Have a happy and enjoyable Halloween! Give kids lots of candy, wear a costume, and just have a good old time! You may go to Hell for it though, according to some people... The following is from http://www.champs-of-truth.com . Read it, if you can, and let me know what you think of it. I think that some people just don't have enough stuff to worry about!
HALLOWEEN:A DARK HOLIDAY
Every year at the end of October we are treated to the sight of excited children masquerading as witches, pirates, devils, ghosts, vampires, and other symbols of evil. From door to door they go yelling "Trick or treat" collecting candies and tidbits.But is it all fun and games? In this pamphlet we will look at both the history of Halloween and at where it has lead many children and is still leading them today.
The History of Halloween:
Halloween is a "religious day" but is certainly not a Christian day. This day has its origins in the full moon closest to November 1, the new year of real witches and warlocks. They believe that it is a tine when the "Spirits" (demons) are at their peak power.
The origin of Halloween is the Celtic Festival of Sambain, the lord of death and evil Spirits (Encyclopaedia Britannica, 1988, volume 5, p. 646). Long before Jesus Christ ever walked the streets of Jerusalem, Druids in Britain, Ireland, Scotland, France, and Germany observed the end of summer by making sacrifices to Sambain. The Celts con- sidered November 1st as being the day of death because the leaves were falling, it was getting darker sooner and temperatures were dropping. They believed Muck Olla, their sun god was losing strength and Sambain, the lord of death, was overpowering him. Further they believed that on October 31st Sambain assembled the spirits of all who had died during the previous year. They believed that these spirits had been confined to inhabit animal's bodies for the past year as punishment for their evil deeds. They were allowed to return to their former home to visit the living on the eve (Oct. 31) of the feast of Sambain. Druid priests led the people to diabolical worship ceremonies in which horses, cats, black sheep, oxen, human beings and other offerings were rounded up, stuffed into wicker cages and burned to death. This was done to appease Sambain and keep spirits from harming them. HALLOWEEN HAS ALWAYS BEEN A CELEBRATION OF DEATH.
This is the origin of bonfires. The word bonfire actually comes from "bone fire" which was all that was left after the sacrificial ceremonies were ended. Remember that next time you decide to have a bonfire at a social gathering.
To obtain offerings for these bonfires, Druid priests would circulate from home to home asking for animals and humans. Those who gave were promised prosperity in the coming year and those who did not were cursed and threatened.
It was believed that all of the wandering spirits would get hungry. So you could appease them by setting out a treat, and thus avoid the pranks they would otherwise play on you. Thus we see the origin of TRICK OR TREAT.
Believing that evil spirits hate the light, it became a practice to carry a lantern made from a turnip lit with coals from the bonfire. As the people went home from the ceremony, they used these lanterns to ward of evil spirits and to mark those houses which were in sympathy with Druidic practices. Over the centuries this custom came to America, and the turnip was exchanged for the more popular pumpkin. This has become today's Jack-O-lantern.
When you give out candy to the TRICK-OR-TREAT mob you are participating in Druidic practices. In actuality you are stooping to idolatry. In setting a carved pumpkin with a light in it you are participating in the faith of witches.
Dracula, a common figure in Halloween today, does not appear to be from the Druidic tradition. The legend of Dracula today springs from the novel of that title created by B. Stoker. Stoker took some Romanian superstitions and mixed them thoroughly with pseudo-Christian errors to produce the modern Dracula. But there was a real Dracula on whom the superstitions originated, an incredibly bloody and cruel Romanian who called himself "Vlad Dracul" (Vlad the Dragon in English). His claims to infamy are based on the tens of thousands of people he impaled on large stakes and left hanging in agony for hours before they died, and the hundreds he locked in a building and then burned the building down around. Here again the reality behind the symbol is anything but Christian. (For documentation of the real Dracula, see virtually any historical book on the subject in your local library.)
As for costumes, they have their origin in Druidism also. The very people who went on the Druidic Halloween were those who were burning animals and humans to death. But these people themselves, believing their own Satanic faith, feared the spirits they thought to be so powerful on this night. So they dressed up as if they themselves were spirits to avoid being "tricked" by their look-alikes. Their costumes also served to disguise their real identity and throw fear into the inhabitants of the homes they visited. So dressing your children up in Halloween costumes is participating in a Satanic festival.
In fact, Halloween is the first introduction for most children into the occult and is a major force in the spreading of satanic ritual murder in America today.
Our forefathers recognized the harm of Halloween, associating it with the occult. The Pilgrims banned celebrating Halloween in America. This ban lasted until 1845 when thousands of Irish emigrants flooded into New York because of the Irish Potato Famine of 1845-1846. They brought Halloween with them and it gradually spread throughout the country.
THE BIBLE VERSUS HALLOWEEN:
Let's let the Bible speak for itself on this demonic festival of Halloween.
I Corinthians 10:20-21: "But I say that the things which the Gentiles sacrifice, they sacrifice to devils, and not to God: and I would not that ye should have fellowship with devils. Ye cannot drink the cup of the Lord, and the cup of devils: ye cannot be partakers of the Lord's table, and of the table of devils."
The identity of the god of the real Dracula, the man who called himself a dragon, is given in Revelation 12:7,9.
"And there was war in heaven: Michael and his angels fought against the dragon; and the dragon fought and his angels....And the great dragon was cast out, that old serpent, called the Devil, and Satan, which deceiveth the whole world: he was cast out into the earth, and his angels were cast out with him."
The Bible speaks very clearly that the evil spirits that are in the world are not the spirits of departed souls, for the dead are in their graves, unconscious.
Psalms 146:4: "His breath goeth forth, he returneth to the earth, in that very day his thoughts perish."
Isaiah 26:14: "They are dead, they shall not Iive; they are deceased, they shall not rise: therefore hast thou visited and destroyed them, and made all their memory to perish."
John 5:28-29: "Marvel not at this: for the hour is coming, in the which all that are in the graves shall hear his voice, And shall come forth, they that have done good, unto the resurrection of life; and they that have done evil, unto the resurrection of damnation." (If the dead could be alive somewhere they would not need to be resurrected at all!)
Psalms 6:5: "For in death there is no remembrance of thee: in the grave who shall give thee thanks?"
Isaiah 38:18-19: "For the grave cannot praise thee, death can not celebrate thee: they that go down into the pit cannot hope for thy truth. The living, the living, he shall praise thee, as I do this day: the father to the children shall make known thy truth."
Snave's Note: Scheise... I guess I had better go to http://www.chick.com and order pamphlets for the trick-or-treaters, to give them instead of candy. THAT will surely keep the little snot-nosed beggars from coming back next year! Bwahahahaha!!!