The real Halloween

By Hal Lindsey

Halloween is celebrated across America as a harmless folk holiday. Some people spend more time decorating their house for Halloween than they do Christmas. But Halloween is not just a harmless kids holiday. It is the high holy day of Satanism.

Halloween is based on an ancient Celtic religious holiday. The Celts were pagan nature worshippers. Halloween was born out of the Celtic festival of Samhain that was observed on Oct. 31, the end of summer. The Druids were the Celtic class of priests. Among their beliefs were reincarnation and the transmigration of the soul. Samhain was the Lord of the Dead. On Halloween, he gathered the souls of the evil dead and cast them into the bodies of animals.

Samhain decided on Halloween what animal form the evil souls would take for the next year. Before that, Samhain would allow the spirits of the dead to return to earth to their former places of habitation for a few hours to associate once again with their families. It was on these occasions that ancient fire festivals would take place, with huge bonfires set on hilltops to frighten away “evil spirits.” Superstitious pagans would put on grotesque masks and dance around these bonfires. Food was put out to allow the good dead that Samhain had released to feel welcome and at home.

Our modern customs are directly related to this pagan celebration. The carved pumpkin originated in the witches’ practice of a skull with a candle inside to light the way to coven meetings. Going from door to door seeking treats originated with the Druid practice of begging material for the bonfires.

This is all harmless, right? Wrong. According to the Encyclopedia Britannica, “Halloween was thought to be the most favorable time for divinations concerning marriage, luck, health and death. It was the only day on which the help of the devil was invoked for such purposes.” A recent University of Chicago national poll revealed that 67 percent of Americans “now profess a belief in the supernatural,” and that 42 percent “believe they have been in contact with someone who died.” Take a look at the size of the occult section of your local Barnes and Noble bookstore. Then count how many shelves are devoted to Christian books.

There is a television program called “Crossing Over” in which the host regularly consults with the dead spirits of audience members’ loved ones. Despite the exposure of Miss Cleo as a fraud, psychic hotlines are a billion-dollar industry.

The Harry Potter books and movies are unprecedented best sellers. Harry is a child wizard who goes to school at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. There he learns how to cast spells, make magic potions and commune with the dead. Children are also introduced to the pagan beliefs of divination and reincarnation. These books are not harmless fantasies. The Harry Potter books indoctrinate young readers into the basic principles of witchcraft – all the while extolling its virtues.

The day we celebrate as a children’s holiday across America is a feast day dedicated to Satan. God’s Word is clear about this: “Let no one be found among you who … practices divination or sorcery, interprets omens, engages in witchcraft, or casts spells, or who is a medium or spiritist who consults the dead. Anyone who does these things is detestable to The Lord.” (Deuteronomy 18:10-12)

So let’s not get caught up in the Devil’s day of celebrating his deception over mankind.