The World Book Encylopedia says Halloween is a festival that takes place on October 31st where children wear costumes and masquerading as witches, ghosts, goblins, skeletons, demons, and other grotesque characters hopping through the neighborhood changing “trick or treat” while holding out a sack or basket in which one is to drop a piece of candy or other goodies.
I use to celebrate Halloween when I was younger, and my curiosity wrap up my mind as I grow old, “do we really have to celebrate Halloween?”
History shows that Halloween came from a Celtic Festival called Samhain (pronounced as Sah-ween or Sow-in), where the Celts celebrates the beginning of the new year on November 1st. They believe that on the last evening of the year which is October 31, the ghost of the dead returned to the earth, roamed the world and causing damage to crops and performing other mischief as they searched for living bodies to possess. So on that eve, the celts would dress in scary costumes and parade to the town with an intention of frightening the spirits away.
After the Celtics lands were conquered by the Romans, Samhain was eventually absorbed by the Romans. The Romans, celebrate two holiday, the Feralia which is a day in October to commemorate the passing of the dead and the Pomona to celebrate the goddess of fruit and tress.
In 7th century, Samhain was replaced by the Roman Catholic church as November 1 the All Saint’s Day and November 2 the All Souls Day, a day when the living prayed for the souls of the dead. But the celts tradition of wearing scary costumes still continues. Read more.
My Thoughts about the Halloween
Halloween was merely a tradition by the Celtics and eventually carried out by the Romans. It is very obvious that the elements, symbols, and traditions of the Halloween observance dabbling emphasis on goblins and demons, witches and skeletons, ghosts and apparitions rising from cemeteries denotes a pagan acts. The Halloween was absolutely not in the Bible, but the Bible does talk about witchcraft and paganism, and thus provides guidance on whether Christians should celebrate Halloween. Deuteronomy 18:10-13 (New International Version) says, “Let no one be found among you who sacrifices his son or daughter in [a] the fire, who practices divination or sorcery, interprets omens, engages in witchcraft, or casts spells, or who is a medium or spiritist or who consults the dead. Anyone who does these things is detestable to the LORD, and because of these detestable practices the LORD your God will drive out those nations before you. You must be blameless before the LORD your God.” Some will say that they are not literally practicing these things, and there’s no big deal in it. But then again the Bible says “Take no part in the unfruitful works of darkness, but instead expose them” (Eph. 5:11). “Abstain from all appearances of evil” (1 Thes. 5:22). “Whatever you do, do all to the glory of God” (1 Corinthians 10:31).
I have nothing against to those who celebrate Halloween, it is still our discretion whether we choose to celebrate or not. As for me, the Bible was clear, in providing as guidance whether to celebrate or not to celebrate such Holiday.