posted on Oct, 31 2012 @ 10:44 PM
The op has pointed out that according to the view of some, Halloween is Satanic in nature. While the sentiment is there, the point is misguided on
all aspects, and failing to see the actual history behind this one particular day.
All Hallows Eve, Halloween or even Samhain, was once used to mark the end of the harvest and the start of the time of death on the earth. It is
true, that many pagans of old, along with many people believed that the veil between the spirit world and the world has thinned and could visit. The
tradition of wearing costumes comes back to the early dawn of time, and started with the Celts to scare away the spirits from their communities. The
idea of giving out treats or food started during this time frame. As with many religious beliefs, it was later on incorporated in with the Romans to
honor the dead, which was traditionally held in late October and the 2 were merged. As with all things, when the new came in, it would incorporate
the old with the new to allow for the ease in transition and to give credence to the new belief system.
In the year 1000 A.D., the church designated November 2 as All Souls Day, to honour the dead who were not saints, and they eventually became combined
and celebrated as Hallowmas. On All Souls Day, in England, the poor would ‘go a-souling’ They would go door to door asking for food, and in
return, would pray for the souls of their dead relatives. It was widely believed at the time that the souls of the dead would await passage into
heaven until enough people prayed for their souls. The Christian church encouraged this practice to replace the old Pagan tradition of leaving cakes
and wine out for the spirits of the dead. The poor would be given "soul cakes", which were pastries made for those who promised to pray for their
dead relatives. In some cultures, soul cakes would be given in exchange for a performance or song as well. Children eventually adopted this practice,
and were given food, ale, or money.
As was pointed out by prior posts, Satanism has absolutely nothing to do with Halloween, save that it is used as a passing of the year and the turn of
the wheel. There is nothing evil, nothing wrong with such. If anything if it means that we sit and reflect on our ancestors and what they did during
their lives, to include the happiness and joys of seeing them, is that such a bad thing?