The History and Mysteries of Halloween
Halloween is actually a short variation for All Hallows Evening. All Hallows Evening began in Europe. It was originally a day for pagan festivals that marked the beginning of harvest. At the festival the Celts would celebrate pagan spiritual personalities like witches, ghouls, warlocks, trolls, goblins and demon spirits.
The Celts also believed that this was also a day when the worlds of the living and the dead came together. The power of the underworld is said to have been released into the world on this night. They believed that demon spirits would come out the night of the harvest celebration to cause trouble and even damage their crops. They would leave sweet treats out in the fields for the spirits hoping this would keep the spirits from destroying their crops.
They would light candles and carve out fiendish looking lanterns in large vegetables and place them around their houses in order to scare off “bad” spirits from their homes. They would dress up in costumes often using the hides of animals that were killed in sacrifices to Celtic idols. They believed that the costumes would fool or trick the evil spirits.
The Celts were eventually conquered by the Romans. Pope Gregory III later named November 1 All Saints Day. All Hallows Eve being October 31 became the evening preceding All Saints Day, thereby connecting the two holidays.
All Saints Day according to Roman Catholic tradition is the day to celebrate the dead that have been “sainted” over the centuries by the Roman Catholic Church. Pope Gregory III and the Roman Catholic Church actually merged the two celebrations, making sure that All Saints Day was the more important of the two.
Have You Heard About Halloween?
- Halloween was known as “Mischief Night”, the supreme night of demonic jubilation.
- The most popular Halloween images are witches, black cats, and Jack O’ Lanterns.
- A Jack O’ Lantern is the ancient symbol a damned soul.
- 36.1 million children ages 5-13 go door-to-door trick or treating.
- 73.4 % of Americans will hand out candy to trick or treaters..
- 34% of Americans will buy or wear a costume.
- 17% will visit a haunted house.
- Americans spend $60 per household on Halloween, which is over 5 billion dollars.
- Christmas is the only holiday that brings in more money than Halloween.