the origin of halloween: christian?

I don’t know how you feel about Halloween, but I have mixed feelings about it. On the one hand, it’s a lot of harmless fun for the vast majority of families (at least in the US). On the other hand, many cults and demonic groups have taken full advantage of the day to hold their own satanic rituals.

But could the origin of Halloween be Christian? Even with all the symbols associated with it today?

David reprints a very interesting article about how halloween came about. It’s a long read, but worth it if you’re interested in it all. Here’s the intro:

For nearly a generation Hallowe’en has been a bone of contention among Christians. Some celebrate it blindly, not knowing (or caring) what it may represent. Many believe it is a pagan ritual whose roots are planted in the soil of historical Druidism. Others abstain from Hallowe’en, convinced that those who celebrate it are unknowingly worshipping Satan. More and more Christians are simply ignoring the day or creating alternatives to it.

And if it is Christian, what about the obvious secularization of the holiday today? Here’s a fun explanation of the jack-o-lantern:

According to tradition, the Jack-O-Lantern is the good-natured result of an old Irish-Christian wives-tale about a miser named Stingy Jack who refused his good wife’s exhortation to go to church. Jack instead frequented saloons, were he eventually met and tricked the Devil himself into paying for the drinks. A year later, on the eve of the Hallowed Day, Jack choked to death, eating a turnip. When he arrived at heaven’s gate he was turned away as an unrepentant sinner. At the gates of hell, Satan drove him off by throwing glowing embers of hell-fire at him, still angry over being tricked. Jack was doomed to walk between heaven and hell until the Judgment Day, still carrying his half-eaten turnip, in which burned the glowing embers he had caught. They called it Jack’s-Lantern, and Christians would put them up to mark the locations of their Hallowe’en parties. According to the legend, if Satan saw such a lantern he would turn and walk the other way rather than risk meeting Stingy Jack in such a gathering.

Bottom line for me is it can be a holiday full of fun for families. I wish the church did a better job emphasizing the importance of All Saints Day on November 1 – in essence the Memorial Day for Christians. I also wish the church wasn’t being pushed around by the ungodly.

As for Patricia and I, we don’t really celebrate it. We also don’t have kids. This year we’re taking the easy way out – we’re going on vacation!

Oh, and this year’s top 10 costumes according to AOL (via Marketing Pilgrim) are:

  1. Star Wars Costumes
  2. Pirate Costumes
  3. Tinkerbell Costumes
  4. Fairy Costumes
  5. Wonder Woman Costumes
  6. The Incredibles Costumes
  7. Power Rangers Costumes
  8. Yoda Costumes
  9. Police Costumes
  10. Alice in Wonderland Costumes

No word on why “Yoda Costumes” don’t count as “Star Wars Costumes” unless it’s just on what terms are searched for. Or if Yoda counts more as a Muppet than a Star Wars character!

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  • I find it interesting that the top ten are all great choices that should be acceptable to the most conservative Christian (I tried to make a humorous list of biblical costumes in my blog). Not a single demon or ghost or witch among the list.

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