“Halloween,” explains the Encyclopedia of American Folklore, “is integrally related to the prospect of contact with spiritual forces, many of which threaten or frighten.” Likewise, many celebrations like Halloween have pagan origins and are deeply rooted in ancestor worship. Even today, people around the world use these days to make contact with supposed spirits of the dead. Although Halloween has been viewed mainly as an American holiday, each year people in more and more countries have been adopting it. Many newcomers to the celebration, however, are unaware of the pagan origins of Halloween symbols, decorations, and customs, most of which are related to supernatural beings and occult forces. Continued in comments...
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Celebrating Halloween Gives Evil Less Power Not More Think about it. If Satan can't get you to worship him, what would he be willing to settle for What cripples people Fear, maybe If he can convince you to stay inside and lock the doors guess what you won't be doing loving people, serving your neighbors and living like you believe that ?greater is he who is in you than he who is in the world (1 John 4:4, Celebrating on the other hand turns Satan's mission on its head. To conquer evil, do good. To conquer sadness, laugh. To conquer death, live.
To conquer Satan, celebrate. Love. Serve. Pray. Give. In doing so, you?re-proclaiming the victory of Christ.
Halloween is a Christian holiday technically but a *lot* of the old pagan practices still permeate this holiday (as with many others but esp with this holiday) In fact there are few people who even use the holiday in the way the Christians originally intended. Perhaps surprisingly the people who actually come closest to what the Church originally intended ARE the pagans. "Dumb feasts" where a place is set for the departed loved ones and everyone eats in silence in honor of these spirits are common. As is the practice of setting a plate of food out by the front door as an offering to those spirits. In these ways Pagans probably honor the intentions of Halloween better than even Christians do. The other stuff, dressing scary to scare away ill intentioned spirits, giving treats to kids dressed up in another act to appease those spirits, carving of Jack o lanterns, bonfires etc are all a part of traditional pagan practices as well. However most Pagans do no celebrate "Halloween" we Celebrate "Samhain" which simply translates as "summer's end" and is also used as the name for November in several celtic tounges.
Halloween is celebrated because people enjoy dressing up in costumes, meeting new people (for only a second or two), and watching children have fun. And if it's Halloween, and you're an adult, you can dress up as whatever you want without anybody judging you BECAUSE it's Halloween.