I can personally say that at first, it was difficult to avoid celebrating the holiday Halloween after many years of participating in all its activities. October 31 used to be, without question, one of my favorite holidays. For 38 years, I thought that celebrating Halloween was "just harmless fun."
As a result, I decided that on this particular day of the year, October 31, I was no longer going to worship the traditions of the world. Instead, I would choose to worship my savior, Jesus Christ.
Halloween Customs Broken Down
Halloween- Celts believed that on the night before the new year, the boundary between the worlds of the living and the dead became blurred. On the night of October 31 they celebrated Samhain, when it was believed that the ghosts of the dead returned to earth. In addition to causing trouble and damaging crops, Celts thought that the presence of the otherworldly spirits made it easier for the Druids, or Celtic priests, to make predictions about the future. For a people entirely dependent on the volatile natural world, these prophecies were an important source of comfort and direction during the long, dark winter. http://www.history.com/topics/halloween
Carving a Pumpkin into a Jack O' Lantern- This custom is based on the tale called "Stingy Jack," and is about an alcoholic in a bar who tricks the devil for one more drink. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stingy_Jack
Dressing up in Halloween Costumes-On Halloween, when it was believed that ghosts came back to the earthly world, people thought that they would encounter ghosts if they left their homes. To avoid being recognized by these ghosts, people would wear masks when they left their homes after dark so that the ghosts would mistake them for fellow spirits. http://www.history.com/topics/halloween
Handing out Candy on Halloween night-ancient practice of leaving food and wine for roaming spirits. The practice was referred to as "going a-souling." http://www.history.com/topics/halloween
Decorating your home for Halloween Fright Night-To commemorate the event, Druids built huge sacred bonfires, where the people gathered to burn crops and animals as sacrifices to the Celtic deities. During the celebration, the Celts wore costumes, typically consisting of animal heads and skins, and attempted to tell each other's fortunes. When the celebration was over, they re-lit their hearth fires, which they had extinguished earlier that evening, from the sacred bonfire to help protect them during the coming winter. http://www.history.com/topics/halloween
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