Thursday, September 24, 2009

The true origins of Halloween.

I know it’s still early but I need to get this out there before that night arrives. Halloween time is notorious for strange and weird activity and I need to be prepared to devote my full attention to these matters. There is just a little over a month to go before Satan’s birthday …err… Halloween arrives. Every child looks forward to October 31st each year. It’s the one time of the year when both little boys and girls get a chance to throw on their costumes and have them on all night long. You’ll see little vampires, fairies, cheeky werewolves, etc. etc. all bidding for the greatest haul of chocolates, sweets and candies. Interesting indeed.

However, what many of the unsuspecting citizens don’t know is… Halloween has a much deeper, and in many ways, darker history that has given birth to one of the most celebrated evil holidays in the world. The true history of Halloween is the type of history that your parents don’t tell you.

While it would seem to be a holiday that promoted a form of lunacy, it had a much deeper and serious meaning. Think of it this way. If Christmas is “reported” to be Jesus’ birthday then who do you think was born on Halloween? The original celebrations of Halloween were very special days and seemed to have a very mystical and magical quality about them. In fact, it was this quality that was used by evil druidic priests of the Celts to their best advantage. These were the days in which to contact demons, ghouls and the spirits of the ancestors on the 'other side' of the veil between the worlds.

Looking through some of my ancient texts, it is noted Halloween’s origins go all the way back to ancient times with the Celtic festival of Samhain (pronounced SOW-ain). This was actually the Celts version of anti-Christmas celebrations honouring the end of summer and harvest time and marking the beginning period of the cold of winter, darkness, and death… by means of sacrifice and spirit worship…lots and lots of spirit worship. The Celts were an evil bunch as portrayed by many recent full feature films (Braveheart & Highlander come to mind). They believed that this end of the year period marked the time in which the barrier between the living and the dead became thin. In reality, among other true meanings , October 31st marks the time when the spirits would come back from the dead and create havoc by damaging the crops with frost and causing a multitude of other troubles.

This leads me to another important fact. You might wonder why people dress up on Halloween. This is another a tradition that started in early England where citizens, knowing that Halloween was a time for the spirits of their ancestors to come back to haunt and eat them, would dress up in masks and costumes to keep the spirits from recognizing them. The idea was if you dress up like a monster, the real monsters wouldn’t be able to tell you were really just a… “bag of meat”… if you will.

The fact of the matter is the holiday that we know as Halloween today bares little resemblance to its origins. First, to give an understanding to the reader of these old "pagan" holidays, one must understand the meaning of some of the old language and culture of the times. For one, the term 'pagan' in Christian mythology , roughly translates to "devil worshipper”. It was not until Christianity came to the Isles that the Christian devil ever became associated with Halloween. There was no concept of a devil or Satan in the Earth-based religions, even though there were many evil aspects associated with Samhain, or as it is now called, Halloween. This seems to be the only good thing that has ever come out of religion. With Satan fully identified as the “Santa” of Halloween, Christian leaders sought a means to end this worship while at the same time fearing the retributions from the “other side”.

That is where the Roman church came into play. Like all good churches the Roman church spoiled the fun and soon enacted a holiday to detour the worship of demons, the dead and Satan and so proclaimed November 1st as All Saint’s Day to honour the saints and martyrs of the church. This day was also known as All Hallows Eve. Over time and generations past, Halloween and All Hallows Eve were intertwined and most basic and main concepts of each were forgotten. However, it is still true to this day that there remain others out there that celebrate Halloween for what it truly is.


  1. Hi!

    I love Halloween!

    Looks like you had a lot of fun researching this post. Though I have got to say - and I would never forgive myself if I didn't speak up - but your research as to which country exactly is the originator of Halloween is ambigous.

    The Celts are the indigineous peoples of Scotland. They were pagans. Halloween has its origins in Scotland NOT England. (Scottish people are quite touchy being refered to as English - remember you saw the movie Braveheart ...

    But, hey, great post. And I am a follower of you now too.

  2. I love Halloween as well and this will actually be my first year handing out treats (really looking forward to it).

    I didn't mean to imply its origins began in England but I could see where my post was misleading, so I edited it. Thanks for the comment.

  3. Thanks, I used your post to try to enlighten ... I don't care how you look at it, Halloween is the celebration of demons and spirits...Always has in..A rose by any other name is still a rose...