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Some argue that Halloween, which originated as a pagan harvest festival and perpetuates themes of witchcraft, black magic and pranksterism, is a Satanic holiday. Others disagree, martialling an array of historical facts to show that the holiday itself has been unfairly demonized by religious groups. What do you think? Is celebrating Halloween tantamount to devil-worship?

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October 18, 2008 at 7:02 pm
(1) Sue says:

It most certainly IS a Satanic holiday! DON’T celebrate it! Anything that is NOT of God and Jesus IS Satanic! It IS a Satanic, Pagan holiday! Instead celebrate God’s miracles of turning the leaves different colors and such! I am passing out Jesus tracts and such for Halloween instead of candy! Pass out Christian alternatives instead of candy! Many schools have banned costumes and rightfully so! YES, it sure IS Satanic, DON’T celebrate it!

October 22, 2010 at 11:53 am
(2) ruby martinez says:

no noo nooooo ur all wrongggg!

October 27, 2011 at 1:08 pm
(3) sam says:

If you are so against this day that you are NOT educated on. Why would you open your door and welcome trick or treats to begin with. This just proves how twisted you. You either celebrate or NOT. There is not a in between on Christian beliefs that’s not being true Christian my friend. Hallow Eve for the meaning…to worship the SAINTS IN HEAVEN! is NOT worshiping SATAN at all. My birthday is Nov. !st which is ALL SAINTS DAY! I worship all the saints in Heaven thank you. Nov. 2nd…which is All Soul’s Day is a Roman Catholic day of remembrance for friends and loved ones who have passed away. EDUCATE YOURSELF ON CHRISTIANITY before you start to bash the meaning behind it and not follow you own BELIEFS!

October 23, 2008 at 11:53 am
(4) stephanie, says:

well sue,i think your worng,you will not go to hell if you celebrat this holladay,lightin up its olny a day where kids dress up and get candy and have fun… All Saints’ Day. It was a day of religious festivities in various northern European Pagan traditions..so it was religious hailday before it got to all this other stuf i love halloween its my favotite so i gess im going to hell (hell here i come) hahaa …

October 27, 2008 at 3:23 pm
(5) Tina says:

If you really want to know the truth about Halloween, do a Google search for “Halloween History” and check out a book on Satanism from the library. Yes, Sue, Halloween was originally a pagan holiday (Celtic, at least 2000 years ago) where animals were sacrificed to pagan gods, or demons. But then the Roman Catholic church tried to replace it with a new Christian holiday (All Hallow’s Eve). Unfortunately, the paganism was still fairly ingrained. Nowdays, satanists, modern-day witches (I’ve met a couple), and modern-day pagans generally deem it their foremost holy day (holiday). And no, Stephanie, you will NOT go to hell for celebrating Halloween. Only refusing to accept Jesus Christ as your personal Lord and Savior will land you that destination (Call 1-800-Need-Him if you have questions about that). However, you might want to talk to a police officer who has had to participate in an investigation relating to remains found of a satanic ritual. What you learn may well cause you to see your lunch twice as well as keep a much closer reign on your kids during the weeks leading up to October 31. But what you do with all of this information is really a matter of personal conviction. I personally have chosen not to celebrate Halloween anymore, even though it used to be one of my favorite holidays (who doesn’t like a good excuse to dress up, right?). But God does not look at whether or not you are Trick-or-Treating, He looks at your heart (1 Samuel 16:7) — is it responding to or rejecting Him?

September 8, 2010 at 5:00 pm
(6) Shane says:

I’m sorry, but you are wrong. God does look at the things that we do. Everything we do, whether good or bad does come from ther heart. You said that basically a person can only be lost if they “reject Jesus,” but the bible says that there are those who profess to know Him, yet they deny Him by their works. Also, according to Jesus, there will be many who did wonderful things in the name of Christ, yet Christ will tell them “depart from me.” They didn’t “reject Christ” thet just would not obey him, which ultimately proves that they did not truly repent and trust Him.

October 27, 2008 at 9:38 pm
(7) Jackie says:

Thank you for your thoughtful remark regarding Halloween-to many times “Christians” don’t show the love of Christ as the Bible tells us- I think most people would be surprised to know that every holiday (except maybe Thanksgiving, and then we hurt the native Americans) has a pagan back ground, this would include Christmas- And yet it is celebrating fondly by most Christians I know-I think you were right to say your own convictions as God is quit able to “talk” to each person’s heart!

March 30, 2009 at 1:04 pm
(8) Hedley says:

Halloween Was not originally Satanic. It was a Pagan holiday of the Celtic. However, much of our common day Halloween comes from The Mexican “Day of the dead” where they make it a large celebration. Also, the food being offered (however now to the living rather than the dead) can be traced back to the ancient Egyptian religions. As it has been spread around the world, it has become more of a time to waste money on costumes and Candy, but it has also been picked up by such religions as Wicca and many other Pagan religions, and of course Satanism. They usually consider it just a simple holy day to worship the god/s or goddesses. The Satanists, not having any gods, usually just enjoy it as a day of celebration.

May 1, 2009 at 6:50 pm
(9) Czarria says:

Satanism and Paganism are NOT the same. Clearly different animals. Halloween started off pagan. And hey, if you’re going to naysay all holidays that got stolen from Paganism, I guess you christians can’t celebrate easter or christmas. Research it before you open your mouth.

August 12, 2009 at 12:03 am
(10) Lillith says:

The satanic only holiday is the birthday of the Satanic, or so I’ve heard.

September 28, 2009 at 2:45 pm
(11) Dawn says:

Regardless of Halloween’s history? What is Halloween today? The more gorry and gross, the more authentic it is. It is all about who can be the sluttiest or the grossest and about how much candy you get. It is a night of excess and gluttony. I find few redeeming qualities about the whole affair.

October 6, 2009 at 3:00 pm
(12) jina says:

ROOTS OF COURSE IS SATANIC BIBLE
EVEN SATANIC BIBLE MENTIONS HALLOWEEN AS AN OFFICIAL HOLIDAY GOOD LUCK CELEBRATING SATAN!
:)

October 13, 2009 at 3:01 pm
(13) Cameron says:

All of you who said that Halloween is a awesome holliday think again, think satan was a angel orignally that was kicked out of heaven for doing bad stuff if you want to follow in his foot steps, go ahead I wont stop you! Those of you who say it is wrong I salute you!!!!!!!!

October 20, 2009 at 5:06 pm
(14) oswaldo says:

peoples have their own choices so we know that the result of our action will be seen halloween is a pagan celebration is a worshiping to the devil is evil party no matter which way we can see it it does not change in the rule of GOD is an abomination so is up to you to celebrate and be part of that horrendous satan worship

October 28, 2009 at 5:28 pm
(15) justin says:

Do some major Deliverance on yourself for ever celebrating halloween. Burn any left over halloween stuff in your home. Don’t even open your doors to pass out “tracts”. If you do, then you are celebrating this unholy day.

No matter what you think of halloween, know that it is the very highest satanic holy day. As a Christian, you should not be observing it in any way, especially IN your church. The catholic church is responsible for this day to be placed in the church.

Halloween has never been a Christian holiday, and it has no place in the life of a born again Believer in JESUS CHRIST. In fact, it is an abomination to God, and we should take our stand firmly against it. As we look at its history, we find that its roots go deep into heathenism, paganism, satanism and the occult; and its modern expression is no better.

October 5, 2011 at 12:15 pm
(16) MABELLA says:

2 CORINTHIANS SAYS: DO NOT BE YOKED TOGETHER WITH UNBELIEVERS. FOR WHAT DO RIGHTEUSNESS AND WICKEDNESS HAVE IN COMMON? OR WHAT FELLOWSHIP CAN LIGHT HAVE WITH DARKNESS. HOLLOWEEN IS A SATANIC HOLYDAY BUT EVEN IF IT WASNT WHY SHOULD A CHRISTIAN BE DRESSING UP LIKE DEAD PEOPLE? WHAT FELLOWSHIP CAN LAGHT HAVE WITH DARKNESS???

October 29, 2009 at 9:53 am
(17) Celeste says:

Thank you Justin! Halloween is definitely a high holy day for the occult. They do not make any bones about it. Satan is their god and lord. As Christians (followers of Christ/Christlike)we worship Christ’s birthday at Christmas, the occult worships Satan’s birthday on Halloween. Christians, do not think for one minute that if you particpate in this holiday that it will not affect your life or your childrens. It will. It is of the dark side (very evident). Everything you do in this life and in this body will affect you one way or the other in a spiritual nature. Parents, you will be held accountable for what you allow your children to participate in. Do not be decieved. What a man sows, he will also reap.

October 31, 2009 at 3:07 am
(18) Alexa says:

Satanic Calendar:

OCTOBER
22 – 29 Sacrifice preparation: kidnapping, holding and ceremonial preparation of person for human sacrifice.

28 – 30 Satanist high unholy days: Related to halloween. Human sacrifices.

31 All hallow’s Eve (Halloween): One of the two most important nights of the year. Attempts are made to break the bond which is keeping the doors to the underworld closed. Blood and sexual rituals. Sexual association with demons. Animal and human sacrifice – male or female.

“After one’s own birthday, the two major Satanic holidays are Walpurgisnacht and Halloween (or All Hallow’s Eve).”
– page 96, para 4, ‘The Satanic Bible’.

The two major Satanic holidays are Walpurgisnacht and Halloween (or All Hallows’ Eve). (Lavey A, Gilmore P. The Satanic Bible. Avon, September 1, 1976, p. 96–note it is on page 53 of an online version.)

http://www.fwbt.us/HALLOWEEN.pdf

1. ‘The Dictionary of The Occult And Paranormal’ defines Halloween as “Originally a pagan festival of darkness, fire, and death. All Hallows’ Eve was celebrated by the Celts of Northern Europe …Halloween was also an important date on the witches calendar.”

2. ‘The Encyclopedia, Man, Myth, And Magic’, states: “All Hallows’ Eve, or Halloween, was originally a ‘festival of fire’, for the dead, and the powers of darkness.”

HISTORIC PRACTICES:

1. HUMAN SACRIFICES: men, women, and children were imprisoned each year in Wickerwork towers (large wicker cages), by the Druids. These cages were burned making the prisoners inside “human sacrifices”. This was done to worship Satan and Samhain (the Lord of the Dead).

2. “TRICK OR TREAT”: The Druids would go from house to house every October 31st to collect offerings for Satan. They would make a demand of a child or a virgin for sacrifice, or short of that, they would castrate the male member of the household (or male animals on the farm) — the victim was the Druids’ “Treat”.

When some “unfortunate” could not meet the demands of the Druids, a symbolic hex (Satanic pentagram) was drawn on the front door of the dwelling. That night Satan or his demons would kill someone in that home — the “Trick”.

3. BONFIRES: Superstitious people believed that the spirits of the dead were released on All Hallows Eve, to seek their old dwelling places and stalk the countryside. Bonfires were lit to keep ghosts (demons) away.

4. MASKS & COSTUMES: These were tangible representations of what lurked, unseen in the night — worn by people because they thought in doing so, they would not be distinguished from the demons.

5. PUMPKINS: The people to be sacrificed on Halloween were randomly selected by the Druids. The Druids would then leave a pumpkin on the doorstep with a lighted candle made of human fat, to prevent those inside from being killed by Satan or his demons that night.

http://amethystministries.org/Halloween.html

Hope it helps! God bless.

February 1, 2010 at 2:30 pm
(19) Mark says:

So much misinformation from those opposed to Halloween. Jina, you claim the root of Halloween is the Satanic Bible. The Satanic Bible was written in 1969 by a kook and charleton named Anton LeVay and much of what he included in it was garbage he made up out of thin air. The celebration of Halloween, and before that, Samhain, predates 1969 by many centuries. Some satanists may have attempted to coopt Halloween as a holiday, but non-Christian consumerists have coopted Christmas as a winter holiday of spending and excess – does that mean we should stop celebrating the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ? Of course not. Just as we christians can celebrate Christmas without the excessive gift-giving and overeating that MOST indulge in, so too can we celebrate Halloween without the grotesque rituals and intent that satanists, a tiny fringe group, indulge in. Yes, Halloween got its start as Samhain, but there was nothing demonic about it even in the beginning. It was a harvest festival, and people dressed in scary masks NOT to invoke evil spirits, but to FRIGHTEN AWAY EVIL SPIRITS. By the way, we Christians not only coopted Halloween from pagans, we coopted Christmas (Sol Invictus, Saturnalia, and germanic winter solstic festivals) and Easter (worship of Eostre, a germanic and anglo-saxon goddess, as well as other pre-Christian spring rites). Some of you are the same kind of people who, had you been living in Salem in the 1600s, would have burned innocent people alive as witches.

February 1, 2010 at 2:45 pm
(20) Mark says:

Oh, and Alexa, the garbage you posted from “amethyst ministries” is laughable. It is filled with common misconceptions about Druids that have been widely discredited by historians as completely unfounded. Reports of Druid atrocities like human sacrifice are now well understood to be Roman propaganda to justify imperial sacrifice, quite similar to the villification of American Indians by European colonists.

The assertion in your source that REALLY shows how idiotic it is: “5. PUMPKINS: The people to be sacrificed on Halloween were randomly selected by the Druids. The Druids would then leave a pumpkin on the doorstep with a lighted candle made of human fat, to prevent those inside from being killed by Satan or his demons that night.”

Pumpkins, like all members of the squash family, are native to, and originally cultivated in Mexico and Central America, brought back to Europe no earlier than the 1500s, therefore pumpkins would have been completely unknown to Druids living in the pre-Christian British Isles.

July 25, 2010 at 2:35 pm
(21) Leo says:

This is the most retarded comments section I’ve ever seen.
1. Just because you believe that Halloween has Satanic roots, doesn’t mean it does. Seems largely unjustified because it’s based on something that only you believe in (the Bible). Oh wait that’s all of Christianity.
2. Learn your history about Druids, Wicca, and Paganism in general.
3. Check where all your other holidays came from.
4. Quote some REAL references. Example: The Satanic Bible. That’s about as real as the Zombie Survival Guide.
5. For those of you who say that Satan drives people to terrible things on Halloween, such as Satanic rituals, if you don’t know, people do these occult things EVERY DAY. Furthermore, the reason people behave the way they are is because for one day it becomes SOCIALLY ACCEPTABLE. I’m not a big fan of all the stuff kids do, but if you took one sociology class in anytime in your life, then you’d know that a “mysterious force” isn’t required to drive people over their normal boundaries.

October 8, 2010 at 11:54 am
(22) Linda says:

where do you find Christmas in the Bible? Or the date of Jesus ‘ birth? Does it not tell us to not make one day more holy than the other. NEw Age Christians want to make everything about Christ. Christ asked us to remember His DEATH and resurrection, not his birth or Mary or anything else made up to make you feel better. Leave the BIble out of trick or treat, pumpkin carving, fall festivals and all your other made up holidays. He has no place in it. THat’s adding to ..which the Bible strictly warns against!

October 12, 2010 at 7:45 pm
(23) andrew says:

well weather its a satanic day or not it is a pagan holiday ,,, an they worshiped other gods ….. my GOD said have no other gods before me ….but just rember the devil will trick you and HELL WON”T BE A TREAT,,,there is only one way repent the sacifice has already been made … the blood of JESUS …

October 15, 2010 at 11:37 pm
(24) Will says:

SMH……And I wonder why I even bother with Christianity……Halloween ISN’T a ‘Satanic” holiday. For one, it’s only cause of the person who’s birthday falls on halloween is it consider a holiday to the Satanist….. Next, you people are ragging on a part of my heritage. My ancestors celebrated their new year around the end of modern day late october. They would set up bonfires and walk through it as a cleansing process. And as well a whole village would put out their fires in their heaths and get their fires from the “bond”fire. They would dress up and wear masks to ward away evil spirits. As well as hollow out turnips and carve faces and stick them in their windows to keeps spirits at bay….. Children would guise up and go from door to door and amuse people with forms of entertainment for a treat or coin…. So when it overall comes to halloween, leave your ignorance at the door and do some bloody research. Like the saying goes…you’re only as dumb as you look till you open your mouth…..

October 28, 2010 at 4:40 am
(25) Orinoco says:

It is a holiday that is satanic. As much as I would love getting free candy and hanging out with friends, I prefer pleasing God. Do you know that Christians go to Hell because of ignorance. If we ignore sins like celebrating a demonic, satanic holiday, we will go to Hell. Reading the bible will strengthen our knowledge of the word of God. Even things that I do regularly might be of sin because the word of God might say that what I am doing is satanic and not of God and I dont do it from then on. PLEASE, CHRISTIANS, STOP ACTING IGNORANT AND START TRYING TO PLEASE GOD AS MUCH AS WE CAN ON EARTH BEFORE WE ALL PASS AWAY BECAUSE, TRUST ME, I KNOW HE DOES NOT WANT US CELEBRATING HALLOWEEN BECAUSE THE DEVIL CAN STILL GET YOU FROM HELL

October 30, 2010 at 6:43 pm
(26) READER says:

HALLOWEEN IS NOT SATANTIC! Hello People!

Don’t forget THAT ALL SAINTS DAY AND ALL SOUL’S

DAY FOLLOWS AFTER. THE HALLOWEEN legend states

that evil spirits are doomed to take over

cemeteries and harm the tombstones of past

loved ones. Thus,DRESSING UP AS EVIL SPIRITS is

supposed to chase away all the so called evil

goblins,witches,ghosts and such away and protect

the souls of those who deceased.

AND SO WE HAVE.

All Hallow’s Eve Or Halloween- October 31

All Saint’s Day- November 1

All Soul’s Day – November 2

Now Does That Sound Satantic To You? I THINK NOT!

IT’S CHRISTIAN.

October 31, 2010 at 1:40 pm
(27) dartanian says:

This is just a regular day…nothing to celebrate but ur own life…go to zeitgeistmovie.com and watch the first documentary movie and maybe you will gain a little bit of knowledge

November 1, 2010 at 9:45 am
(28) Richard says:

Get real… All religions are sneaky inventions of man.

November 4, 2010 at 8:21 pm
(29) Denis says:

Halloween is not a satanic holiday! Witches, Wiccans, and Pagans DO NOT EVEN BELIEVE IN GOD OR THE DEVIL! Halloween is a time for fun and happiness. If you think Halloween is satanic then march yourself down to hell because your god will never accept you if you criticize so many people.

December 5, 2010 at 3:06 am
(30) lilyup says:

yah..i beleive it was…especially nowadays theres alot of things that are related to satan…almost everything really, i dont need to mention some groups who are around us,,,just remember theres a A seeing Eye hes everywhere hes just watching us…..

December 5, 2010 at 3:13 am
(31) lilyup says:

yah..i beleive it was…especially nowadays theres alot of things that are related to satan…almost everything really, i dont need to mention some groups who are around us,,,just remember theres an All seeing Eye hes everywhere hes just watching us…..

January 12, 2011 at 1:02 am
(32) Enlighten says:

First of all Satanism does not worship “the devil” in fact satanists are atheist (don’t believe in the divine). The reason they call themselves satanist is because they believe the christian church is an oppressor. So they call themselves the opposing force, and many are just looking for that good old shock factor.

October 23, 2011 at 4:24 pm
(33) Nicole says:

I find it funny that people try and cram what they believe down people’s throat. Just because you believe in the bible as the holier than thou gospel word does not make it true. Everyone decifers the same book in different ways. If you believe in not celebrating any holidays or any other thing that may have to do with Wiccan or Pagan ways, then you better crawl your happy butt into a hole, and never surface.

November 25, 2011 at 3:38 am
(34) April says:

I find it funny, the first comment I saw on this subject was posted by Sue. It says anything not associated with Jesus is satanic. I’d like to point out that pagans aren’t associated with Jesus yet, all your “Christian” holidays associated with Jesus have pagan roots. Just check out, Jeremiah 10: 1-5 in the bible if you don’t believe me. It refers to the “tree” cut down by the pagans. That’s actually a fir tree that pagans call a Yule Tree. Yule is on Dec 21st. Be definition, a Yule tree is also known as a Christmas tree. :) Just sayin…

October 31, 2012 at 5:13 pm
(35) debbie says:

I am a christian. Holloween is another day that the Lord has made. Scripture: This is the day that the Lord has made. I will be rejoice and be glad in it. I think it is terrible to call any day, Satan’s day. I never would turn down giving a child a piece of candy and bless them. Love covers a multitude of sins just in case you call trick or treat a sin. To much talk about satan. Just enjoy the precious children comming there in love and fun. God bless.

April 13, 2013 at 9:14 pm
(36) poopsmith says:

Christmas is a Pagan holiday…

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