For the fanciful child, it’s a dream come true to dress up as a favorite literary character or fairy-tale heroine on Halloween. On one day of the year, children are permitted to indulge their fantasies – both costume and candy – and the streets are filled with small Snow Whites, witches and goblins. But why do we celebrate this “child’s” holiday called Halloween?
Benign as it may now seem to most Americans, Halloween has its roots in ancient, occult religious practices. Donning costumes, playing “trick-or-treat” and displaying jack-o’-lanterns are all carry-overs of pagan traditions. And though our contemporary society would have us believe it is not so, pagan practices – including darker occult rituals – still occur today.
Halloween is a holy day for pagans. This Celtic “new-year’s day,” known to druids as “Samhaine,” is celebrated on Oct. 31. Members of the Wiccan religion – a federally recognized, tax-exempt faith – and Satanists hold the day in the highest regard, performing special, often macabre ceremonies at the midnight hour. According to Paddy Slade’s “Encyclopedia of White Magic: A seasonal guide,” “At Samhaine the veil between our world and the Otherworld is thinnest, and it is thought to be the best time to attract those who have gone before.”
Recognizing the evil behind these pagan “celebrations” of communion with nature and spirits, the Catholic Church moved its All Saints Day from May to Nov. 1. The day was set aside to honor marytred Christians. Protestants soon followed, but the occult symbols and practices of Samhaine are still dominant.
So what’s a parent to do with Halloween? Before making a decision to “go along with the crowd” and celebrate this pagan holiday, I suggest you get informed. As one who was personally involved in the occult, and as a documentary filmmaker, I partnered with Cutting Edge Films to create “Halloween: Trick or treat?” The film uses actual footage of pagan rituals – not recreations – and comments from currently practicing druids and witches to explore Halloween’s origins. It explains the pagan symbolism of trick-or-treating and jack-o’-lanterns, as well as other seemingly harmless “harvest” fun.
In a disturbing yet eye-opening interview included in the video, a former Satanist tells of his experience growing up in a Satanic coven. Now a committed Christian, the gentleman recalls a childhood of fear and sexual abuse. At age 11, he participated in a Halloween-night ceremony in which a young girl was sacrificed on an altar and her blood shared by adult participants. As an adult, Halloween and its “symbols of death,” he says, bring back memories of abuse and horrible images.
Read more at http://caryl.tv/blog/the-dark-side-of-halloween/