-What Are the Pagan Roots of Halloween?

Share                 (Excerpt from The Facts on Halloween by Harvest House Publishers)

Are the specific customs of Halloween related to pagan beliefs? Since Halloween itself originated in paganism, it is not surprising that its customs are related to pagan belief.

                                            -According to the Encyclopedia Britannica-

In ancient Britain and Ireland, the Celtic Festival of Samhain was observed on October 31, at the end of summer…. The souls of the dead were supposed to revisit their homes on this day and the autumnal festival acquired sinister significance, with ghosts, witches, goblins, black cats, fairies and demons of all kinds said to be roaming about. It was the time to placate the supernatural powers controlling the processes of nature. In addition, Halloween was thought to be the most favorable time for divinations concerning marriage, luck, health, and death. It was the only day on which the help of the devil was invoked for such purposes.

Halloween symbols, customs, and practices undoubtedly have had a variety of influences upon Western culture throughout history. However, in early American history, Halloween was not celebrated due to America’s strong Christian heritage. It was not widely observed until the twentieth century. Initially, it was practiced only in small Irish Catholic settlements, until thousands of Irish migrated to America during the great potato famine and brought their customs with them. To some degree, our modern Halloween is an Irish holiday with early origins in the Celtic winter festival. Interestingly, in American culture, the rise in popularity of Halloween also coincides roughly with the national rise in spiritism that began in 1848.

                                                                            -Irish Holiday-

Ireland is the only place in the world where Halloween is actually a national holiday (celebrated with fireworks); children are even released from school for the week. Among the modern customs and practices of Halloween, we can note numerous probable or possible influences, some of which follow.

                                                      -Where did the jack-o’-lantern originate?

The carved pumpkin may have originated with the witches’ use of a collection of skulls with a candle in each to light the way to coven meetings. But among the Irish, who, as noted, prompted the popularization of Halloween in America, the legend of “Irish Jack” explains the jack-o’-lantern. According to the legend, a stingy drunk named Jack tricked the devil into climbing an apple tree for an apple, but then cut the sign of a cross into the trunk of the tree to prevent the devil from coming down. Jack then forced the devil to swear he would never come after Jack’s soul. The devil reluctantly agreed.

Jack eventually died, but he was turned away at the gates of heaven because of his drunkenness and life of selfishness. He was sent to the devil, who also rejected him, keeping his promise. Since Jack had no place to go, he was condemned to wander the earth. As he was leaving hell (he happened to be eating a turnip), the devil threw a live coal at him. He put the coal inside the turnip and has since forever been roaming the earth with his “jack-o’-lantern” in search of a place to rest. Eventually, pumpkins replaced turnips since it was much easier to symbolize the devil’s coal inside a pumpkin.

                                             -How did the tradition of trick-or-treating begin?

There are several ancient practices that point to this tradition. One possibility is from the notion that ancient witches had to steal the materials needed for their festivals. The Druids may have believed that witches held this day to be special, something clearly true for modern witches.

The idea of trick-or-treating is further related to the ghosts of the dead in pagan, and even Catholic, history. For example, among the ancient Druids, “The ghosts that were thought to throng about the houses of the living were greeted with a banquet-laden table. At the end of the feast, masked and costumed villagers representing the souls of the dead paraded to the outskirts of town leading the ghosts away.”

As already noted, Halloween was thought to be a night when mischievous and evil spirits roamed freely. As in modern poltergeist lore, mischievous spirits could play tricks on the living—so it was advantageous to “hide” from them by wearing costumes. Masks and costumes were worn to either scare away the ghosts or to keep from being recognized by them:

In Ireland especially, people thought that ghosts and spirits roamed after dark on Halloween. They lit candles or lanterns to keep the spirits away, and if they had to go outside, they wore costumes and masks to frighten the spirits or to keep from being recognized by these unearthly beings.

                                               -Where did Halloween costumes originate?

Besides the reasons given above, Halloween masks and costumes were used to hide one’s attendance at pagan festivals or—as in traditional shamanism (mediated by a witch doctor or pagan priest) and other forms of animism—to change the personality of the wearer to allow for communication with the spirit world. Here, costumes could be worn to ward off evil spirits. On the other hand, the costume wearer might use a mask to try to attract and absorb the power of the animal represented by the mask and costume worn. According to this scenario, Halloween costumes may have originated with the Celtic Druid ceremonial participants, who wore animal heads and skins to acquire the strength of a particular animal.

An additional layer of tradition explaining the origin of Halloween costumes comes from the medieval Catholic practice of displaying the relics of saints on All Saints’ Day: “The poorer churches could not afford relics and so instituted a procession with parishioners dressed as the patron saints; the extras dressed as angels or devils and everyone paraded around the churchyard.”

Going from door to door seeking treats may result from the Druidic practice of begging material for the great bonfires. As we will see later, it is also related to the Catholic concept of purgatory and the custom of begging for a “soul cake.”

As for the “trick” custom of Halloween, this is related to the idea that ghosts and witches created mischief on this particular night. For example, if the living did not provide food, or “treats,” for the spirits, then the spirits would “trick” the living. People feared terrible things might happen to them if they did not honor the spirits. The Druids also believed that failure to worship their gods would bring dire consequences. If the gods were not treated properly in ritual, they would seek vengeance. This was therefore a day of fear. Further, some people soon realized that a mischievous sense of humor, or even malevolence, could be camouflaged—that they could perform practical jokes on or do harm to others and blame it on the ghosts or witches roaming about.

                                        -What’s the significance of fruits and nuts at Halloween?

Halloween traditions often involve fruit centerpieces, apples, and nuts. Three of the sacred fruits of the Celts were acorns, apples, and nuts, especially the hazelnut, considered a god, and the acorn, sacred from its association to the oak. Fruits and nuts also seem to be related to the Roman harvest feast of Pomona, apparently the goddess of fruit. For example, in ancient Rome, cider was drawn and the Romans bobbed for apples, which was part of a divination that supposedly helped a person discover their future marriage partner.

                                              -How did we get the tradition of telling ghost stories?

It became a natural expression of Halloween to tell ghost stories when dead souls were believed to be everywhere, and good, mischievous, and evil spirits roamed freely. These stories further originated as a personal expression of these beliefs.

Excerpt above from: The Facts on Halloween by Harvest House Publishers, 2008. Used by permission. (end quote)

                                                                            -You be your own judge-

One recently alert and converted woman to the actual truth of God, asks some serious questions about a follower of God and Jesus Christ, celebrating the Pagan celebration of Halloween. I hope this may open some minds and hearts of those so-called-Christians, whom every year, jump right in knee deep, teaching their own little kids that it is just fine to celebrate a paganist time and season, even if in reality, it is doing so against the will and way of Jesus Christ and the Father God of all that exists. Please read carefully with truth being your ultimate goal of finding and realizing.

-Someone cared enough to post this-

God is a God of life, but Halloween focuses on death. Should I celebrate a holiday where people decorate their front yards with tombstones?

The Scriptures tell us to put away deeds of darkness (Rom.13:12) and that light has nothing in common with darkness (2 Cor. 6:14). Is celebrating a dark holiday something a child of the light should be doing?

I had been delivered from fear and panic attacks and knew that fear comes from the enemy. Should I participate in a holiday that has fear as its very foundation?

Witchcraft is clearly detestable to the Lord (Deut 18:10-13). Shouldn't something that glorifies witchcraft (just take a walk through the Halloween store) be detestable to me as well?"

Halloween is a sacred, high holiday for Wiccans (the official religion of witchcraft). Is this a holiday Christians should celebrate alongside Wiccans?

Is it cute when we dress our kids like the devil (or witches, ghouls, scary characters, etc.)? Isn't it, well, demonic?

What if my child dresses in a wholesome fireman costume? Romans 16:19 says that we need to be wise to what is good and innocent of evil. If I let him participate in Halloween, even while dressed as a fireman, aren't I sending him a mixed message by allowing him to participate in a celebration of evil?

The Lord said in 2 Cor. 6:17, "Come out from them and be separate ... Touch no unclean thing ..." Doesn't God want His children to be set apart from the world and from sin and evil? Aren't we supposed to be peculiar people?

My extended family thinks it's ridiculous that we not allow our son to dress up for Halloween. Should their opinions matter to me more than God's? Shouldn't pleasing God be my utmost concern?

If there is even a question in my heart and mind that it might be wrong, shouldn't that be my first clue? Why would I continue to do so with even a lingering thought that it is wrong?

Does Halloween bring glory to God? No! It glorifies the devil! “enough said”. So, stop justifying why it is fine to celebrate this demonic, worldly, evil holiday. There are no muddled lines or gray areas about it. A committed follower of Jesus Christ should not celebrate Halloween. (end quote)

William F. Dankenbring, has this to say: What is the truth about “Halloween”?  Is it really so innocent and full of fun?  Why does the whole western world celebrate this day – second only to Christmas in popularity? Take a good look at the present-day celebration of Halloween. The whole theme one of darkness, death, fear, threats, destruction and evil. There are witches, broomsticks, bats, owls, ghosts, skeletons, death, and monsters.

People dress up their children as demons and witches and ghouls and monsters and werewolves and send them out into the street in the darkness to “trick or treat.”  But where did this custom come from? At Halloween there are parties where people masquerade, dress up as bizarre monsters, freaks, or weird figures.  There is apple bobbing, divination, fortune telling, haunted houses, candles lit and spirits called up. There will be seances and ouija boards in the name of “fun” and excitement. And, on the part of some, there will be sacrifices of dogs, cats, rats, chickens, goats and – believe it or not – even humans! (end quote)

                                                                      -The Mystery of Halloween-

October 31 is the most important day in the satanic year. [Some say it is known as the devil's birthday.] It marks the Celtic new year. It was the end of the growing season. It became a festival of death. On this day, the god of the Celtics was to have called up the spirits of the wicked dead who had died during the past year. At the same time, other evil spirits arose and went about the countryside harassing the people. On October 31, the Celtics expected to be harassed by ghosts, evil spirits and demons; and it was no fun and games to them. They would light bonfires to guide the spirits to their own town and toward off evil spirits.  We read below in USA Weekend, October 22-23, 2005, of Halloween:

“Rooted in pagan traditions more than 2,000 years old, Halloween grew out of a Celtic celebration marking the onset of winter’s gloom.  Called Samhain (pronounced sow-in or sow-een), it combined the Celt’s harvest and New Year festivals, held in late October and earlly November by people in what is now Ireland, Great Britain and elsewhere in Europe.  This ritual was tied to the seasonal cycles of life and death, as the last crops were harvested and livestock were brought in for winter or for slaughter.

“The Celts saw Samhain as a fearful time, when the barrier between the world of the living and dead broke and spirits walked the Earth.  Going door-to-door, children collected wood for a sacred bonfire that provided light against the growing darkness.  During this fiery festival, the Celts wore masks, often made of animal heads and skins, hoping to frighten off spirits.  As the celebration ended, families carried home embers from the communal fire to relight their hearth fires.”  (“Don’t Know Much about Halloween,” Kenneth Davis, USA Weekend, Oct.21-23, 2005).

                                                                     -The author continues:

“Christianity took a dim view of these ‘heathen’ rites, attempting to replace the Celtic festival of the dead with a church-approved holiday, the seventh-century Pope Boniface IV designated Nov.1 All Saints’ Day to honor saints and martyrs.  Then, in 1000 A.D., the church made Nov. 2 All Souls’ Day, a day to remember the departed and to pray for their souls.  Even still, people continued to celebrate holy days like Samhain, costumed as angels and devils, with bonfires and parades.  Together, the three celebrations (All Saints’ Eve, All Saints’ Day and All Souls’ Day) were called Hallowmas, and the night before came to be called All-hallows Evening, eventually shortened to ‘Halloween.’

“Merged with Christianity, these Celtic rituals held sway in Europe for centuries.  And when millions of Irish and Europeans emigrated to America, they carried along their traditions. “Halloween, in other words, is deeply rooted in myths – ancient stories explaining the seasons and the mysteries of life and death.

                                                        -Is Halloween a holiday for the devil?

Word Origin and History for Walpurgis Night Expand: Satanist portrayal of Satanic holidays. In the SatanicBible, Satanist Anton LaVey writes that "after one's own birthday, the two major Satanic holidays are Walpurgisnacht (Walpurgis night Walpurgism 1822, from German Walpurgisnacht, witches revel, especially on Broken, on May-day eve, literally” the night of (St.) Walpurgis,” from Walburga, English abbess who migrated to Heidenheim, Germany, and died there 780: May 1 being the day of removal of her bones from Heidenheim to Eichstadt. and Halloween (or All Hallows' Eve)". Other holidays are the two solstices and the two equinoxes.

                                                          -Two equinoxes and two solstices-

The days are longer around the summer solstice and shorter around the winter solstice. When the Sun's path crosses the equator, the length of the nights at latitudes +L° and -L° are of equal length. This is known as an equinox. There are two solstices and two equinoxes in a tropical year.

-Oestre/Easter-

Although the Christian festival of Easter celebrates the torture and death of Jesus on a cross and, especially, his alleged resurrection, and has links to the Jewish Passover, most people, including Christians, unknowingly celebrate its pagan influences, including the bunny, a symbol of fertility, and colored eggs, representing the sunlight of spring.

It took over 300 years before Christians established the date of Easter as the first Sunday after the full moon following the March Equinox at the First Council of Nicaea in 325 C.E. The pagan Easter, however, was celebrated long before Christianity (although the festival went by many names).

In the 8th century, Christian scholar Bede claimed in his book, De temporum ratione, (The Reckoning of Time) that Easter derived from the Saxon Eostre (a.k.a. Eastre). The ancient Saxons in Northern Europe worshiped the Goddess Oestre at the time of the Spring Equinox. The Goddess Easter represents the sunrise, spring-time and fertility, the renewal of life.

Pagan Anglo-Saxons made offerings of colored eggs to her at the Vernal Equinox. They placed them at graves especially, probably as a charm of rebirth. (Egyptians and Greeks were also known to place eggs at gravesites).

Only later did the Christians pilfer the name for themselves and graft their religion onto a pagan celebration. Known now and celebrated as Easter.

-What does the second solstice mean?

The term solstice' derives from the Latin word 'solstitium', meaning 'Sun standing still'. On this day the Sun seems to stand still at the Tropic of Capricorn and then reverses its direction as it reaches its southernmost position as seen from the Earth. Some prefer the more teutonic term 'sunturn' to describe the event.

                                               -How was/is the solstice celebrated around the world?

The December solstice marks the 'turning of the Sun' as the days slowly get longer. Celebrations of the lighter days to come have been common throughout history with feasts, festivals and holidays around the December solstice celebrated by cultures across the globe. Saturnalia, the winter solstice festival Saturnalia began on December 17 and lasted for seven days in Ancient Rome. These Saturnalian banquets were held from as far back as around 217 BCE to honor Saturn, the father of the gods.

The holiday was celebrated with a sacrifice at the Temple of Saturn, in the Roman Forum, and a public banquet, followed by private gift-giving, continual partying, and a carnival atmosphere that overturned Roman social norms. The festival was characterized as a free-for-all when all discipline and orderly behavior was ignored. Wars were interrupted or postponed, gambling was permitted, slaves were served by their masters and all grudges and quarrels were forgotten. It was traditional to offer gifts of imitation fruit (a symbol of fertility), dolls (symbolic of the custom of human sacrifice), and candles (reminiscent of the bonfires traditionally associated with pagan solstice celebrations).

The Saturnalia would degenerate into a week-long orgy of debauchery and crime – giving rise to the modern use of the term 'saturnalia', meaning a period of unrestrained license and revelry. A mock 'king' was even chosen from a group of slaves or convicts and was allowed to behave as he pleased for seven days (until his eventual ritual execution). The poet Catullus considered it to be "the best of days." (end quote)

-Along comes a counterfeit Christianity-

Wanting to increase numbers into their deceptive fold, by bringing pagans into the church. They opened their doors to them by taking the name of Jesus Christ and attaching it to their celebration of their sun god Saturn, now calling it Christmas. We can see by adding the mass to Christ, the Catholic church influence and deception of bringing about the celebration of a pagan sun god, by simply changing the name of it to Christmas. Also, allowing much of the same revelry, debauchery, misbehavior, wife swapping, drunkenness, rape, molestation, pedophilia and every other offence of the imagination of mankind. To which we hear every year as we come into December 25th “Merry Christmas”. It is such a sin and disgrace to our God and His Son Jesus Christ.

-What about those claiming to be followers of God, today?

Either too lazy or to ignorant, or uncaring in learning, knowing, accepting, or believing the truth of God. They one and most all, sit on their hands and criticize, judge and condemn those of us that attempt to teach them. It is so disheartening and sad that all that any of them would have to do is absolutely nothing, to begin with. I mean nothing! Just quit following after Satan, the god of this world, in celebrating his anti-God days that has nothing at all to do with His (Gods) truth. In reading back over what I have written here, that seems a little harsh, I do not apologize for printing the truth, but will acknowledge that I know as well, that unless God calls and opens a person’s mind, they will never be able to understand His truth.

Clearly, Halloween is a pagan holiday, pagan to its rotten core!  It is a filthy abomination to God and no Christian should have anything to do with this Satanic holiday! Halloween is not mere harmless fun or merry-making!  Its roots are far more sinister than that! The apostle John declared, “that serpent of old, called the Devil and Satan . . . deceives the WHOLE WORLD” (Rev.12:9).   He wrote, “The whole world lies under the sway of the wicked one” (I John 5:19, NKJV).

Satan has people in our modern era mimicking the witches and Druids of old. We live in a time when witchcraft is being revived. Movies are filled with witchcraft and numerous television programs are teaching witchcraft to millions. The Harry Potter books are furthering the cause of Satan!

-Be Separate and Holy-

Should you simply go along with the crowd and celebrate this popular holiday of Halloween? Do as the saying, “go along to get along”. Or is it going to require the development of a backbone, to stand for the truth of God?  God says: “Do NOT be unequally yoked together with unbelievers.  For what fellowship has righteousness with lawlessness?  And what communion has light with darkness? And what accord has Christ with Belial?  Or what part has a believer with an unbeliever?  And what agreement has the temple of God with idols?  For you are the temple of the living God. . . Therefore come out from among them, and be separate, says the Lord, Do not touch what is unclean, and I will receive you.  I will be a Father to you, and you shall be my sons and daughters, says the Lord Almighty” (II Corinthians 6:14-18).

 God sent ancient Israel into captivity because that nation forsook His commandments and began following pagan ways and incorporating pagan traditions, customs, and superstitions into the worship of God!  Should we follow their example? 

 The question is whether or not we are willing to trustfully obey God, even if we do not fully understand why He tells us to do something. To learn this kind of obedience based on faith is of decisive importance not only for our life here and now, but also for all eternity.

 Whether or not we observe pagan customs labeled “Christian” makes a great deal of difference to God. Therefore, let's get back to the pure, unaltered and unadulterated faith which was once delivered to the saints.

                                      -Halloween is utterly pagan, there is no doubt about it-

Halloween is not harmless fun! This evil holiday has its roots in Satanic practices and should be no part in the life of a Christian. The Roman Catholic Church tried to “baptize” this evil day and make it “Christian,” but you cannot make a silk purse out of a sow’s ear! The question is:  What are you going to do about it?  May God help you to make the right decision, so you can inherit eternal life, and reign with the saints forever (Rev.2:26-27; 5:10; 20:4).

The true Word of God tells us to seek after wisdom and understanding. Real wisdom and true understanding come only from the Word of God. Because the foolishness of God is wiser than men; and the weakness of God is stronger than men. (1 Corinthians 1:25) We of ourselves are unable to understand the Word of God, it has to be given to us by God Himself, or by others that He has opened their minds too, and sends them, including myself and others to reveal it to them. God has called me and has appointed me as an ambassador for His kingdom here on earth. I accept that calling and have made myself available now for many years in expounding His message to others around the world by way of the internet. It is my hope that you will recognize this writing as such. The natural man does not accept the things that come from the Spirit of God. For they are foolishness to him, and he cannot understand them, because they are spiritually discerned.  (1Corinthians 2:14)

                                                                      All of mankind to be saved-

I was an eighteen-year-old U.S. Army infantry machine gunner during the Korean War and watched friends and foe alike go to their mangled, blown and torn apart, early death, to meet their maker. Experiencing death of comrades and good buddies around you on a daily basis, becomes the cause that opens our mind to desire to know the ultimate fate of mankind. I have studied the Word of God now for over a half century. I still remember the day, and how good it felt when I first realized that I was no different than anyone else. No matter how pious and self-righteous they might appear to be. I knew beyond any doubt that I was a sinner myself, it felt good to know I had all of mankind in the exact same condition as myself. A few years later I felt even better to learn the truth of God about salvation. Who will have all men to be saved, and to come unto the knowledge of the truth. (1 Timothy 2:4)


If we seek and search after the truth of God, He becomes aware of where our heart is and will I believe, increase our understanding. As we can note in the scriptures where the Berean's searched the scriptures daily to see if Paul and Silas was actually teaching them the truth. Should we be doing anything less as we sit in the churches that we accept and believe are teaching us the truth? Once God has opened a mind, to His truth, you may be surprised to learn, that as well meaning as the ministers of Satan masquerading as angels of light appear to be, they definitely are not teaching you the truth. It took me many years to learn that to be true. I want to shine a light upon the Word that admonishes us to seek these things out beyond being pallet fed by our deceived pastors, priests and ministers.

                        -Bible verses related to Seeking Wisdom from the King James Version (KJV) by Relevance-

James 1:5 - If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all [men] liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him.

Colossians 3:16 - Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom; teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord.

Proverbs 8:11-12 - For wisdom [is] better than rubies; and all the things that may be desired are not to be compared to it.   

Ephesians 1:17 - That the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give unto you the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of him:

Proverbs 1:7 - The fear of the LORD [is] the beginning of knowledge: [but] fools despise wisdom and instruction.

Luke 21:15 - For I will give you a mouth and wisdom, which all your adversaries shall not be able to gainsay nor resist.

Romans 11:33 - O the depth of the riches both of the wisdom and knowledge of God! how unsearchable [are] his judgments, and his ways past finding out!

Proverbs 3:13 - Happy [is] the man [that] findeth wisdom, and the man [that] getteth understanding.

Proverbs 17:27 - He that hath knowledge spareth his words: [and] a man of understanding is of an excellent spirit.

Ecclesiastes 7:1-29 - A good name [is] better than precious ointment; and the day of death than the day of one's birth.   

1 Corinthians 2:13 - Which things also we speak, not in the words which man's wisdom teacheth, but which the Holy Ghost teacheth; comparing spiritual things with spiritual.

Proverbs 4:7 - Wisdom [is] the principal thing; [therefore] get wisdom: and with all thy getting get understanding.

Colossians 2:8 - Beware lest any man spoil you through philosophy and vain deceit, after the tradition of men, after the rudiments of the world, and not after Christ.

Matthew 13:11 - He answered and said unto them, Because it is given unto you to know the mysteries of the kingdom of heaven, but to them it is not given.

John 5:30 - I can of mine own self do nothing: as I hear, I judge: and my judgment is just; because I seek not mine own will, but the will of the Father which hath sent me.

1 John 4:1 - Beloved, believe not every spirit, but try the spirits whether they are of God: because many false prophets are gone out into the world.


-THE ORIGINS OF HALLOWE’EN-

“What we now know as ‘Halloween’ developed from ancient New Year festivals and festivals of the dead.  In pre-Christian Britain, October 31st was considered as the eve of New Year, when the souls of the dead, especially those who had died in the past year were believed to revisit their homes.  After it became a Christian festival (as well see later), the evil supernatural symbolic associations continued alongside such customs as the shaping of a demonic face out of a hollow pumpkin, in which a candle is placed. In the Halloween which people celebrate today, many of the practices have a direct association with witchcraft.  Let’s have a look at the history:

The origin of the present-day Halloween celebration is generally believed to be the Celtic festival of Samhain also known as The Lord of Death. The Celts lived more than two thousand years ago in what is now the United Kingdom, Ireland, and Northern France. Their New Year began on November 1st.  A festival that began the previous evening honoured this Samhain, the Lord of Death.  The celebration marked the beginning of the season of cold, darkness, and decay.

On the evening of the festival, the Druids, who were the Celtic priests, ordered the people to put out their hearth fires.  The Druidic priests then built a huge New Year’s bonfire made out of oak branches which they considered sacred and burned animals and crops (some believe that they also used human beings as sacrifices).  These were performed in the belief that they would protect the crops and flocks from demonic influence, for without them the Celts believed that they couldn’t beat the perils of the season or ward off the activities of the deities who were also believed to perform various tricks at this time of the year.

The Celts believed that on the Feast of Samhain, the spirits of their ancestors would rise up from the cold fields and graves and come into the warm homes and cottages of the people, and thus had to be greeted with decorations and festivities, parties and acceptance, in order to get “protection” for the household from evil spirits during the coming winter months.

So, in its origin, the Feast of Samhain was a rite designed to protect humans from the ‘evil’ activities of discarnate entities. It was, in effect, a bargain with the dead so they’d stay away and cause no trouble during the coming year.

Each family then relit its hearth fire from the New Year’s fire. During the celebration, people sometimes wore costumes made of animal heads and skins. They told fortunes about the coming year by examining the remains of the animals that had been sacrificed — an occult practice which is referenced in Ezek.21:21: “For the king of Babylon stands at the parting of the road, at the fork of the two roads, to use divination: he shakes the arrows, he consults the images, he looks at the liver).

This date was also the eve of the New Year in both Celtic and Anglo-Saxon times and was the occasion for one of the ancient fire festivals when huge bonfires were set on hilltops to frighten away evil spirits. The date was connected with the return of herds from pasture, and laws and land tenures were renewed. The souls of the dead were supposed to revisit their homes on this day, and the autumnal festival acquired sinister significance, with ghosts, witches, hobgoblins, black cats, fairies, and demons of all kinds said to be roaming about.  It was the time to placate the supernatural powers controlling the processes of nature.  In addition, Halloween was thought to be the most favourable time for divinations concerning marriage, luck, health, and death. It was the only day on which the help of the devil was invoked for such purposes.

Gradually, Halloween became a secular observance, and many customs and practices developed. In Scotland young people assembled for games to see which of them would marry during the year and in what order the marriages would occur. Many Halloween customs have become games played by children.

Immigrants to the U.S., particularly the Irish, introduced secular Halloween customs that became popular in the late 19th century. Mischief-making on this day by boys and young men included overturning sheds and outhouses and breaking windows, and damage to property was sometimes serious.  In later years, this has come to be observed mainly by small children, who go from house to house, often in costume, demanding “trick or treat”.  The neighbors, to avoid having tricks played on them, give the children such treats as fruit, money, and sweets.  Since 1965, UNICEF, an agency of the United Nations, has attempted to incorporate into the Halloween observance the collection of money for the United Nations Children’s Fund!

A common symbol of Halloween is the Jack O’Lantern (the name was possibly derived from that for a night watchman).  This is a hollowed-out pumpkin carved in the appearance of a demonic face and with a lighted candle fixed inside. In Scotland a turnip was used, but the native pumpkin was substituted in the United States.  Many years ago, people in England and Ireland once carved out beets, potatoes, and turnips to use as lanterns on Halloween. These lanterns were hung allegedly to frighten away witches and evil spirits.  Today, they use pumpkins.  In England, Halloween was sometimes called Nutcrack Night, or Crab Apple Night, or Apple and Candle Night. Families sat by the fire and told stories while they ate apples and nuts.

On All Souls’ Day, in olden times, poor people used to go “souling (begging). They received pastries called “soulcakes” in exchange for promising to say prayers for the dead.  In England, some Halloween customs became mixed up with Guy Fawkes Night, on November 5, which is also celebrated by lighting bonfires.  The Encyclopedia Britannica (eleventh edition) states:

“Halloween and its formerly attendant ceremonies long antedate Christianity. The two chief characteristics of ancient Halloween were the lighting of bonfires and the belief that of all nights in the year this is the one during which ghosts and witches are most likely to wander abroad. Now on or about the first of November the Druids held their great autumnal festival and lighted fires in honor of the SUN-GOD in thanksgiving for the harvest. Further, it was a Druid belief that on the eve of this festival, Saman, LORD OF DEATH, called together the wicked souls that within the past twelve months had been condemned to inhabit the bodies of animals.

Thus, it is clear that the main celebrations of Hallowe’en were purely Druidical, and this is further proved by the fact that in parts of Ireland the 31st of October was, and even still is, known as Oidhche Shamhna, “Vigil of Samhan”.  Onto the Druid ceremonies were grafted some of the characteristics of the Roman festival in honor of Pomona held about the end of November, in which nuts and apples, as representing the winter store of fruits, played an important part. Thus, the roasting of nuts and the sport known as ‘apple-ducking’ – attempting to seize with the teeth an apple floating in a tub of water – were once the universal occupation of the young folk in medieval England on the 31st of October. The custom of lighting Hallowe’en fires survived until recent years in the highlands of Scotland and Wales.

In the dying embers it was usual to place as many small stones as there were persons around, and next morning a search was made. If any of the pebbles were displaced it was regarded as certain that the person represented would die within the next twelve months”

In A.D. 43, the Romans conquered the Celts and ruled what are now England and Wales for about 400 years. Now, during this period, two Roman autumn festivals were combined with the Celtic festival of Samhain, Lord of the Dead. One of them, called Feralia, was held in late October to honour the dead. The other festival honoured Pomona, the Roman goddess of fruit and trees. It seems likely that apples and nuts first became associated with Halloween because of this festival.  (end quote)

 -So called Christians hate the truth-

I know that counterfeit Christians do not want to hear the truth of God. I know too, that they actually hate it, because it indicts them as the non-repentant sinners that they have been, and are now, while turning their back on the Word of God, while wholeheartedly celebrating Halloween with gusto, merry-making and a deceptive heart. Then at the same time, through their example as parents, teaching this satanic, ungodly slop on to their little unsuspecting and innocent children. Even as the Word of God is filled with commands against following after paganism.

                                                  -Deuteronomy 18:9- Do Not Follow Other Nations-

When you enter the land the Lord your God is giving you, don’t learn to do the ·hateful [detestable; abhorrent; abominable] things the other nations do. 10 Don’t let anyone among you offer a son or daughter as a sacrifice in the fire [12:30–31]. 30 and after they have been destroyed before you, be careful not to be ensnared by inquiring about their gods, saying, “How do these nations serve their gods? We will do the same.” 31 You must not worship the Lord your God in their way, because in worshiping their gods, they do all kinds of detestable things the Lord hates. They even burn their sons and daughters in the fire as sacrifices to their gods. (of which Saturn, the sun god was one of)

-Whom will you decide to follow?

Don’t let anyone use ·magic [divination; Ex. 7:11Ezek. 21:21] or witchcraft, or ·try to explain the meaning of signs [augury or sorcery]. 11 Don’t let anyone ·try to control others with magic [cast spells], and don’t let them ·be mediums [consult/inquire of ghosts or spirits] or try to ·talk with the spirits of [consult] dead people [1 Sam. 28]. 12 The Lord ·hates [detests] anyone who does these things. Because the other nations do these things, the Lord your God will ·force [dispossess] them out of the land ahead of you. 13 But you must be ·innocent [blameless] in the presence of the Lord your God. (the one you claim to accept, believe and follow, but in reality stay in your own comfort zones, just as far away from following God Almighty as you can get) 14 The nations you will ·force out [dispossess] listen to people who use ·magic [divination] and witchcraft, but the Lord your God will not let you do those things.

Jeremiah 10:2-4King James Version (KJV)

Thus saith the Lord, learn not the way of the heathen, and be not dismayed at the signs of heaven; for the heathen are dismayed at them. (Yet, so called Christians in the multiple millions cannot seem to get enough anti-God deception to celebrate as though it was coming straight from God, which it absolutely is not)

For the customs of the people (counterfeit Christians) are vain: for one cutteth a (Christmas) tree out of the forest, the work of the hands of the workman, with the axe. (God tells us, to come out of her my people, but we resist Him and His Word, as we diligently follow after Satan, the god of this world)

They deck it with silver and with gold; they fasten it with nails and with hammers, that it moves not.    (like a scare crow in a cucumber patch)

-Christ Mass-

A time and season known these days as Christ Mass or more readily understood as Christmas. Obviously, a Catholic church deception to their naïve and docile flock. They have to drag their god around like a wee baby, pulling their little blankie along behind them. Counterfeit Christianity is badly in need of a makeover wakeup call. Gods own people (we of spiritual Israel, the covenant people) have been sinning against Him for many years, by appropriating the name of the Son of God and attaching it to a rank and rotten to the core pagan time and season, where their sun god Saturn was worshipped in a festival known as Saturnalia where all rules and regulations were suspended for several days. Where they burned their little children alive in the arms of an iron God heated up to red hot. To honor, pay homage and to coax their sun god back in the spring. While this writing began to expose the anti-God, pagan originated Halloween, it overlaps into Christmas, Easter, and a host of other pagan times and seasons that our counterfeit Christian church celebrates, and teaches others too, as if it was actually from God.

                                                      -Our website is filled with the truth of God-

 We have nothing at all for sale on our website, yet it is worth more than all of the silver and Gold in existence. We have other websites that we have listed down, that have helped us come to a better understanding of the truth of God. Some of them may have things for sale, but we do not. Freely the Word of God has been given to us, freely we must pass it on to others as much as we are able. It is not required for us to know about the number of visitors that peruse our site, God knows, and that is all anyone needs to know.

We are totally aware that we who teach, will be judged more strictly. Not many of you should become teachers, my fellow believers, because you know that we who teach will be judged more strictly. (James 3:1) However, we should not allow ourselves to be taken off the message of God and Christ, by others constantly talking over us in contrary teaching of the Word of God. We need to stand our ground in such a manner and position as we would imagine that Christ would take. Preach the message, be ready whether it is convenient or not, reprove, rebuke, exhort with complete patience and instruction. (2ndTimothy 4:2)

                                                                 -This worlds Christian religion-

We come here to a close after addressing how far off the mark that the gospel of Jesus Christ has strayed from the course that Christ has put into motion immediately after His crucifixion at the hands of His own people. It’s not the atheist, the antagonist, the pagans or the unbelievers who are responsible for tuning into the wave-length of Satan, the god of this world, that has almost totally caused a belief system opposite to the truth that the Word of God teaches. It is Gods own people, those claiming to be followers of His Word and His way. Of whom the likes of, have polluted most everything from Genesis through Revelation. They do not know the truth; therefore, they cannot accept, believe or teach it to anyone. Lest anyone misunderstand of whom I am talking about and pointing out here, it is the Counterfeit Christian church, known also as the Babylon of confusion, the orthodox Christian church, and can be identified also, as this worlds Christian religion.

                                                                   -A lack of common sense-

I know very well of the great powers of darkness and influence upon our carnal minds and hearts by the broadcasts of Satan through the airwaves and into the receptive psyche of mortal man/woman made in the image and likeness of God and Jesus Christ. (Genesis 1:26) To us whom God has revealed at least a portion of His truth to, it is hard for us to grasp how it is even possible to accept and believe things I have written about here, such Halloween and Christmas, with all of the hocus pocus of a three hundred pound fat man going down a six inch chimney, while his flying deer paw away on the roof top, or a sled about half the size of a Volkswagen that will hold enough plastic toys and junk to place at warp speed into every home in the world. It brings new meaning to the word "Idiotic foolishness" to me.

And the lying to our impressionable kids about the Halloween ghost and ghoul, blood and gore rotten to its demonic core deception, why should any of them ever grow up and come to understand and believe in a God that loves them all unconditionally? Satan has it all planned out well, they most likely never will. If the world gathered up all of the bibles in existence, and burned them all in a giant bon fire, until all that was left was a pile of ashes. Would not even an  ounce, a mere smidgen, a tad or just a little dose of common sense, allow one to pick up on this satanic garbage?


It seems that it would, but then I do know according to,  (2 Thessalonians 2:10-12) And with all deceivableness of unrighteousness in them that perish; because they received not the love of the truth, that they might be saved. 11 And for this cause God shall send them strong delusion, that they should believe a lie: 12 That they all might be damned who believed not the truth, but had pleasure in unrighteousness.

My hope and prayer is that you will read this with an open mind, if it strikes a chord in some way, it may indicate that God is working with you, in opening your mind to His truth. If not, that’s alright too, I have tried to follow the God that I worship and serve, in a way that He has led me to understand, in doing the best that I can in this physical carnal body I have been given. Regardless, you are my brothers and sisters and your salvation is for absolute and for certain. It has been paid in full by Jesus Christ. May the God of all heaven and earth richly bless you and yours, as you work to accept and to believe His actual truth.

 

Leith Lyman Cunningham                       10/17/2017                      www.thetruthstandsout.com