Monday, 28 October 2013

Halloween: Here's to You ...


I've never really been a big fan of Halloween. As a matter of fact, if there were a Scrooge of Halloween contest, I would probably be in the running as a potential winner.

I don't really know why that is. There was a time that I justified my anti-Halloween views on what some have said are its ancient associations with the occult. For example, some have claimed that Halloween is a day that witches celebrate above all other days.

As an aside, it is interesting that in the tenth century, King Edgar of England admitted that witchcraft was more popular than Christianity. Hmm, isn't it a little peculiar that today many professing Christians are still inthralled with this witchcraft celebration of old?

While Halloween has certainly evolved into child's play, I am reminded that the witchcraft from whence it supposedly came is certainly not child's play, and is actually an abomination in the eyes of God (see Deuteronomy 18:10 and Galatians 5:20). Still, its occultic past troubles me.

Consider also the ancient Druids, who used to put on grotesque and terrifying costumes, believing that if you dressed in a horrible enough fashion and went gallivanting around with the spirits all night, they would be fooled into thinking that you were one of them, and they would leave you alone and do you no harm. The Celts believed that when the spirits came to your house, if you did not treat them, they would trick you.

So today, when we dress ourselves or our children up in Halloween costumes, there is allegedly a connection to the ancient occult superstitions of yesteryear. It is true that many no longer make that association, but sometimes I cannot help but wonder if those same ancient spirits got the memo of disassociation by the modern world.

Well there you have it; and I guess to each their own. Celebrate it or not; it's your call. So, Halloween, here's to you. In our home we do often shop for Halloween candy, but typically not until November 1st, and only so that I might indulge my own sweet tooth at a little bit cheaper price.

Sorry kids, but maybe the neighbours are home. 

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