Since we’re upon the high holy day of Satanists around the world, I thought it would be good to provide you all with a Halloween FAQ.
Q. I heard that Halloween was a pagan holiday celebrated by the Druids, is that true?
A. While October 31st (edit: the evening of the 31st through the evening of 1 November) is known in Irish mythology as the day when the world of faerie is “closest” to our world, Halloween has its origins in the Christian celebration of All Saint’s Day. There is no real correlation between the two. In fact, some even claim the “Druids” never existed and were made up in the 20th century.
Q. Isn’t Halloween the same as Samhain, a satanist high holy day?
A. No, Samhain was a harvest festival marking the beginning of winter. It has nothing to do with the devil.
Q. Isn’t Halloween the day when Satan and demons walk the earth in order to steal children’s souls? Isn’t that why people used to dress up, in order to confuse them?
A. No, we dress up in order to mock the dark powers of this world. James Jordan says:
“Satan’s great sin (and our great sin) is pride. Thus, to drive Satan from us, we ridicule him. This is why the custom arose of portraying Satan in a ridiculous red suit with horns and a tail. Nobody thinks the devil really looks like this; the Bible teaches that he is the fallen Arch-Cherub. Rather, the idea is to ridicule him because he has lost the battle with Jesus and he no longer has power over us. “
Q. Isn’t Halloween Satan’s birthday?
A. No, Lucifer was created before there was an October, therefore it would have been impossible for him to be born in that month.
Q. Weren’t Jack-o-lanterns put in front of houses where a human (usually a virgin) was taken for sacrifice?
A. No, Jack Chick made that up. Why would they have wasted a good pumpkin when they could have used for actual food. (You do know that pumpkins are edible right?)
Q. Didn’t Martin Luther nail the 95 Thesis in Wittenburg on October 31st because the Roman Catholic Church had capitulated to Satan?
A. No. In fact I had never heard that conspiracy theory until I read it in a comment thread on the TeamPyro blog.
Q. Doesn’t God hate Halloween?
A. Aside from what the Bible says about Him, I don’t know what God does or does not hate. To say something like that without proof is kind of blasphemous.
Q. Isn’t Halloween, Harry Potter, and your blog contributing to the rise of paganism (or Wicca) in America.
A. No. In fact, there seems to be no evidence that there is an increase at all. Kids would flock to a real magical school, but Wiccans don’t have wands and can’t fly on brooms.
Q. Isn’t All Saint’s Day a celebration of Christ’s triumph over the powers of the devil, of the church triumphant?
A. Yes. And that’s what we should be talking about instead of crazy fundamentalist conspiracy theories.