By Reeves

JACK-O-LANTERNThe Origin of Halloween

Most of us when we see pumpkin (or otherwise known as Jack-o-Lantern) we think of Halloween. Little kids find it very fascinating and awesome as some adults do. But few of us know how or where the celebration of Halloween originated and what it means for us as Christians.

When I was a satanist, Halloween was somehow “sacred” and mystical in a lot of ways. I’m sure that October 31st is a special day for satanists, witches, occultists, and even for the ordinary people. Now that I’m cleansed and was bought a price with the holy blood of Christ, I no longer toy with it.

Halloween’s origins date back to the ancient Celtic festival of Samhain (SOW-IN) AND is a pagan holiday that is celebrated on October 31. It marks the end of Summer and the beginning of Winter. The Celts, who lived 2,000 years ago in the area that is now Ireland, the United Kingdom, and northern France, celebrated their new year on November 1.

This day marked the end of summer and the harvest and the beginning of the dark, cold winter, a time of year that was often associated with human death. 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.

It was a pagan belief that on one night of the year the souls of the dead return to their original homes, there to be entertained with food. If food and shelter were not provided, these evil spirits would cast spells and cause havoc toward those failing to fulfill their requests.Sacrifices were offered on this night to the dead spirits because it was thought they visited their earthly dwellings and former friends.

Going from a Celtic Celebration to Christianity

By the 800’s, the influence of Christianity had spread into Celtic lands. In the seventh century, Pope Boniface IV designated November 1 All Saints’ Day, a time to honor saints and martyrs. Some experts believe that he was attempting to replace the pagan holiday with a Christian celebration. Pope Gregory III later changed the date of remembrance to November 1 when he dedicated a chapel in St. Peter’s Basilica to “all saints.” November 1 became All Saints Day, otherwise known as All Hallow’s Day.