You’ve probably never heard of ‘Samhain,’ pronounced Sah-wain. It is the Celtic celebration after the harvest, typically around October 31st, and one of 8 ‘holidays’ that dot the year. It follows the Autumnal Equinox (harvest) and precedes Yule, the Winter Solstice. But, what some may wonder is … is it an evil holiday? Did it involve dressing up in costumes and extorting neighbors of candy with creepy threats?
In a sense, it did. I don’t think the common traipsing around asking for candy was always the rage, but various parts of this holiday have been around a long, long time.
In fact, some believe that the Samhain-Halloween holiday goes back to the pre-flood civilizations. This is not just crazy-talk. Some believe that the 4 main celebrations follow the Spring, Summer, Autumn and Winter equinox-solstice demarcations of the calendar.
Some believe that the Earth was created around September/October, and that the Fall of Man was around the time of … Halloween. Hence, rather than dressing up in fig leaves, we adorn ourselves in disguises to hide from the ‘spirits’ that have come to look for us.
After the Flood, legend says, Noah instituted these holidays again, marking out when the Lord told him to build the ark, when the flood came, when he waters receded and when they exited the ark. And, coincidentally, these events roughly coincide with the 4 main holidays.
So, is Halloween evil?
Frankly, it’s no more evil than Christmas, which is when Yule was celebrated by the Druids. That relates to the Winter Solstice, which was a riotous, immoral celebration and was also believed to be a time when the layer between our world and the Other Realm was thinnest. In fact, Druids believed that one might see Odin–an evil god, actually–cutting across the sky. Of course, Odin, who was bloodthirsty and associated with Satan, morphed into St. Nicholas who would fly across the sky in his sleigh.
The Jack-o-lanterns were used to let people know that you’d performed a human sacrifice. The costumes were to hide from the evil spirits that roamed …
That said, there were likely those who put stock in the creepy aspects of the harvest time. But I’m confident that there were also those who just enjoyed making cider, having a bonfire and enjoying a night of good food, too.
So, should Christian’s celebrate Halloween? I think this is like the whole “meat sacrificed to idols” issue that Paul addresses. We should know that there’s absolutely no significance to the time of the year as it relates to some layer between our realm and the dark realm. God has established the boundaries and the movement of the planets won’t change that.
If kids enjoy dressing up and goofing around, it’s fun. But, if you find it bothers your conscience, you shouldn’t do it. And no one should judge another for what they do or don’t do.
Unless they’re actually meaning something with that carved pumpkin on their porch!