Halloween - Harmless Fun or Pagan Rituals?
by Ruth Gordon
For the past few years parents have become increasingly aware of the dangers facing their children at schools which have adopted New Age techniques into their curriculum or counseling programs.
Concerned parents have banded together to battle school boards and administrators, demanding removal of these materials, and are doing so with measured success across the nation.
Some schools have also implemented policies prohibiting the celebration of any holiday that is religious in nature. At Yorktown Elementary School in Yorktown, Virginia, Holly Cooke, a mother of two of their students, reported last year that the school has discontinued calling their annual Christmas celebration a Christmas Party, it is now called a Winter Carnival.
All Christian-oriented Christmas decorations were disallowed yet, oddly, a Jewish religious symbol - the Menorah - was placed in the foyer of the school beside a Christmas tree.
Even Christian Christmas hymns were omitted from their song time, and only secular Christmas songs permitted.
Ms. Cooke plans to go to the class her son is in to talk to his teacher about their Halloween party. "It is not that I don't want the children to have a party, but I don't want any of the demonic / Satanic decorations such as witches, ghosts and goblins," she explains.
Educators, however, seem bent on defending the observance of another religious holiday - Halloween - purporting it as merely being fun and not having religious substance.
Yet sordid Occultic practices lurk under the cloak of this seemingly innocent traditional festival celebrated at the end of October.
The origin of this holiday can be traced thousands of years back before the days of Christianity, to the ancient Celts (many of today's Halloween customs and traditions come from the Celts of what is now known as Ireland, Scotland, Wales and Northern France) and their priests, the Druids.
The Druids believed that people needed to be cleansed after they died. The souls of the departed were transferred by magic to the bodies of animals.
"During the night of October 31, the enchanted souls were freed by the Druid god, Samhain [the god of the dead], and taken together into the Druid heaven. This festival was always accompanied by animal and sometimes human sacrifices and linked with all kinds of magic" (Occult ABC, Kurt Koch, p. 87).
"In spite of the coming of Christianity, this Pagan festival continued to be observed until the sixth century. Gregory the Great (A.D. 540-604) advised the Archbishop of Canterbury to retain the hitherto Druid sacrifices and celebrate them in honor of the Christian saints" (Ibid, p. 88).
(Note: The next six paragraphs contain quotes from secular books about witches and the Occult.)
1) "Christian holidays were deliberately set at times that had been sacred since the earliest Pagan days. The Christians knew the power Paganism had over the people, and usually, renamed rather than reinvented holidays" (Witches, by Erica Jong, 1981, p. 124).
2) Halloween is strongly associated with goddess worship. "It is a time when the summer goddess (the Great Mother) relinquishes her power to the winter god (the Horned God)" (Ibid, p. 122).
3) The best known of all the feasts, Halloween is "looking in mirrors at midnight, bobbing for apples (the tree of knowledge and immortality) or eating them from strings which enacts the battle for life in death" (Magic For The Aquarian Age, Marian Green, 1983, p. 131).
4) "It is a time of ghosts and weird stories, but as a Pagan rite it is the time when the dead and the living and the unborn children step outside the circle of time to meet, to talk and to exchange information. The door of the circle is left open and a place is laid with rich food and wine to be offered to the Goddess when she joins her worshipers, who are her children" (Ibid, p. 131).
5) In essence, Halloween is a holiday that recognizes (and seeks to remedy) the sun's retreat. In pre-Christian times, great bonfires were lit to stimulate the sun through imitative magic.
6) "When the Christians changed this autumn holiday to All Saints' Day, Pagan symbolism lingered. Thus, October 31 has variously been called, November Eve, Samhain, All Hallow's Eve and (today) Halloween" (Witches, Erica Jong, 1981, p. 122).
Halloween is a day that witches celebrate above all other days. It is a festival of the dead, and represents the "end and the beginning of the witches year. It marks the beginning of the death and destruction associated with winter. At this time the power of the underworld is unleashed, and spirits are supposedly freed to roam about the earth; it is considered the best time to contact spirits" (Halloween and Satanism, P. Phillips and J.H. Robie, 1987, p. 146).
"There is another religious group which is equally serious about its Halloween celebrations: the Satanists. Halloween to them is a more sinister and direct celebration of death and Satan; they celebrate [it] as one of his two highest holy days. At Halloween the sacrifices of some of these satanic cults are unspeakably vicious and brutal" (Like Lambs To The Slaughter, Johanna Michaelsen, 1989, p.190).
This includes a series of six weeks of rituals including the slaughter of a small animal like a bird or cat, progressing through each week with a larger animal such as a goat, and then the murder of a small infant or child until the final night where they ritually murder not only another child but also an adult female (Ibid, p. 192).
With the current rise of rebellion amongst our youth and Satanism on the increase, certainly our school systems have an ethical and legal obligation to cease from perpetuating the celebration of this Pagan holiday.
In order to combat this, all should become educated regarding the connection of Satanism and witchcraft with Halloween today. Approach the teachers and administrators with adequate documentation. Suggest that a Fall or Harvest Festival would be a harmless substitute to celebrate during this season.