A Masquerade closely connected to the celebration of Halloween, with elements of All Souls Day is a celebration called Trick-or-Treating.
• In medieval times, one popular All Souls’ Day practice was to make “soul cakes.” Dimple bread desserts with a topping. In a custom call “souling,” Children would go door-to-doo begging for the cakes, much like modern trick-or-treaters, for every cake a child collected, he or she would have to say a prayer for the dead relatives of the person who gave the cake. These prayers would help the relatives find their way out of purgatory and into heaven. The children even sang a soul cake song along the lines of the modern “trick-or-treat, trick-or treat-or-treat, give me something good to eat.
• They would sing: A soul cake! A soul cake! Have mercy on all Christian souls, for A soul cake! The Celtic take on trick-or-treating was dressing up in ghoulish outfits and parading out of town to lead the wandering spirits away they would also walk door to door to collect firewood to make fires and for a giant bonfire. Once it was burning they would put out all other fires that were burning and then relight them using the flames of the giant bonfire, they did this as a symbol of the people’s connection to one another.
• According to the National Confectioners Association, Halloween is the number one holiday for
• Candy sales were over 2 billion according the NCA
• Over 85% percent of U.S. households hand out candy on Halloween night.
• During the Samhain celebration, the Celts would bring home an ember from the bonfire at the
end of the night. The carried these embers in a hollowed-out turnips, creating a lantern
resembling the modern day jack-o-lantern.
• Did you know that a pumpkin is a fruit not a vegetable?
Now for some Halloween Controversies:• Although Halloween comes in part from Christian Traditions, they did not want any part of the witches and ghouls and did not want to expose their kids to these images.
• They also did not want to be associated with the Celtic festival Samhain, because of their belief in celebration of devil-like gods and the dead.
• Most of the documentation concerning God’s points back to the Catholic Church hundreds of years ago, as a means of converting people away from Druidism.
• Christian’s groups are also disturbed by rumors that modern day Wiccans and Druids observe Halloween as an occasion to worship Satan or other evil forces.
Now What does Gods Word say?
9When you enter the land the Lord your God is giving you do not learn to imitate the detestable ways of the nations there. 10Let no one be found among you who sacrifices their son or daughter in the fire, who practices divination or sorcery, interprets omens, engages in witchcraft, 11or casts spells, or who is a medium or spiritist or who consults the dead. 12Anyone who does these things is detestable to the Lord; because of these same detestable practices the Lord your God will drive out those nations before you. 13You must be blameless before the Lord your God.
11Have nothing to do with the fruitless deeds of darkness, but rather expose them. 12It is shameful even to mention what the disobedient do in secret. 13But everything exposed by the light becomes visible—and everything that is illuminated becomes a light. 14This is why it is said:
“Wake up, sleeper,
rise from the dead,
and Christ will shine on you.”
1 Thessalonians 5:22
22reject every kind of evil.
My favorite: Luke 9:60
60Jesus said to him, “Let the dead bury their own dead, but you go and proclaim the kingdom of God.”
References come from How It Works” Meaning of Halloween” from the Internet
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