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Halloween, a Satanic Feast

Halloween, a Satanic Feast

HalloweenPreparing for Halloween

By Tillie Carson

Well, it’s that time of year again: the time when you can’t drive down the street without seeing inflatable witches and ghosts everywhere. Over the years there has been a lot of controversy over Halloween. Should Christians celebrate this holiday or not? For many, the answer is yes. Halloween is just a harmless time when the kids can dress up in fun costumes and go door to door asking for candy. But for others, it goes much deeper. Many Christians I have met simply do not know the history of Halloween. Personally, I feel that it’s an important thing to know, so I would like to take you with me back in time to find the origin of the second most popular holiday in the world.

For several hundred years before Christ, the Celts inhabited what is now France, Germany, England, Scotland and Ireland. Celtic priests were called Druids. It is not  possible to separate Halloween from the Druids because they originated it. These Celts were eventually conquered by the Romans. Information about the Celts and Druids comes from Caesar and the Roman historians, Greek writings from about 200 B.C., and very early records found in Ireland. Greek and Roman writings about the Druids dwell heavily on their frequent and barbaric human sacrifices. The ancient Irish texts say little about human sacrifices, but detail the Druids’ use of magic to raise storms, lay curses on places, kill by the use of spells, and create magical obstacles. By 47 A.D., Rome finally defeated the Druids in Britain and outlawed human sacrifices. The few remaining Druids went underground.

Many people today think that Halloween was just the Celtic New Year, but November 1st was the Celtic New Year. October 31st was celebrated by the Druids with many human sacrifices and a festival honoring their sun god and Samhain, the lord of the dead. They believed that the sinful souls of those who died during the year were in a place of torment, and would be released to roam earth only if Samhain was pleased with their sacrifices. During their rituals they would dress in animal skins, or tree bark, hence the custom of the costumes and masks in an attempt to copy the evil spirits or placate them.

(Much of this information came from Davies*.)

Halloween Snap-AppleNight

Snap-Apple Night by Daniel Maclise showing a Halloween party in Blarney, Ireland, in 1832. The young children on the right bob for apples. A couple in the center play a variant, which involves retrieving an apple hanging from a string. The couples at left play divination games.

The Druids believed that during the time of Samhain the division between the 2 worlds (our world) and the spirit world became very thin.  This time enabled hostile supernatural forces to wander around our world as they wished.  Because some animals and plants were dying (the start of winter), it thus allowed the dead to reach back through the veil that separated them from the living.

“During this interval the normal order of the universe is suspended, the barriers between the natural and the supernatural are temporarily removed, the sidh lies open and all divine beings and the spirits of the dead move freely among men and interfere sometimes violently, in their affairs”   –Celtic Mythology” p. 127

Today neo-pagans honour the death of a god, who is then reborn (Sun god).  Samhain is one of the eight annual festivals, often referred to as ‘Sabbats’, observed by Wiccans.  Samhain is considered by some Wiccans as a time to celebrate the lives of those who have passed on, and in some rituals the spirits of the departed are invited to attend the festivities.

The tradition of trick-or-treat started when the Druids went door to door, dragging behind them on a rope the dead body of a male slave that they had bought and killed for this purpose. At each door they demanded the same thing: food for their feast. But many of the people were poor farmers who didn’t even have enough food for their own families, let alone a feast for Samhain. In those cases, the Druids took the eldest daughter or child for the sacrifice.  After getting an offering, they would carve demonic faces into pumpkins, or large turnips, and place a candle inside them. (Today we call them Jack-o-Lanterns.)  These were left at the door as a signal to the evil spirits that this family did their share and to stay away from them. If the farmers didn’t have anything for the sacrifice (no children) or just refused, then the priests would use the dead slave’s blood to paint a hexagram on the door. This signal told the evil spirits to kill one member in this house as punishment for not doing their share. Trick or Treat. The treat: either precious food, or more often, a precious child. The trick: One person in the household died that night, although most of the time it was out of pure terror!

Halloween -Druids

Druids at Stonehenge

“As darkness set in on October 31st, the clan of Druids would put on their white robes and hoods. They would carry sickles and Celtic crosses as they began a torchlight procession. At the beginning of the procession, a male slave was killed and dragged by a rope fastened to his left ankle. The Druids would walk until they came to a house or a village where they shouted the equivalent of ‘trick or treat.’  The treat was a slave girl or any female to be given to the Druids. If the people refused to a girl as a ‘treat’, blood was taken from the dead slave and used to draw a hexagram or six-pointed star on the door or wall of the village. Spirits of the ‘horned hunter of the night’ were invoked by the Druids to kill someone in that house or village by fear that night.”   –-Meyer: Halloween and the Forces of Darkness

I find it very interesting to think about how the Israelites had to put lamb’s blood on their doorposts as a signal to the Angel of Death to pass over, and here the Satanists are painting with human’s blood on the door to tell demons to enter.

The tradition of bobbing for apples and giving out nuts came from a Roman addiction to the Druidic New Year’s eve. The Romans worshiped Pomona who was the goddess of the harvest. They combined their harvest festival to Pomona with Halloween.

Irish records tell of the fascination the Catholic monks had with the powerful Druids, and Druids soon became important members of their monasteries. Pope Gregory the Great decided to incorporate the Druids’ holiday into the church. He made the proclamation:

“They are no longer to sacrifice beasts to the devil, but they may kill them for food to the praise of God, and give thanks to the giver of all gifts for His bounty.”

Pope Gregory III moved the church festival of October 31st to November 1st and called it All Hallows, or All Saints’ Day. Pope Gregory IV decreed that the day was to be a universal church observance. The term Halloween comes from All Hallows Eve.

The founding fathers of America refused to permit the holiday to be observed because they knew it was a pagan holiday. Halloween was not widely celebrated in the U.S. until about 1900. In the 1840’s there was a terrible potato famine in Ireland which sent thousands of Catholic Irish to America. They brought Halloween with them.

Very little archeological evidence of the Druids has been found, but there is excellent agreement between the Roman and Irish documents. Both clearly state that the knowledge of the Druids was never committed to writing but passed from generation to generation by oral teaching. This was to protect their secrets. The same is true today. Nothing is put into writing. The druids continue on secretly with much the same traditions.

The widespread problem of harmful substances such as razor blades, drugs, poisons, needles, etc. being placed in the Halloween treats here in America is no accident. Every year the number of children hurt, killed, or just missing, rises. Testimonies of several ex-Satanists show that these children killed and injured by the “treats”, and sometimes worse, are sacrifices to Satan. Satanists throughout the world continue to perform human sacrifices on Halloween. Today, people think it’s fun to try to scare each other or be scared on October 31st, but can you imagine the pure terror if you had lived there so many years ago? It would be the farthest thing from fun!

As more and more youth of the culture are getting pulled into movies like Harry Potter, role playing games like Dungeons & Dragons and computer role playing games like

World Of WarCraft – Horde Druid

World of WarCraft, they are digging into witchcraft. More and more of the youth today are becoming full witches, a little at a time, and they all know that Halloween is the best time to celebrate Satan.

I believe that many of the Christians who celebrate this “helliday” do so in ignorance. What am I suggesting? Should we be afraid of October 31st? Absolutely not! As Christians, we don’t need to fear the darkness of the devil, for we are protected by God Almighty! But I think that, perhaps, if more Christians knew the background of Halloween, they would not celebrate it. Let’s do what we can to show it to them! Let’s put it in pamphlets, hand them out at churches, and give them to trick-or-treaters that knock on your door. This year, let’s tell as many people as we can what they are celebrating. Let’s get this out!

* Davies was a 16th century writer who traced his family lineage directly back to Druid priests who fought against Caesar. He clearly describes the human sacrifices of his ancestors and the secret sacrifices still performed regularly by the Druids of his time.  In his writings, Davies indicated that he came under much persecution for putting in writing his information about Druids.

In addition, I found the following resources helpful as well.

  1. Celebrations – The Complete Book of American Holidays, Robert. J. Myers, (Doubleday & Co., 1972).
  2. The Famous Druids, A. L. Owen, (Clarendon Press, Oxford, 1962)
  3. The American Book of Days, George William Douglas, (H.W. Wilson Co., 1948).
  4. The Two Babylons, Rev. Alexander Hislop, (Chick Publications, 1998).
  5. The Force, Dr. Alberto Rivera, (Chick Publications.1984)

* Complete Book:  Davies – The Mythology and Rites of the British Druids  (1809)

Hosea 4:6 (a)

My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge.


Druids are recognised as a religion in Britain:


1) Images: Pumpkin
2) Images:  Snap-Apple Night by Daniel Maclise

37 comments to Halloween, a Satanic Feast

  • mom4truth

    Good post. I added it to my blog. Thanks!

  • Deborah (Discerning the World)


    Yeah, I received it via email from Tillie. I added a few things and walaa 1 x article on halloween. Saved me lotsa time writing one from scratch.

  • Burning Lamp

    Debs, thx 4 this article!

    One question: It states that we should give tracts to trick-or-treaters who come to the door.
    “Let’s put it in pamphlets, hand them out at churches, and give them to trick-or-treaters that knock on your door.”

    Many years ago I used to give a tract with a treat but have since not acknowledged the day and my doorway is dark. It seems to me that it is most important to educate believers about this first and not try to tell those with no biblical discernment that the day they are celebrating is wicked. It seems to me that the problem is with the churches and the Christian community.

    It is sad to see so many churches saying it is a harmless way for the kids to have some fun if they don’t dress up as witches, etc. Also, churches that stay silent about it are failing to give their congregations the truth and the full counsel of the Bible. Parents need to be instructed what to teach their children about Halloween as the stores and TV are full of all kinds of advertisement and such a big deal is made about it, even in the schools. This takes training, guidance and preparation which is not presently being given even in most if any evangelical churches.

    Any thoughts on this?

  • Deborah (Discerning the World)


    “Let’s put it in pamphlets, hand them out at churches, and give them to trick-or-treaters that knock on your door.”

    That is a good point. I just read over that and didn’t realise it. You see here in SA I don’t have to worry about Halloween, I don’t think I have ever had anyone come to my door let alone seen kids dressed up.

    I think the onus lies on the church’s for one to hand out pamphlets telling their congregation what Halloween means. But in this day and age you might find the pamphlet next to the Sunday-Yoga-Sessions class pamphlet lol.

    The other question one needs to ask is where is the Holy Spirit in these people’s lives? God does not leave His children alone unattended, that is why He gave us the Holy Spirit who warns us about things and tells us when we are doing wrong and that we need to stop.

    If people are going to church and the pastor does nothing to warn people about what Halloween is about, then someone in the church needs to take onus and make pamphlettes or better yet: MASS EMAIL MY ARTICLE TO EVERYONE THEY KNOW ;) Handing them out during Halloween is not the answer.

  • Burning Lamp

    Debs, Halloween in the states is one of the biggest holidays of the year and one of the biggest money makers – selling candy, decorations, costumes, etc. It is promoted on TV,in all the stores including the grocery stores. It is EVERYWHERE so you can’t escape it and most of it is ghoulish.

    Churches who have come out against it have been blasted in the newspapers and even on Christian radio. Some churches have what they call an alternative activity they call a fall festival. I don’t object to that except why don’t they have it on another day other than Halloween.

    I love the fall of the year, the leaves, the pumpkins, and the wonderful fall colors. That is a season God created and this dispicable “holiday” ruins it. I focus on fall and the upcoming legitimate holiday of Thanksgiving which has sadly turned into a day for football viewing and gluttony. Don’t get me wrong, I love pumpkin pie, turkey and all the trimmings, but God seems to be left out of the equation. Of course God is not allowed in the public schools anymore so kids aren’t told the real history.

    You obviously don’t know what I’m talking about as you don’t have TG in SA. And you are blessed that Halloween is not promoted there like it is here. Do you even have a fall season with the changing of the leaves?

  • Tillie Carson

    Hey Burning Lamp, I just saw your question.

    I have friends who live in busy “trick-or-treater” zones, and even when they leave their lights off, they get somebody knocking at the door. All I’m saying is that if that happens to you, don’t send them away empty handed. IF you have any gospel tracts in the house, yes, give them the gospel tracts.
    This article is mainly directed to Christians to show them how evil the holiday is, but for all the non Christians that celebrate, perhaps we can show them how dangerous it is. No, that is not the best way to get the word out, it’s more of a last resort, but it would be a good time to get the gospel out.

    God Bless

  • Deborah (Discerning the World)

    Hey thanks Tillie for replying. You are more equipped to answer these questions :)

  • Deborah (Discerning the World)


    My word, I didn’t realise it was that bad. And the ‘fall festival’ is a very lame excuse, just another word for it, that’s all it is. I must say South Africans are not really the holiday type, except when we have to pack our bags to go to the sea haha.

    We have Autumn lol and a winter where it gets cold. No really it gets cold! But our winters are no where near as cold as yours.

  • Burning Lamp

    In our area, we never have had anyone knock on our darkened door. One church in our area has church – real worship service – that night and prays for the kids out trick or treating and for the protection of God over these children. Therefore, those folks are not home. At one time they gave out a sign to put on the door citing a Bible verse and explaining briefly why the household does not participate in Halloween.

    When I grew up, (eons ago) Halloween was a night for pranks, some of them destructive. Thankfully I think that has pretty much gone by the wayside.

  • Deborah (Discerning the World)

    Window light campaign intended to ‘reclaim’ Halloween as Christian holiday

    London, England, October 14 (CNA) .- In an international effort to “reclaim” Halloween as a “joyful” Christian celebration, a founder of a U.K.-based Catholic community has asked Christians to place a light in their window on Oct. 31 as a sign of their faith.

    Damian Stayne, founder of the community Cor et Lumen Christi (Heart and Light of Christ), said the “Night of Light” initiative is the vigil of the Feast of All Saints, when Catholics celebrate “the glory of God in His saints, the victory of light over darkness in the lives of God’s holy ones in heaven.” Jesus is the “Light of the World” by whom the saints lived and became a beacon to their generation, he explained.

    Sayne said that in many countries prayer gatherings and children’s celebrations are being organized and participants are encouraged to place a light in their window in order to “visibly witness to neighbors and friends.”

    This will show passersby that their household is Christian and that Christ is their light, organizers said. They suggested participants in the “Night of Light” also attend a vigil Mass for the Feast of All Saints, spend a night adoring Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament, or provide treats and fun for children by lighting a bonfire or dressing up as saints.

    “Everyone is called by Jesus to live out this vocation – to be the ‘light of the world’ for others today,” Sayne continued.

    The “Night of Light” event has taken place before, but this year it has established a partnership with the Home Mission Desk of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales (CBEW). Organizers are presenting it as a follow-up activity for the papal visit to the U.K.

    Bishop Kieran Conry of Arundel and Brighton, chair of the CBEW’s Department for Evangelization and Catechesis, said Halloween is now the biggest commercial festival after Christmas and Easter and Christians need a reminder of its true nature.

    “The celebration of feast days is an important part of our Catholic culture. On the evening of 31st October why not do something to make your faith respectfully seen and heard? Light a candle or display publicly another kind of light, for example, perhaps alongside an image of Christ.”

    The bishop suggested this could be a “powerful way” to show Christians’ hope in “someone other than ourselves.”

    “The light will provoke questions and is a way that people can be signposted to goodness. I encourage everyone to participate,” Bishop Conry commented.

    The website for the event is at

  • Burning Lamp

    Those of the calvinist/reformed faith ( and perhaps others) replace Halloween as a celebration of Martin Luther’s posting of his Theses which was done on 10/31. See this link:

    The Halloween That Changed the World—Reformation Day

  • Deborah (Discerning the World)


    Oh boy, Satan’s smart eh?

  • Human Being

    That is a night elf druid…sigh.

  • Deborah (Discerning the World)

    Human Being

    And you point is?

  • Felidae

    Hmmm… Wish I had found this sooner. Interesting that Druids (who were/are polytheistic pagans), and modern day “witches” (pagans, occultists, wiccans, shamans, ect.) who are ALSO polytheistic, are referred to as “Satanists”.

    For one, they can’t be “Satanists” if they don’t believe in Satan. Most witches believed if you gave evil a name you gave it power, and Satan does not exists in pagan religions. Thus, that is completely incorrect. That leads into opinion, not fact, so please, refer to them correctly next time.

    Halloween, Samhain, is a pagan holiday celebrating the veil between the worlds being the thinnest, yes was occasionally a gruesome holiday. But rarely did druids curse or kill by magick. Most sacrifices were actually an offering for bountiful harvest and such. As for the turnip tradition, many of those “poor farmers” carved their own turnips to turn away evil spirits and guide their loved ones home. Candles were also lit on rivers to guide them back to the afterlife. Many “treats” were food items created for deceased loved ones to enjoy once again.

    On another note, more blood has been spilled in the name of Christianity than any other cause in the world. Might want to stop and think about that too. I have many Christian friends, so no, I’m not downing the religion, but if you wish to preach a cause at least be honest about your own history too.

    I’m not saying the druids weren’t a bloody group they were, but several points in this are incorrect. You’re travelling along the right lines though. If you wish to guide people to your beliefs, give them accurate information, a shoulder to lean on, an ear to listen, and the choice. Not even God lives in an unwilling heart, and forced belief isn’t belief at all. Good luck to you all.

    ~A Visiting Witch

  • Deborah (Discerning the World)


    Firstly, the ‘christianity’ you refer too is Roman Catholicism which is not Biblical Christianity. These people KILL using the name of God. If you do some research you will find out that Roman Catholicism is as pagan as can be, hiding behind their version of the bible. They worship the sun, Mirthra. Iris is actually Mary incarnate, and their version of Jesus is Horus. So please, next time make sure you call them by the right name – pagan.

    Second, Satan loves to tell lies and white magic is just as evil as black magic. Whether you like it or want to believe it or not your ‘master’ is Satan. I know that Wiccans have a nervous breakdown being lumped into the same pot with Satanists because Satanist do evil where as Wiccans supposedly do ‘good’, therefore Satan can’t exist right? Wrong. Satan does not care who you worship and how you do it, as long as you do not worship the true Jesus Christ of the Bible. All those gods and goddesses you worship are just demons who do Satans bidding.

    It boils down to this: The rest of the world (every religion on earth) vs Jesus Christ i.e., Satan vs God.

  • Bill Woodmancy

    You say the Catholics hide behind their version of the bible, could you tell me what version that is. I have a catholic bible for comparison and beside the seven book in the old testament it read the same as the other Bibles I use

  • Deborah (Discerning the World)


    The Catholic bible contains deuterocanonical scriptural texts:
    Additions to Esther (Vulgate Esther 10:4-16:24)
    Sirach (or Ecclesiasticus)
    Baruch, including the Letter of Jeremiah (Additions to Jeremiah in the Septuagint)
    Additions to Daniel:
    Prayer of Azariah and Song of the Three Holy Children (Vulgate Daniel 3:24-90)
    Susanna (Vulgate Daniel 13, Septuagint prologue)
    Bel and the Dragon (Vulgate Daniel 14, Septuagint epilogue)
    1 Maccabees
    2 Maccabees

  • Mark

    I am in the USA, and was referred to this site by a friend in South Africa. Thank you for posting it. Many American churches have festivals associated with halloween. They are apostate. In many cases, the evil roots of the helliday are know, but the ears are soothed with false teachings downplaying the dangers.

  • Deborah (Discerning the World)

    Hi Mark, welcome :)

  • Hi there. I have done a post on Halloween, but I don’t think it has enough body to it. All I’ve done is posted a few links.
    Would it be possible to use your Halloween article, with all credit to you?

    Well said Deborah. You hit the nail right on the head with your response to Felidae.
    I too used to be involved in witchcraft, and I’m so glad the Lord got me out of it. I now see it for what it is and there’s nothing white or light about it.

    Thanks. :)

  • Oops. I just read the bit about using your articles.
    I will ‘borrow’ it now and make sure I do what is instructed.

    Thanks. :)

  • Deborah (Discerning the World)


    Thanks and sure you can use it, noooooo problem :)

  • Myfanwy Brown

    Hi Debs,

    I have been to Stonehenge in England. I went with a friend many years ago, and it made me distinctly uncomfortable.

    It never fails to outrage me when people make light of things that are very seriously occultish. Even Christian family of mine think that ‘Lord of the Rings’ is good because a ‘Christian’ man wrote the books. Also the same applies to C.S. Lewis. Even in the days that I was not such a strong Christian, and I was not discerning anything really, even then I could tell you that these books were full of occult.

    I have had quite an ‘adventurous’ life, in good and bad I have met some strange people in my life. I once met a guy who said he was a’white witch’, and I actually managed to explain to him that witchcraft is not ‘black’ or ‘white’, it is just plain EVIL!!

  • Llydari88

    To each their own.

    Even with research, study, common knowledge, biblical text, non biblical text, ancient scrolls, verbal consultation, written consultation, posting, editing, un posting, re posting, on and on and on. People will think and do what they like.

    I for one, agree with this post SOMEWHAT. What I do NOT agree with, is only the negative. It is not a satanic holiday. I personally dont believe in a satan “for say”. God created his children with free will. in order to maintain balance, he also gifted us with Conscience, the ability to empathize and let us learn through consequence. The devil is a relative term to give embodiment to negativity of one self.

    “God” is good. He doesn’t smite the wicked, as there is no wicked, only normal people making bad decisions and neglecting their conscience. ALL religions are biased, which is why I don’t follow any one but my own.

    In short, halloween is a positive holiday as it links us to our past and lets us have fun for our kids. Videogames are videogames. Leave them as they are and don’t call something evil cause you don’t agree with it. (and in warcraft, you heal others as a druid… again more research…)

    Let the kids have their candy in peace… cause forcing your beliefs on others is a sure way to push them away. Taking any book in a literal sense is bad news in the first place.

    Love, forgive, and treat others as you expect to be treated. THATS gods true message. Everything in moderation.


  • Redeemed

    Lldari88 – Everything in moderation – even a little wickedness, occult or whatever – no harm done, just keep it in balance. Wicked is normal. Right. You are correct in that mankind is naturally sinful, but there are consequences.
    Your god is NOT “God”, but the ruler of this world although you say you don’t believe in a literal devil “per se” and obviously you don’t believe in a literal hell. You are a universalist. You obviously have not read the Bible and that God will punish the wicked who reject His
    Son, Jesus Christ.

    Apparently you have never been the victim of someone’s sin or wickedness – murder, theft, lies, deceit, the list goes on. You are in a deluded fog.
    I pray you will come out of it and into the truth.

    Read the link at the top of this blog on “Salvation” and then get a Bible and read it.

  • Carm

    Does anyone know where I can get bible tracts? Chick publications perhaps? I have been playing with the idea, for a couple of years already, of giving the little kiddies a “trick” instead of a treat – a tract that explains the gospel. If anything, that will stop them from ever coming round again, screaming at the front door like a bunch of tortured cats… legally what can offended parents do to me? They’re the ones knocking on a stranger’s door, asking for free stuff.
    To put it in context: I’m resident in NZ where parents go out of their way to ensure that their kids don’t hear the gospel… the level of antagonism towards Christianity is much higher than in my native SA; it actually took a while getting used to. My friend in childcare says the generation growing up know doesn’t know who Jesus is; a pastor’s child told me her friend in playgroup asked her “What is God?” How can a 10 year old ask “What is God?” !!! They can recite Harry Potter spells, dress up like demons and go knocking on strangers doors expecting them to honor an pagan rituals… but “What is God?” Sad times, sad.

  • Redeemed

    Carm, first of all, I would not recommend Chick tracts to anyone. They are offensive and way too “in-your-face”.

    Now as to Halloween. I do not believe a Christians should EVEN ACKNOWLEDGE this day. If one’s porch light is not on, it indicates that one is not participating in the “holiday”. If you feel you need to make a statement, make an attractive poster to put on your door stating in a respectful way-don’t be nasty. that it is against your beliefs to participate. It only takes once. We have never had anyone vandalize our home and the kids just pass it by. Devote yourself to prayer on this night for all the kids who are participating.

    Trust me, if you give a tract and not a treat it will be a poor witness and it will be as casting pearls before swine. And if you give a tract and a treat it will send the message that you approve of an occultic celebration. Not that the children are swine, but they are out to have fun and they are wanting candy. Look for opportunities to reach out to neighborhood children at other times and as God gives opportunity. Also to their parents.

  • Myfanwy Brown

    I never liked my kids to be involved with Halloween in any way, at school or at home. I must confess that they did do a few things, like drawing pictures and making pumpkins, at school, but we never made a thing of it at home. As Debs knows, Halloween is not really celebrated much in SA. I suppose the real wiccans/pagans etc do.

    Here in the UK, it is a much bigger ‘celebration’, but then the general public here will use anything as an excuse for a party. I know when my son was at university last year, they had Halloween parties.

    Five years ago, when I first moved into the house I am living in now, we had some children give us a really hard time. They knocked on the door continuously, then ran away, they filled our front doorway with snow in the winter.. they heckled us when we left the house etc etc. Anyway, my two sons were both quite fearful and they would beg me to leave the kids alone and not say or do anything. Well, I was fed up and I was not about to let these children affect my life and especially my sons lives. To cut a long story short, I called the police a few times, but most of the time I went out in the street and told them off. I think my children were mostly afraid because there have been a number of cases in England, where parents have stood up to annoying youngsters and they have been attacked, and hurt badly or killed. But I knew the Lord would protect me and my children, and I continued to make a stand. Sometimes my heart would be thumping and my mouth was so dry, but I was determined that these youngsters would respect me. And one day, it just stopped, and we have had peace ever since then.

    So back to Halloween! well, we had a few kids knock on the door the first few years, but after the harrassing stopped, the kids stopped coming on Halloween. My sons said they think the kids are very afraid of me and give my door a wide berth! I am thankful to the Lord for His protection for my sons and I.. and it gave me satisfaction to see how making a stand pays off eventually. That lesson can be learned, and used by all Christians. I don’t believe in backing down when Christ is on your side and you know that you are doing the right thing.

    I do not believe in giving children sweets at Halloween, who knows what is in that candy anyway.. but of course I will not participate in this evil celebration even in that way. The minute you give in to satan, even in one small, seemingly harmless act, you are giving him an in-road into your life. I have learned this the hard way.

  • Redeemed

    My fanwy, this is so true. A little leaven leavens the whole loaf. There are many Christians who think that they can participate and not compromise their testimony.

    It is a HUGE holiday in the U.S. In all the stores and advertising for costumes and “Christian” suppliers selling “Christian” jack-o-lanterns and ways to “Christianize” the occultic holiday.

    This goes to tradition in many communities and is just what everybody does in the fall and the children anticipate the fun of it. In my ignorance when my children were little I went along with it until I sat under a pastor who exposed the dark side of the holiday. I will be ever grateful to him for that.

    We do need to reach out to children as the Lord gives opportunity. They are fodder for the enemy with all the ways they are being bombarded and parents are either neglectful or opposed to the truth of the Word. Pray for the Lord to open doors and even if one child is reached, it will be worth it. But giving out tracts with treats on Halloween is not the way to do it. Compromising with evil even in little ways will only bear rotten fruit.

  • Carm

    Redeemed, thanks for the reply. It’s not my intention to acknowledge Halloween – it just always saddens me to see kids participating in an occult holiday, with no knowledge of the truth. Interesting comment about Chick publications – I read some as a child and they made a huge impact on me, for the better, but then I was already saved. I had a look through some of them and I think it will really scare little children – but should we not tell children about hell because the reality of it is too scary? How do we preach the gospel without offending? The very use of the word sin is offensive in popular culture. I know there are some good basic gospel tracts that communicate the cross without graphic depictions of demons and flames.

  • Redeemed

    Carm, you indicated in your post that you intended to give out tracts on Halloween. That is participation. My thought is that we don’t want children or their parents see us as legalistic self-righteous Pharisees, and yet we have to give a proper witness and not cave into the ways of the world. I have listed a few sites that have children’s tracts.

    In my search I was absolutely APPALLED at the number of gospel tract publisher who put out Halloween tracts! One even had one with a drawing of a ghost that said “You don’t have a ghost of a chance”. I wrote to them a scathing rebuke. And there are others who offer this as well as if putting out Halloween tracts is honoring to the Lord, mixing His precious Gospel with the occult. I told them that we are the EXPOSE the deeds of darkness, not compromise with them. It is obvious that the devil has done his work well. There needs to be tracts EXPOSING Halloween!! This is horrible!!

    I am a believer in tracts. I leave them with waitresses in restaurants along with a generous tip, with maid service in hotels along with a gratuity, etc. and I tuck one in someplace in the room. It is planting seeds. Even if one soul is saved it is worth it.

  • Carm

    Muchly appreciated, Redeemed.

  • Martin Horan

    When I was child Halloween was an a looked-forward to annual event here in Scotland. It wasn’t an actual holiday as adults worked & children went to school that day. But we had a few nights of “guising” leading up to it. That meant small troupes of kids dressed up would go around neighbours doors and each would perform a “party piece”. They would tell jokes, sing songs or recite a poem. We also dressed with our clothes on back-to-front and/or wear an adult’s garment or a hat back to front or inverted. For this the kids would be paid money.
    The last night (Halloween) was when some people would have parties.
    Interstingly, back then, most Scotish people were Presbyterian. But whether Protestant or Catholic, few people indeed would have been aware of this going back to our pagan ancestors. That may seem surprising considering we are Celts. But though my generation then were churchgoers, I’d never heard of a priest or minister condemning Halloween as pagan. People then would have thought a clergyman making such a claim was fanatical. I didn’t know Halloween was pagan until I was about 30–around 1980.
    By then, Halloween had virtually died out in Scotland as our customs as we were adopting English ones.
    Oddly enough, now Halloween has been revived, and the English have taken it up in a big way with Halloween parties, pub celebrations and so on. And the demonism and witchcraft is flouted as if it’s a huge joke.
    The strange thing is, this revival and addition came from the USA. I don’t think I have ever heard it condemned from the pulpit.
    One Christian I know left literature lying around in his work, showing it’s pagan origins. He was reported by a colleague who found it offensive and he was reprimanded.
    Changed days! The nation comes out of it to get back into it in a very big way and the churches are silent. Sadly, that does not surprise me.

  • Sharon

    I remember back to when I was just a kid. I had no idea what Halloween meant, nor did my parents. Back in the late 1950’s and 60’s the witchcraft/Druid stuff was just not known in our household. We were just kids going to the houses of people we knew on our street and got candy.

    I was born and raised in one of the suburbs of Detroit, Michigan. I don’t know how it came into being but the night before Halloween was called Devils Night. Most of the time kids would “toilet paper” someones house or soaped someones house or car windows. Those two things were usually done as harmless mischief. But in Detroit some folks went wiled and burned down buildings, looted and nearly turned into a riot in the inner city.

    I can say….I hate Halloween. I do not give out candy, but I do buy a bag of my favorite candy and eat it myself! (I love Hershey’s Candy Kisses)

  • Sharon

    I want to tell something that I already sent pictures of to Deborah.

    google this in images: Queen Elizabeth II is a Druid. Pictures will pop up that show the Queen shortly after being Crowned Queen she went through the process to become a Druid Priestess! You will also see a picture of the Head Priest of the Church of England also being in the clothing of a Druid Priest. Winston Churchill was also a Druid.

    The Royals do their bit part at trying to look “Christian.” But they are not.

    Halloween a Christian holiday? No way!

  • Sharon, you are right when you say that the British royals are not Christians.
    Prince Charles claims that Islam is a relgion of peace! (Too ridiculously absurd to even comment on.) He has publicly stated if he becomes king that he would prefer to be Defender of Faith rather than Defender of THE Faith, which is one of his mother’s titles. (Not that she practises it. Twice in recent years she has dressed in black when being addressed by a pope, publicly declaring her spiritual inferiority to the pontif.
    Interestingly, Fidei Defensor, which was stamped on our coins with the heads of British Monarchs for generations, if not for centuries, is now represented by the two letters: FD. The Defender of the Faith is now an embarrassment to them and our government.
    The Royal Family have claimed to be Christians but are not. Queen Victoria was a practising spiritualist and spiritualism has run among the royals since then, and probably before that time. John Dale’s Book “The Prince and the Paranormal” catalogues all the occultism in which they have been involved. It reports Charle’s involvement in various aspects of the occult and that he was a close friend of Laurens Van Der Post, a famous spiritualist. Both of them were also admirers of Jung. Dale, by the bye, is a royalist so he is not condemning them for these attitudes, views and practises. Actually, as a spiritualist, he praises them for these things.
    The Daily Mail [November 5th 2013] report the opening of a Masonic Lodge at Buckingham Palace. The Queen, give her due, is against it. But the Grand Master of the British lodges, is the Queen’s cousin the Duke of Kent.
    If you want a good book on how the upper echelons of British society are run by Freemason’s please read Martin Short’s objective book “Beyond the Brotherhood. Google Freemasons: The Silent Destroyers–deist religious cult based on the Knights Templars, it gives facts from the Masons themselves.
    As to the British Royals, Edward VIII and his wife were both Nazi sympathisers and when Prince Phillip married Queen Elizabeth few of his relations were invited because of their Nazi connections.
    Any objective history of Britain will show how diabolical most of our kings and queens were. The ones today are saints by comparison!
    So you are spot on, Sharon, because they are not Christians.

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