Halloween’s Origin

Halloween’s Origin

Halloween, as we now know it, originated in Europe on the eve of “All Saints Day,” when witches and ghosts were free to roam. So we Americans continued that fall festival of corn shucks and pumpkin faces, cider, donuts, and “trick or treating.” The truth is, it was brought over from the Satanic Druid culture of the Celts.

Halloween-The Devil’s Birthday

We tend to over look the reality of Satan worship, for it is becoming more and more open and accepted. There are real witches, real spells, and real rituals. As we buy cards about witches and other Halloween symbols, are we unconsciously approving of such worship? Personally, I believe that we are partaking in that which is evil.

It’s on Halloween or “All Hallows Eve,” as it’s called, that the witch covens have their great annual worship service and offer a blood sacrifice to Satan. All through the year the Satanists sacrifice cats, dogs, and other animals; but on this special day they offer a human being-one of their own children which they select for this ghoulish murder! This is shocking! It’s the Devil’s birthday. Instead of “Halloween,” perhaps it should be called “Hell-o-ween.”

Celtic-Druid Influence on Halloween

The ancient Celtic empire extended to France, England, and Ireland. The druids were Celtic priests. The Celts and their Druid priests chose October 31st for their New Year’s Eve, and “intended it as a celebration of everything wicked, evil, and dead. During their celebration they would gather around a community BONFIRE and offer as sacrifice their animals, their crops and sometimes themselves.. The celebration remained much the same after the Romans conquered the Celts (43 A.D.)” (World Book)

Did you know that the Druid priests held sacred the hours of midnight and noon? The Gaulish (French) word, druides, might be derived from the word dru-vides meaning “those who know the oak.” The oak tree and the mistletoe were consider to be sacred, also. The Druids forecasted events both by interpreting the flight of birds and by examining the markings on the entrails, the liver, and other inner organs of sacrificed animals.

The folklore of early Ireland depicts Druids as a priesthood, offering human sacrifice. One of the chief Druid doctrines which is prevalent today, according to the Encyclopedia Americana, was their decision “To inspire a belief that men’s souls do not perish but transmigrate after death from one individual to another.”

This is a very serious Satanic practice. Many people today believe in the transmigration of souls. We hear them interviewed on radio and television shows. They believe they existed in a former life.

The Druids were Satanic to the core in their worship and pagan practices. Halloween is a Druid holiday that we in America have received from Satanic paganism. It was “baptized,” so to speak, and accepted by the Roman Catholic church in the early A.D. 700’s. Its name was changed into “All Hallows Day” which means “All Saints Day.” That’s November 1st. And “Hallow’s Eve,” the evening before the “Hallows Day,” is October 31st or “Hallowe’en,” “Hallow evening,” or Halloween.

Halloween Bonfires

Have you ever wondered abut the “bonfire”? Strictly speaking, the bonfire is of pagan origin. We may call them “camp fires” today. But the bonfire was used in conjunction with worship by the Druids under the oak trees. The oaks were a very sacred symbol to the Druid priests and the bonfires were an important part in their worship of the oaks and mistletoe.

Halloween and Samhain, Lord of Death

One of the evil practices of the Druid priests relating to Halloween concerns a festival known as Samhain. According to the World Book Encyclopedia: “The Druids had an autumn festival called Samhain or summer’s end. It was an occasion for feasting on all the kinds of food which had been grown during the summer. The custom of using leaves, pumpkins, and cornstalks as Halloween decorations comes from the Druids. The early peoples of Europe also had a festival similar to the Druid holiday.”

The Druid priests believed that on Halloween “Samhain, lord of death, called together the wicked spirits (souls) that within the last 12 months had been condemned, and allowed them to inhabit the bodies of animals.”

Paganism and Trick or Treating

Here’s what Mildred Arthur in her book, Holidays of Legend had to say about the origin of “trick or treat”: This quotation is in the article, “Should A Christian Celebrate Hallowe’en?” This custom is an ancient pagan tradition that continues today. The food was believed to placate the evil spirits that were thought to come out to haunt people on Halloween. If these evil spirits were given food, the people believed that the spirits wouldn’t scare people as much as they would otherwise.

Halloween and Jack-o-Lanterns

Though the faces of the Jack-o-Lanterns might be pleasant to look at, they, too, have a background of superstition connected with them. The World Book Encyclopedia gives some information to us about the history of the Jack-o-Lantern. It was taken from “a man named Jack, who could not enter heaven or hell. As a result, he was doomed to wander in darkness with his lantern until Judgment Day.”

This is certainly false theology. If we’re trusting the Lord Jesus as our Saviour who died for us, who shed His blood to forgive our sins, we are saved and we’re safe. We don’t have to wander or wonder, either one, until Judgment Day. The Bible says: (Romans 8:1) “{There is} therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus…”

The Jack-o-Lantern is an ancient symbol of a damned soul. Yet people began “hallowing’ him like many other things in the Halloween season.

Halloween and the Devil’s Colors

The Good Housekeeping Book of Entertainment, on page 168 says: “Orange, black, and red, the Devil’s colors, are the colors associated with Halloween.” This book also says that “this scheme should be carried out as far as possible.” It is interesting that the Good Housekeeping Book of Entertainment which has as its main purpose to tell people how best to decorate their houses for Halloween, makes a theological comment to the effect that “orange, black, and red” are the “the Devil’s colors.”

Some Bible Verses to Consider with Halloween

Ephesians 5:11 “Have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather reprove them.”

I Thessalonians 5:22 “Abstain from all appearance of evil.”

Deuteronomy 18:9-12 (18:9) “when thou are come into the land which the Lord thy God giveth thee, thou shalt not learn to do after the abominations of those nations. (18:1O) There shall not be found among you {any one} that maketh his son or his daughter to pass through the fire, {or} that useth divination, {or} an observer of times, or an enchanter, or a witch. (18:11) Or a charmer, or a consulter with familiar spirits, or a wizard, or a necromancer. (18:12) For all that do these things {are} an abomination unto the Lord: and because of these abominations the Lord thy God doth drive them out from before thee.”

The Scriptural injunction in Deuteronomy 18 strictly forbade the people of Israel from having anything to do with the Satanic practices of the Canaanite neighbors. This is Scriptural principal to follow.

Leviticus 19:31 “Regard not them that have familiar spirits, neither seek after wizards, to be defiled by them: I {am} the Lord your God.”

Acts 19:18,19 (19:18) “And many that believed came, and confessed, and shewed their deeds. (19:19) Many of them also which used curious arts brought their books together, and burned them before all {men}: and they counted the price of them, and found {it} fifty thousand {pieces} of silver.”

Conclusion

It is my conviction that true Bible loving Christians should not be a part of the evils and wickedness of Satanic things. We must realize that Halloween is the Devil’s birthday. On that day, Halloween, October 31st, the witches and Satan worshippers make a human sacrifice by slaying a child. We seek to enlighten people about the Satanic origins and practices of Halloween. That’s what we are endeavoring to do in this little tract.

(A Satanic Druid Holiday)

By Dr. D.A. Waite

Gleamed by permission, from the September, 1998 Issue of the

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