October 31st is celebrated by many Americans as Halloween. I imagine most of us adults remember celebrating it as kids. We remember dressing up in a costume and going around the neighborhood and “trick or treating” for candy, then coming home with a grocery bag full of sweets and eating so much we got sick.
I looked up Halloween in my World Book Encyclopedia: “Halloween customs, are all relics of paganism. About thirteen centuries ago pagans celebrated November 1 as ‘All Spirit’s Day’, when spirits, both good and evil, were believed to be on earth. The Druids also celebrated their harvest festival about that time, and many strange ceremonies were performed.” -The World Book, Vol. 5, p. 2671.
A Christian publication points out that the Druids, Satan worshipers, were the originators of Halloween. “Their big night was Halloween. In the occult it is called, ‘Samhain’….in the times of the Druids it was a night of Horror. On Halloween the Druids and their followers went from castle to castle and serf to serf, playing ‘trick or treat’. The treat from the castle demanded by the Druids would be a princess or some woman for human sacrifice. If the treat pleased the Druids they would leave a jack O’lantern with a lighted candle made of human fat, to protect those inside from being killed by demons that night....The spellbinding beat of the Druid music filled the night as the ceremony began. The men assaulted the victim and they brutally sacrificed her to the god of many names, such as ...the horned hunter of the night, Kernos, the Oak god of the underworld, the god of the dead (we know him as Lucifer or Satan).
My Funk and Wagnall’s encyclopedia stated: “Halloween, name applied to the evening of October 31. The observances connected with Halloween are thought to have originated among the ancient Druids, who believed that on that evening, Saman, the lord of the dead, called forth hosts of evil spirits.” -Encarta, Microsoft, 1993 Funk and Wagnall’s Corporation.
I found this in a classic secular work on American holidays and celebrations, entitled, Celebrations: “The Druids have influenced many modern celebrations. In no holiday, however, is their impact more greatly felt than on Halloween...The Druids called it ‘Samhain’, The highly mystical Druids worshiped nature ...and worshiped the Sun God and the ‘lord of death’. During the Samhain festival, the Druids appeased the lord of death...
Pope Gregory III in the eighth century, designated November 1 as ‘All Saints’ or ‘All Hallows’ Day.’ By the Middle Ages, October 31was known as ‘All Hallows E’en’, representing the shortening of evening.”
“Today this is further contracted to Halloween....Not being a particularly protestant....feast, Halloween was not celebrated to any great extent during the early years of America’s history. With the influx of Irish Catholics around 1848, however, Halloween became more widely celebrated.”
“Going from door to door seeking alms goes back to the Druid’s practice.” -Celebrations, p. 112-114.