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Though knowable details about the origins of Halloween are somewhat limited, and the gaps in knowledge offer temptations toward revisionism that few historians can resist, there is no doubt that, with a little digging, one can secure for oneself a satisfactory cobbling together of the origins, history, practices and therefore underpinnings of the celebration known to Americans and others throughout the western world today as Halloween.
There is little doubt that Halloween has its supernatural origins, in terms of associations with death, an afterlife, tormented spirits and demons, in the early pagan culture of the Celts. The pagan Celts looked upon the ‘dark half’ of their year – late fall and winter, a time where darkness dominated light in frequency – a time when illness and death were most prevalent, and long winter or poor harvest meant untimely death for many – not with a reverent fear of the Lord and a trust and reliance upon him to provide for them in the meanest of circumstances, or to deliver them ultimately from even a meager, short existence in the flesh to an heavenly habitation – but as a time of great trepidation – and they believed that the boundaries which separated the temporal world from the supernatural realm became its thinnest, or most transparent at Sow-in. They believed that the spirits of the dead could be transported and move freely amongst the living at this time – and some suggest that Celts would actually disguise themselves AS these spirits in order to evade detection as a possible target of vengeance or other miscreant mischief by these disembodied souls.
As the crusades and other imperialist surges brought Catholicism into cultural dominance throughout Europe, the Welch, Celtic and other pagan cultures had their pagan rituals and festivals ‘Christianized’ – the idea being that if you merely take a cultures idols from them, you will have a fight not worth having, but if the crusading force were to keep, but redefine such practices in terms of one’s own agenda, or beliefs, then the new belief system would be much more palatable. So All Hallows Eve, or Halloween as it became known, was the evening before the artificial construct of All Hallows Day – or All Saints Day – a time which those recognized as Saints by the catholic Church were celebrated and regular Christians who were thought to currently be in another artificial construct known as purgatory could be prayed into Heaven by a sufficient number of prayers. Commonly, those who had departed friends or family who they feared were in purgatory, would offer up ‘soul-cakes’ – I’m not making this stuff up – as a way to get people to pray their departed loved ones into heaven. Many people, commonly beggars and those of mean circumstances, would go door to door – a practice called ‘going a souling,’ collecting cakes in exchange for their promise to pray for those trapped in purgatory.
Though many additions, evolutions and mutations of this necromancy, witchcraft, revellings, banquetings and abominable idolatry occurred throughout Europe over the centuries, including disguising oneself as the opposite gender and violent crimes and mischief, the North American continent had been largely spared, even subsequent to the Puritan pilgrimage to find a land free of cultural impediments to worship. Nearly all Puritans rejected any of the practices that had swept up, over time, into what was now firmly Halloween. It was not until the years just after the Civil War, when the North American continent was infused by a great number of immigrants, many from Scotland and Ireland – those people seeking to escape the famine that ravaged their homelands. The written account of the Celebration of Halloween in North America was in the late part of the 19th century in Ontario, Canada. Soon after, the spread of Halloween onto American soil included both the spirit of influence of Guy Fawkes day, largely celebrated by the British on Nov. 5th every year, and the frustration and violence of a pagan-influenced youth culture of poor Scottish and Irish immigrants, both of Celtic descent and therefore continuing influence, with no fear of God before their eyes, and Halloween, by the first years of the 20th century, had grown to become a night of fear, mayhem, violence, arson, property damage, malicious mischief and drunken debauchery. So widespread was the mischief, that law enforcement could not contain the mischief and American farmers began referring to the night BEFORE Halloween as Gate Night – a night in which, if they didn’t chain their gates securely against the onset of mischief the following night, all of their livestock would turn up missing – as a common ‘prank’ or ‘trick’ was to unlatch all gates to pens that held livestock – the endgame of which was teeming herds of livestock roaming aimlessly the next morning.
Many homeowners began to bribe the youthful vandals against damaging their property on Halloween night with homemade treats, such as popcorn balls and candied apples – setting the treats outside their front doors in the hope that such offerings would keep the hooligans from ‘tricking’ or ‘pranking’ them. Finally, in 1939, both the phrase and the custom or ‘trick or treat’ turned up in print, when Doris Hudson Ross wrote an article in American Home Magazine, which described her successful attempt to avoid her home being ‘pranked’ or ‘tricked’ by hosting a Halloween open house for the kids in her neighborhood – she offered all the children ‘sweets,’ or store-bought candy – and no child vandalized her home – it worked – and the term ‘trick or Treat’ was born. Many other civic-borne substitutes – carnivals, parades, costume parties – continued to subdue the rowdy, undisciplined children’s aggressive mischief on Halloween. Paper costume manufacturers were born, candy companies grew – and American culture drew together all of the past imagery of Halloween as expressed in the commercial art sold to further dress up the occasion – Witches riding brooms, ghosts, bats, skeletons, gravestones, jack o’lanterns all congealed to give Halloween it’s current identifying symbols.
Into the later part of the 20th century, Halloween continued to become the mainstream ‘holiday’ that it is today – Charles Shultz – Charlie Brown Cartoon – The Great Pumpkin – made Halloween as American as apple pie – giving it a distinct Norman Rockwell American mystique that continues to pique the interests of foreign cultures concerning their fascination with all things American. And in the 70s and 80s, the now grown children of the Baby Boom began expanding the celebration out even further – taking it from a child-centric celebration to one of a nostalgic, but decidedly adult, debauched, sexualized and necromanced nature. And American capitalists – well, they capitalized on this – making Halloween the second largest holiday from a revenue generation standpoint, and the professed ‘favorite holiday’ of many citizens of this nation laden with sin – in America alone, we spend over 6 billion dollars a year on the accoutrement of Halloween. Most probably throughout its history, but certainly in the late 20th century to today, the homosexual culture has embraced Halloween as it’s most prized ‘holy day.’ The notions of self-transformation, or going from what you are to what you want to be – is bound up in spiritual wickedness of Halloween, and the fags have taken it to a whole new level. Check out Guavaween in the Cuban District of Tampa or the Halloween parades of San Francisco, Grennwich Village or Phoenix, for instance.
Make no mistake, Halloween is not only pagan idolatry, but it represents every imagination, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God. It is Satanic, all of its influences are godless, and there is not a compelling Bible-based argument available for the practice of it, anytime, anywhere, under any circumstances. If you call yourself a Christian, you have NO BUSINESS coming even a country mile from celebrating Halloween. And any of that ‘Oh, come on – it’s just fun – it’s just dress up – its candy – there’s no harm. Quit being a self-righteous prude’ is an argument belched forth from the bowels of Hell. If you are a Christian – your non-delegable duty is to raise your child in the nurture and admonition of the Lord – even if you were taught wrong and celebrated Halloween, ignorantly, in your youth.
There is no cogent position available, for the mixing of Christianity and Halloween. It is pagan idolatry. It is fag-speak. If you want to let your child dress up, then buy them a costume. If you want your child to have some candy, then give them some. But as soon as you endorse Halloween as something they should embrace, look forward to, engage in and promulgate, you are passing your child through the fires unto Molech. It is not the furthering of cultural nostalgia or superstition worthy of inspiring a holiday. It is a pernicious, dark, menacing force – fueled and enriched by the diabolical brain of his majesty the Devil. God Hates Halloween.