Halloween is thought of by many people [true Christians as well] as being candy, costumes, and fun with a few harmless pranks along the way. Halloween is celebrated and participated in without any thought being taken about its origin or real meaning. But it is impossible to separate Halloween from the Druids – the ones who originated this “holiday”.
For several hundred years before Christ, the Celts inhabited what is now France, Germany, England, Scotland and Ireland. The Celts had priests which were called Druids. Greek and Roman writings tell us that the Druids dwelt heavily on their frequent and barbaric human sacrifices, and they detail the Druid’s use of magic to raise storms, lay curses on places, kill by the use of spells, and create magical obstacles.
The Celtic people were eventually conquered by the Romans, and by 47 A.D., Rome outlawed human sacrifices performed by the Druids in England. From this, a few remaining Druids escaped the reach of Rome and went underground. Today a growing group of people claiming to be of direct Druid descent still practice their religion including human sacrifice. Those in England still perform ceremonies at Stonehenge.
November 1st was the Celtic New Year. October 31st was celebrated by the Druids with many human sacrifices and a festival honoring their sun god and Samhain, the lord of the dead [that’s their name for the devil!]. They believe that the sinful souls of those who died during the year were in a place of torment, and would be released only if Samhain was pleased with their sacrifices.
Irish records tell of the fascination the Catholic monks had with the powerful Druids, and the Druids soon became important members of their monasteries. Pope Gregory the Great decided to incorporate the Druid’s holiday into the [Catholic] church. He made the proclamation, “They are no longer to sacrifice beasts to the devil, but they may kill them for food to the praise of God, and give thanks to the giver of all gifts for his bounty.” Pope Gregory III moved the church festival of October 31st to November 1st and called it All Hallows or All Saints’ Day. Pope Gregory IV decreed that the day was to be a universal church observance. The term Halloween comes from All Hallows Eve.
The founding fathers of America refused to permit the holiday to be observed because they knew it was a pagan holiday. Halloween was not widely celebrated in the U.S. until about 1900. In the 1840’s there was a terrible potato famine in Ireland which sent thousands of Catholic Irish to America. They brought Halloween with them.
The modern custom of going from door to door asking for food and candy goes back to the time of the Druids. They believed that the sinful lost souls were released upon the earth by Samhain for one night on October 31st while they awaited their judgment. They were thought to throng about the houses of the living and were greeted with banquet-laden tables.
People greatly feared these spirits and thought that the spirits would harm and even kill them if the sacrifices they gave did not appease Samhain. They carved demonic faces into pumpkins or large turnips, placing a candle in them to keep the evil spirits away from the homes.
Very little archaeological evidence of the Druids has been found, but there is excellent agreement between the Roman and Irish documents. Both clearly state that the knowledge of the Druids was never committed to writings but passed from generation to generation by oral teaching. This was to protect their secrets.
The same is true today. Nothing is put into writing. The Druids continue on secretly with much the same traditions. The widespread problem of harmful substances such as razor blades, drugs, poisons, needles, etc. being placed in Halloween treats here in America is no accident. Testimonies of several ex-Satanists show that these children killed and injured by the “treats” are sacrifices to Satan (or Samhain). Satanists throughout the world continue to perform human sacrifices on Halloween.
Is this something you want your child to participate in?