Samhain (pronounced sow-in or sah-ween, meaning “summer’s end”) began as a Celtic celebration centuries ago to commemorate the end of their old year and the beginning of a new one. The various rituals on this night were led by the Druids who were the priest class of the Celts. During this time of the year, all livestock were brought in from the summer pastures. Celts believed October 31 (which, of course, was not called October back then) was the night when the world of the living and the dead were not separated. It was believed the dead came back to walk the earth to either bless the living or wreak havoc in their lives, depending on what steps the living took to appease the dead.
The main god and goddess commemorated during this pagan festival were Bronach, the goddess of Samhain rituals, and Crom Cruaich, the god of harvest, death, and contact with the dead (necromancy). When the Romans conquered the Celts, they added to some of the heathen rituals of Samhain and when the Roman Empire became Roman Catholic, the season was renamed Hallowmas to celebrate “All Hallows’/Saints’ Eve” (Oct. 31, later renamed Halloween), “All Saints’ Day” (Nov. 1) and “All Souls’ Day” (Nov. 2). Here are some of the pagan beliefs and rituals celebrated during the Halloween season contrasted to the truth of God’s word:
- Divination. To the Celts, time was circular, not linear. That being the case, they considered this season the best time of the year to look into what the future held for marriage, health, and the weather. Bobbing for apples is a marriage divination ritual. Peeling an apple was a divination ritual for determining how long a person would live. Other forms of divination are encouraged, like palm reading, tarot cards, crystal balls, and tea leaves. Pagans and Satanists still participate in these rituals today and Halloween is one of their high holy days when participation is most common. It is during Samhain that powers of divination are believed to be heightened, so pagans will seek out psychics or if they are psychic they seek to strengthen their power.
- The Lord said to Jeremiah, The prophets prophesy lies…they prophesy unto you a false vision and divination, and a thing of nought, and the deceit of their heart. Jeremiah 14:14
- Lighting candles, jack-o-lanterns, communicating with and leaving food for the dead (necromancy). This is done as a way of being nice to the spirits to light their way when walking among the living so they will be nice to the living who have lit their candles. Contacting the dead through mediums and ouija boards in seances to find out what the dead want and feeding them are ways to appease, or treat, them as opposed to being tricked with an evil prank from them.
- Jehovah said, There shall not be found among you … a charmer, or a consulter with familiar spirits, or a wizard, or a necromancer. For all that do these things are an abomination unto the LORD: and because of these abominations the LORD thy God doth drive [the heathens] out from before thee. Deuteronomy 18:10-12
- Reincarnation. Pagans believe Samhain is the time where human souls in animals are released to appear in new bodily forms. This is why there are witches or other heathens who support groups like PETA and are staunch environmentalists who refer to “Mother Earth” or “Mother Nature.” In their minds, animals are equal to humans and everything is a god of some sort and a god is in everything or everyone.
- The Bible clearly states a person has only one life to live (Hebrews 9:27). In Paul’s explanation of Christian resurrection in 1 Corinthians 15, he explains that only Christians will come back to life in a bodily form, and that bodily form is no way like an animal or any other form except a spiritual body which is like Christ’s resurrected body.
- Human sacrifices. Modern pagans try to sanitize what Druids did in ancient times by denying they sacrificed humans, but Julius Caesar and some historians refer to the sacrifice of humans by Celts. Samhain was one of the main festivals where human sacrifices were made. They lit bonfires, a word created from bones (referring to human bones) and fire. Archaeologists have even dug up mummies in the peat bogs of Ireland that prove humans were sacrificed. Human sacrifices have been rumored or stated to occur among modern black witches and Satanists by those who have defected from such groups. Among such rituals is the act of vampirism.
- Throughout the Old Testament, God expressed his anger for those who made their children “pass through the fire” to be sacrificed for false gods. He also repeatedly told Israelites not to ingest blood (Leviticus 3:17, 7:27, Deuteronomy 12:23, Psalm 16:4).
Many churches have done away with celebrating Halloween, thank God. However, some of the more liberal ones still embrace it as being harmless–to their own spiritual detriment.
Learn not the way of the heathen… For the customs of the people are vain … Jeremiah 10:2, 3