The celebration of Halloween, a word that comes from “All Hallows Evening”, also known as “All Hallows Eve”, or “All Saint’s Eve”, that takes place on the 31st of October, on the Eve of the Christian celebration of All Saints Day; has its origins in the Celtic pagan festival of Harvest, also known as “Samhain”.
This pagan ritual which pre-dates Christianity was commemorated from the evening of the 31st of October to the evening of the 1st of November.
In the Gaelic concept of this festival, it was considered that on that day, the “spirits of the forest”, meaning Elves, Fairies, Gnomes, and other spiritual beings came in touch with humans, and so the celebration went from a common festival into a spiritual event.
With the arrival of Christianity to the British Isles the Christian Church established on the 1st of November the celebration of all Saints Day, commemorating all the Martyrs and Non officially canonised saints in Glory in the hope to also outroot this pagan practice, but without success. From Ireland expanded to England and from there to the American British colonies.
Already, from the middle ages and the revival of magic and esoteric practices in Europe, the celebration took a more sinister tone, invoking malignant spirits and characters of the Underworld, like Witches and monsters, and in this condition migrated to America.
THE PUMPKIN LAMP
It was this time as well where the pumpkin lamp came into popular usage, that according to the legend, it was originally made by Jack, a condemned soul who wanders the Earth with the pumpkin lamp looking for a place to spend eternity.
TRICK OR TREAT
The practice of children knocking on doors looking for sweets or other presents by saying “Trick or Treat”.
This originally was an incantation where someone is demanded to give something (Treat) under the threat of suffer a malignant magical spell (Trick).
HALLOWEEN AND CHRISTIANITY
These days the practice has become very commercialized and has extended to most parts of the world and even though is mostly carried out by innocently children, the dark background of it still can be felt through the depictions of monsters, vampires, witches and other demonic figures.
True Christianity rejects this celebration because, regardless whether it is done consciously or not, it implies a celebration of the kingdom of Satan and all his dark forces, who on this day, under a façade of innocence, seeks to get closer to humanity and be accepted as part of their lives.
As a matter of principle, true Christians should abstain from partaking into any form of this celebration in anyway.
Those who do partake of it in rebellion to God should incur into ipso facto excommunication and be excluded from the Assembly until public display of repentance.