By Pastor David J. Meyer
Where did it all come from? October 31st is a day
of ghosts, witches, goblins, and grotesque creatures. It is also
a day of orange and black, of candles and jack-o-lanterns.
Costume parties and strange customs occupy the minds of western
civilization, and all of this seems to be intensifying every
year. Children wearing every kind of costume imaginable, and some
unimaginable, have been going for door to door for years at the
end of October saying "trick or treat" and collecting bags full
of treats. In recent years, many people have been decorating
their yards as cemeteries and making their houses look spooky.
Even churches have Halloween parties and set up "haunted houses"
as fund raising projects. Where did it all come from, and what
does it all mean? Most people would say it is all harmless fun.
Some would venture to say, "If there is any witchcraft in it, it
is white witchcraft." In order to truly answer both of the
questions where did it come from and what does it mean, we must
go clear back to the origin of it all.
Halloween has its origin in the British Isles about
1300 years ago. In those days, there were many men and women who
practiced a so-called "nature religion" known as Wicca. (The word
"Wicca" means "wise ones." The word "witch" is derived from
"Wicca.") The witches worked their spells and magic as
individuals or sometimes in groups of 13 known as Covens.
Sometimes the witches and wizards worked as a triumvirate or
power of three. The female Wiccan was known as a witch, and the
male Wiccan was known as a wizard. The word "warlock" was not
used by witches to identify themselves. It is actually a
Scotch-Gaelic word that means "traitor." Satanists use the word
The Wiccans were worshippers of the "Earth Mother",
the sun, the moon, and stars. Witches do not believe in Satan.
The Wiccans or witches meet every Friday night at a gathering
called an "esbat." They draw a magic circle with a six-pointed
star in it called a "hexagram", from which we get the word "hex."
The coven of 13 stand "sky clad" or naked in the hexagram and
work spells by chanting and doing rituals such as "drawing down
the moon." The full moon is sacred to witches, especially if it
is on a Friday. It is considered to be even greater if the Friday
is the 13th day of the month.
Eight times each year, the witches celebrated a
sabat and the ritual work and spell casting was always done on
the eve of the sabat. The sabats are Imbolc on February 2nd, the
spring equinox on March 22nd, Beltaine on May 1st, the summer
solstice on June 22nd, Lugnahsaid on July 31st, the fall equinox
on September 22nd, Samhain on October 31st, and the winter
solstice on December 22nd, which is also known as Yule.
Witches have special ways of celebrating for each
sabat, and even though they do not believe in Satan, it is Satan
who gives them the experiences they have and deceives them into
thinking it is the forces of nature they are tapping into.
Halloween is the most important of the eight sabats in witchcraft
and is known to the witches by the Scotch-Gaelic word "Samhain",
which is pronounced "SOW-EEN." It is believed that on that night,
the barrier between this world and the next, known as the astral
plane, becomes very thin. The witches believe that this allows
spirits of departed ones to travel freely back and forth between
the earth and the spirit realm. Thus, Halloween is the highest
day in Wiccan witchcraft. On that night for many centuries,
witches would work their magic and then have wild parties all
through the darkness of that night. They would play games, such
as bobbing for apples, because witches regard the apple as
sacred. The witches would also tell stories from their personal
diaries of spells known as their "book of shadows." These ghost
stories would start when the hosting High Priest or Priestess
would say, "A witches' tale and a cup of ale for the host of our
In those early days in England, there was another
kind of witchcraft known as Druidism. The Druids were called "men
of the oaks" and were a strange clan of men who dressed in white
robes. The Druids worshipped Cernnunos, the "horned hunter of the
night." Halloween was sacred to the Druids because their sun god
receded to the underworld on October 31st, which is why darkness
increased and light decreased according to their reckoning.
As darkness set in on October 31st, the clan of
Druids would put on their white robes and hoods. They would carry
sickles and Celtic crosses as they began a torchlight procession.
At the beginning of the procession, a male slave was killed and
dragged by a rope fastened to his left ankle. The Druids would
walk until they came to a house or a village where they shouted
the equivalent of "trick or treat." The treat was a slave girl or
any female to be given to the Druids. If the people refused to a
girl as a "treat", blood was taken from the dead slave and used
to draw a hexagram or six-pointed star on the door or wall of the
village. Spirits of the "horned hunter of the night" were invoked
by the Druids to kill someone in that house or village by fear
If the house or village gave a girl as a "treat",
the Druids put a pumpkin with a face carved in it in front of the
door or gate of that place. Inside the pumpkin was a candle made
of human tallow to keep evil spirits away. Thus, the
Jack-O-Lantern was and is a sign that you have cooperated with
The treats or female victims were taken to
Stonehenge where they were raped and killed and then sacrificed
on the sacred bonefire until only glowing embers were left. The
"bonefire" is the origin of the modern day bonfire. As a matter
of luck for winter survival, all villagers were expected to use
the glowing embers of the bonefire to light their hearths.
As we can clearly see, Halloween is not harmless!
Satan has people in our modern era mimicking the witches and
Druids of old. All of this is cursed of God. We live in a time
when witchcraft is being revived. Movies are filled with
witchcraft and numerous television programs such as "Charmed" are
teaching witchcraft to millions. The Harry Potter books are
likewise furthering the cause of Satan! Halloween is no joke and
is not harmless fun! This evil holiday has no part in the life of
a Christian. The Roman Catholic Church borrowed Halloween from
the witches, which shows how blind they are.
May God help you as you read this tract to avoid Halloween and warn others that it is strictly the invention of Satan and can never be anything but
evil of the first magnitude!
Related Bible Verses:
- Deuteronomy 18:9 -12
- Galatians 5:19 - 21
- Revelation 9:21
- Revelation 21:8
(Pastor David J. Meyer is a former astrologer and