Halloween is NOT the Devil’s Holiday

Halloween is NOT the Devil’s Holiday

Like the reality behind the Wicked Witch of the West, the real story behind Halloween is not quite what some hysterical people would have you believe.

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The Wicked Witch of the West.

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Margaret Hamilton, the grandmotherly person behind the mask… er paint.

The day originated as All Hallows (Saints) Eve. i.e. the evening before All Saint’s Day (November 1st) in the old calendar. [ November 2 being All Soul’s Day]

Popular superstition led people to think all Hell was let out for a holiday on that night. (Never taught by any church, BTW) Most if not all of the Satanic mumbo-jumbo associated with “Halloween” is only as recent as the last few centuries, and especially since the Mass Media, advertising, and Hollywood got involved.

Halloween originated in an old pagan holiday called Samhain. It was a day of the dead (as happens in many cultures). It was Christianized by making the day, November 1, All Saint’s Day. It was the usual way the Church got pagans to give up paganism, by sanctifying a day, and letting the older practices die out. It was not the Devil usurping a Christian holy day. If anything the opposite.

Here, here, and here are some good links on this.

However, the best thing for which Halloween might be remembered is an accidental panic over a radio show broadcast 77 years ago.

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Orson when he was old.

Orson when he was young.

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