With Halloween being in October, there will be many October surprises happening at every turn. There will be witches and warlocks to ghosts and goblins. Throw in a few fairies and princesses along with some beautiful angels and you have the making for wonderful October surprises getting ready for trick-or-treat night. Where did Halloween begin and what is Halloween about? Lets find out.
Halloween night children and adults will be out celebrating. However, a few people take Halloween seriously. Take for instance those who claim to be a real modern day witch or those that practice witchcraft for fun.
On Halloween night, witches and Wiccans feel Halloween night is separation between spiritual and physical realities. Many say the veil is at its thinnest and least guarded at this time. During this time, some believe you can speak to the dead and that it is a time to end bad situations and relationships. Most important there is a glimmer of hope for the future.
Wiccans and witches refer to Halloween as Samhain because it’s the end of the third and final harvest. This day is the most coveted sabbat by Wiccans and many pagan religions.
Some may disagree with what Halloween really means or disagree with how Wiccans, pagans or witches go about things during the month of October. Halloween is a time of celebration for many people in many different ways.
For children they don’t think about death, witches, and spiritual realms of any sort. The only thing children think of is receiving free candy on Halloween night or going to haunted houses. Don’t take this away from children who enjoy the one night of year they can be who they want and get free candy.
However, many Christian beliefs think celebrating Halloween is wrong. This is where thinking becomes fuzzy. It is sad that many Christians won’t celebrate Halloween because it’s evil. Evil is only in the eyes of the beholder.
Where Did Halloween Begin
Halloween began over 200 years ago by Celtics and lived in what are now Wales, England, Scotland and Ireland. This was a time to give thanks to the sun god for harvest. Sounds simple enough, right? Giving thanks is not something bad.
What Is Halloween About
Halloween is all saints day. All souls day and all hallows eve is a festival to honor Samhain or “lord of death”. On the eve of festival Samhain called together wicked spirits in the last 12 months that were inhabited to bodies of animals.
It was a pagan’s belief that the dead return to original homes and given food. If they souls were not given food and shelter, they would cast evil spells. They would also cast havoc on those failing to fulfill requests. During this time, sacrifices were made to the dead spirits because they thought they were visiting former friends and earthly dwellings.
As belief had it, good spirits carried the spirits of “good men” away to paradise. Leaving behind the “wicked men” to wonder space between earth and moon or to the unseen world. It was believed that wandering spirits haunted the living people. Many of whom had a way to be exorcised. To exorcise you had to be free from evil sway and had to provide food and shelter during the night. If they were happy with your offering, you were left alone but if they were not happy, they cast a spell upon you.
Today, witchcraft and Satanism covens, which means that Satan himself comes to his followers to fellowship with them. Changes have occurred since that time but one thing stay the same. The practice of giving an “offering” has not changed. For many even the offering is wrong but there again it’s all in ones belief. Don’t judge someone who celebrates Halloween in a different way. Everyone has his or her own beliefs about Halloween and how to celebrate. So respect that belief and put no one down. Even those who believe and live by witchcraft is owed respect.
For more information visit, History and Customs of Halloween.