: "His breath goeth forth, he returneth to the earth, in
that very day his thoughts perish."
Isaiah 26:14: "They are dead, they shall not Iive; they are deceased,
they shall not rise: therefore hast thou visited and destroyed them,
and made all their memory to perish."
John 5:28-29: "Marvel not at this: for the hour is coming, in the which
all that are in the graves shall hear his voice, And shall come forth,
they that have done good, unto the resurrection of life; and they that
have done evil, unto the resurrection of damnation." (If the dead
could be alive somewhere they would not need to be resurrected at
Psalms 6:5: "For in death there is no remembrance of thee: in the
grave who shall give thee thanks?"
Isaiah 38:18-19: "For the grave cannot praise thee, death can not
celebrate thee: they that go down into the pit cannot hope for thy
truth. The living, the living, he shall praise thee, as I do this day: the
father to the children shall make known thy truth."
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