Greetings once again and Happy Halloween!
Today I decided to do a post on Halloween and about Halloween of course. It isn’t just because I have nothing else to talk about, it’s because I wanted to specifically talk about its origin and its history and just break it down for what it really is. Around this time and this holiday it is ALL ABOUT FUN for me. I love dressing up, I love doing makeup and just for a day being a character that I love. I have always been a horror movie fanatic and Halloween is just the perfect holiday for me to enjoy myself and try out new makeup ideas and scare the hell out of unsuspecting kids. It’s a guilty pleasure. Sue me. But I wanted to talk about it mostly because of those also on the other side of the spectrum. Those who oppose Halloween and feel like it’s what you call a “devil’s holiday” or “pagan” holiday…whatever they want to call it. And it is true that Halloween is considered the day of the dead and all of these people go out and buy candy and costumes, giving money to major retailers just for this day. I know that everyone is entitled to their own opinion and beliefs. I want people to at least know some of the facts, because some times it seems that those who don’t celebrate it also tend to make others feel as if they should feel bad about all of the festivities. A bit judgmental is the word I would call it. But hey, lets get to the history part of it first!
So Halloween was originally started in Old Age European traditions. It began with the ancient Celtic festival of Samhain. People throughout the town believed if they dressed in costumes and lit bonfires that it would keep the ghosts at bay. November 1 was the day chosen to honor all saints by Pope Gregory III, which made the day before known as All Hallows Eve. It would later be called Halloween. As time moved on, the traditions of Halloween grew more elaborate by incorporating trick-or-treating, pumpkin carving, hay rides, and costumes. More than anything it’s just traditional for marking the ending of the summer and beginning of the fall. The days are beginning to get shorter and nights will be colder, this is signified with sweet treats and fall festivities.
In the beginning Halloween was limited and looked down upon due to very strict Protestant beliefs that were incorporated in New England. It became more common in Maryland and the southern colonies first. Soon enough, as these beliefs began to blend, America’s version of Halloween was created. It was kept to a minimal with “play parties”, which were public events that celebrated the harvest and people would tell stories of the dead, dance and sing, and read one another’s fortunes. By the 19th century, these festivities became common but still not fully celebrated around America.
In the past, trick-or-treating began in America when they adopted the traditions from Irish and English and would dress in costumes; going door to door asking for money and food. Halloween originally began in the 1800’s to bring communities together for fun and fellowship and a neighborly get together. Parties were thrown for the adults and the children and focused on games, seasonal foods, and costumes.
Mostly it helped others feel closer to their deceased loved ones. In the past, people would set their places at the table and leave treats for them on doorsteps or the side of the road with lit candles in hopes that it would lead them to the spirit world. Halloween is also full of superstitions that are said to bring bad luck. The black cat is a significant symbol around Halloween and carries the myth that if it crosses your past you will have bad luck. This stems from the belief that witches would conceal themselves by turning into a black cat. There is also walking under a ladder, breaking a mirror, and even splitting a pole. Although none of these have been proven, it still adds to the fun and the mystery of Halloween and its festivities.
Many will automatically say that the Bible a lot to say about Halloween and not celebrating it. It does not specifically speak on Halloween but speaks of not celebrating demonic activities or spirits of the dead.
The Bible warns: “There must never be anyone among you who . . . consults ghosts or spirits, or calls up the dead.” (Deuteronomy 18:10-12, The Jerusalem Bible) While some view Halloween as harmless fun, the Bible indicates that the practices associated with it are not. At 1 Corinthians 10:20, 21, the Bible says: “I do not want you to be participants with demons. You cannot drink the cup of the Lord and the cup of demons too.”—New International Version.
Everyone knows that there is plenty said in the Bible regarding activities we should not partake in or participating in anything that is not “of God”. Plenty of people has read it and everyone believes in different things. I do not feel it is right to push those beliefs on others or make others feel they are in the wrong for wanting to participate in the festivities of Halloween. Some do it for their kids to have a good time and others grew up celebrating the tradition with their families and loved ones. Either way, this day is for people to live it JUST the way they would like to, excluding judgment from people who can’t even say they don’t partake in something sinful numerous times per day.
However you celebrate today, do it because it is what you like to do and what you believe it, whether it’s fun or has to do with something totally different. But let others do their own thing in their own way! It’s called worrying about yourself! If you’re going to be offended by those who partake in today’s festivities or feel you need to give them a speech or life lesson about Halloween, simply unfriend them or take them as they are until Halloween is over. Most of all just DO YOU.
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