is celebrated on 31 October every year in many nations, even by
believers who are completely unaware of the origins or of the spiritual
This is the night when most paganists honor the spirits of the dead,
offer human sacrifices and make pacts and covenants with the demonic
It originated among the ancient Celts of Europe and was
called the festival of "Samhain" or "All Hallow-tide" (the feast of the
dead). It started on the evening of 31 October, signaling the end of
harvest and the beginning of winter and also the beginning of the New
Year for the Celts.
During the "turning" of the year, the "veil between the worlds" was
believed to be at it thinnest and the living could communicate with the
dead. It was a time when deceased ancestors and other "friendly" spirits
were invited to join in festivals and be reunited with loved ones.
It was also a time when faeries were active. Faeries were seen as
those angels who did not side with either God or Lucifer and were
condemned to walk the earth until judgment day. The Celtic people
believed that chaos reigned on this night since it was a time between
one year and the next. It was a night of magic charms and divinations,
reading the future and many other rites.
"Trick or Treat": Since it was the belief that spirits had to be
appeased by giving them a type of offering (food or milk), people would
imitate the faeries and go from house to house begging for treats.
Failure to provide the treats would result in practical jokes being
visited on the owner of the house such as: blocking the chimney, leading
off cattle, throwing cabbages, etc.
Another way to fool or scare away the evil spirits was to dress up
to look like them. It was believed the spirits would bring them no harm
"Jack-o'-Lantern": Jack was an Irish scoundrel who liked to
eat big red turnips. On Halloween day he trapped the devil in a tree
and would not let him down until the devil promised Jack he would never
live in Hell. The devil agreed and a year later Jack died. Because he
did not believe in God, he did not go to heaven and the devil did not
allow him into hell either. To help Jack find his way back to earth, the
devil gave him a fiery coal. Jack put this fiery coal in a lantern he
had carved from a big turnip. This first "Jack-o-Lantern" was supposed
to help Jack find his way back to Ireland but he never found it, and is
therefore still roaming the earth with his lantern.
Fire ceremonies: Halloween was one of the four great "Fire
Festivals" of the Celts. All the fires in hearths were extinguished and
then re-kindled from a central bonfire started ceremoniously by the
druids*. During this time the druids would wear animal skins and heads
to disguise them from the spirits. The extinguishing of the fires
symbolized the "dark half" of the year and the rekindling symbolized the
return of hope. Fires or candles were left burning all night to honor
and welcome the dead.
The early Christian Church tried to eliminate the Druid celebration
by offering “All Saint's Day” as a substitute. It was of no avail.
Although the outward forms of such worship disappeared, the belief in
these gods did not.
In the mid 1900's paganism returned to the western world and the
pagan feasts were re-introduced. The uninformed Christian has no idea
that demonic spirits that are contacted are actually activated as people
call out to them in jest or in seriousness. Every act surrounding
Halloween is in honor of false gods and spirits and to pray for the dead
is totally against Scripture.
Satanists have adopted the Druidic High Days and celebrate Halloween as follows:
22-29 October – preparations for the sacrifices
30 October – Satanic High Day - related to Halloween with human sacrifice
31 October – All Hallow's Eve – Blood- and sexual rituals with demons; animal or human sacrifices.
SCRIPTURAL PRAYER GUIDELINES:
‧2 Tim 1:7 - God has not given
us a spirit of fear, but of love, power and a sound mind. Resist the
spirit of fear that seems to surface in the time of Halloween and is
enhanced by movies portraying either the occult or extreme situations of
‧Deuteronomy 18:9-14 - Do not imitate the detestable ways of the
nations through sacrifice, divination, omens, witchcraft, casting of
spells, mediums or consulting the dead. Resist the temptation to be
drawn into seemingly harmless celebrations of this ancient demonic
feast. If you were involved in the past, confess it. Ask the Lord for a
revelation of His ways to people around you. Ask the Lord for
forgiveness for the countless ways your town will be involved in this
practice. Speak up and warn people of the danger of getting involved in
any kind of occult practices.
‧Please pray that the Lord will silence the voices of the underworld
so that witches, wizards, shamans, etc. will be unable to make contact
with the spirit world.‧Isaiah 8:19 - Should a people not consult
their God? Why speak to the dead on behalf of the living? Call upon the
Name of the Lord Jesus Christ. Submit to His ways, and ask for a deeper
revelation of His love. Ask Him to reveal to you His plan and purpose
for your town and pray until He manifests His power in your area.
‧ 1 Chronicles 10:13-14 - Consulting the dead is being unfaithful to
God, and can result in judgment. Commit yourself and your family once
again to love and serve the Lord Jesus Christ and Him alone.‧Ask the Lord to expose all evil, especially on the night of Halloween, so that works of the kingdom of darkness will weaken.
‧Ask for protection for those targeted for human sacrifices. Pray
for all Christians to be protected against curses directed at them; pray
especially for pastors, ministers and Christian leaders.‧Pray
for the salvation of many who practice the occult, that they will be
confronted with the love, purity and holiness of God the Father through
‧Petition the Lord against the resurgence of serial killers,
escalation of crime, especially violent crimes against children and
women, tribal disputes, increased trade in narcotics and pornography,
increased abortion, drought and spoilt harvests, financial destruction
to the Church, calling up of spiritual forces to begin mass bloodshed
and war in countries all over the world, evil forces meeting together to
generate power to deceive the masses and the revival of the practice of
magic, especially by teenagers and pre-teens.
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