There I said it!
It's October 1st and I despise, dislike, abhore, loathe, detest, HATE the celebration of that so-called "holiday" of Halloween!
Don't give me that worn out argument that it's all in fun for the kids. Nope.... I won't buy it. Since when is it fun, (amusing, pleasurable, jolly, relaxing, agreeable, enjoyable...) to decorate with witches, skulls, blood and gore, bats, and other hideous creatures and objects?
Are horrifying and terrifying scenes & sounds from films cause for merriment and gladness?
Shall we teach our children to dress up as the Celts did to either placate or copy the evil spirits and shall we have our children beg for treats as those in Europe who begged in exchange for prayers for the dead?
Do we really think we should be celebrating a day set aside from it's earliest beginnings as an agrarian fertility and ancestral honoring festival;
A day where it was believed the barrier between the living and the dead was raised & they came together to feast;
And should we continue to celebrate the custom of giving not only food offerings to the "Land Spirits" (as the dead ancestors were called), but also "life-renewing blood" offering from the slaughter of livestock so to protect the home from malignant "fairy" influences. (fairy here means a spirit);
Is not God's creation of the earth enough? Do we need to celebrate a day when part of the observance was for the High King to 're-create the world';
Should we participate in a day that included worship of the Land-Goddess and other divinities, all with ties to "the multiform Provider on whom we all depend, who must, like all things, replenish herself through alternating periods of action and repose, and who touches -- as we all must -- darkness and death to find the source of true renewal."
And you say the celebrating of Halloween is innocent fun.... Really??
Comments will remain open as long as we have an adult, mature dialog.
(** All my argument points came from this article: "Samhain: Season of Death & Renewal" by Alexei Kondrateiv
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** "Avoid every kind of evil" (NIV—I Thessalonians 5:22)
** “Now the [Holy] Spirit speaketh expressly, that in the latter times some shall depart from the faith, giving heed to seducing spirits, and doctrines of devils” (KJV 1 Timothy 4:1)