Continuing the reprint of Dr. Russell Tardo’s publication ‘What’s Wrong with Halloween’, the first of his five points is,
1. The Halloween celebration is thoroughly rooted in Paganism and the Occult.
History traces it back to the ancient religion of the Druids, a religion so evil that Rome forbad its practice. The American People’s Encyclopedia explains: ‘The origin of Halloween customs antedate Christianity. The Druids, members of pagan orders in Britain, Ireland and Gaul, held a celebration on October 31, the eve of the festival of Samhain. It was a night of ghosts and fairies, in which bonfires were built and futures were foretold and witches rode through the sky.”
Superstitions linking cats with reincarnation made them special objects of notice on Halloween. Unquestionably, the holiday had its origin with the pagan Druids, only they called it the ‘Festival of Samhain-the lord of the dead.’ Samhain was nothing more or less than a demon (a demon spirit of death at that, or perhaps he may have been Satan himself) who was given special homage on Halloween. This is where the emphasis on death comes from on that night. Death symbols such as coffins, tombstones, skeletons, skulls and crossbones, ghosts, mummies and graveyards are common Halloween decorations.
Numerous legends surrounded the holiday, but two significant things supposedly occurred on that night:
First, it was believed that the dead would rise out of their graves and wander the countryside trying to return to the homes where they formerly lived. Frightened villagers tried to appease these wandering spirits by offering them gifts of fruits and nuts. If not placated, the villagers feared that the spirits would kill their flocks or destroy their property. This is the origin of our present-day trick-or-treat! It’s a custom born ot of superstition, and pagan superstition at that!
Furthermore, it is a blasphemous perversion of the Christian belief in the resurrection. In Christianity, the righteous dead are resurrected in a glorified, immortal body. In Druidism, the dead are raised as horrifying creatures of the night, hideous monsters, decaying skeletons, vampires, etc. They received not glorified bodies, but grotesque ones; not immortal bodies, but inhuman ones.
Seconds, Samhain was the supreme night of Demonic jubilation. This was a celebration of the beginning of Winter and darkness, as daylight grew noticeably shorter, and nights lengthier. The hoards of hell would roam the earth in a wild celebration of darkness and death, all in honor of Samhain! Pity the poor mortal forced to travel on such a night! The only thing the superstitious people knew to do to protect themselves on such an occasion was to masquerade as one off the demonic hoard, and hopefully blend in unnoticed among them! This is the origin of Halloween masquerading as devils, imps, ogres, and other demonic creatures.
The question is, should Christians adopts such practices? Can we borrow the pagan customs and superstitions of ancient peoples and ‘Christianize’ them? The Bible is not silent on the subject:
“Learn not the way of the heathen … for the customs of the people are vain.” (Jeremiah 10:2-3)
“When thou are come into the land which the Lord thy God giveth thee, thou shalt not learn to do after the abominations of those nations” (Deut. 18:9)
Ephesians 5:11 declares,
“And have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather reprove them.”