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Fearless Philosophy For Free Minds: Sorry Kids, Halloween is Evil

Monday, October 31, 2005

Sorry Kids, Halloween is Evil

Since when did parents become so uptight when it comes to celebrating holidays at school? I can remember when I was growing up that every Halloween all the kids dressed up and we held a costume parade either in the gym or outside. We got to wear hats and masks and face paint for the whole day. The PTA used to make a haunted house at the school. I thought it was bad enough that when my oldest son was in Kindergarten, their costumes were limited to fairy tale characters, nothing scary.

Then when my youngest son was in Kindergarten, he had to dress up as a character from their Zoo Phonics. Okay, fine, I can live with that, but down the hall where his brother was in first grade; his teacher didn’t believe in Halloween, this = no party, no dressing up. That whole class was left out while other classes had a little party and a costume parade through the school. Now, if you are lucky enough to get to have a class party, you don’t get to have it until the last 30-45 minutes of the day.

It seems these days all it takes is for one parent to complain that it goes against their beliefs and if the school celebrates, their child will not come to school that day. At my kid’s school, their party is at the end of the day, no masks, no face paint, and no weapons. The school district has even officially banned the word 'Halloween' and replaced it with 'Fall Festival' or something P.C. like that. Some people believe that for kids who don’t celebrate they will be left out or made fun of for not dressing up. Why can’t the child go home before the party starts, or send them to the library or something? I understand not having the masks or weapons, but some of these schools excuses are so absurd that it leaves me shaking my head in disbelief.

At Underwood Elementary School in Boston, the principle has canceled Halloween celebrations because of parents threatening to keep their kids home that day. Why make a whole school stop a tradition because of a handful of students? This next excuse made me laugh, in the school district of Puyallup in Seattle; Superintendent Tony Apostle announces they have banned celebrations for fear of offending Wiccans. What? "Building administrators should not tolerate such inappropriate stereotyping (images such as witches on flying brooms, stirring caldrons, casting spells, or with long noses and pointed hats)," Apostle's memo states. Fine, don’t let them dress up like witches then, end of problem. When was the last time you heard a ghost complain of being improperly represented by a kid in a bed sheet with eye holes?

In Kingspor,t a Christian Evangelist Mark Poff says:


I believe it is a major trick of the devil. The enemy wants to make us think that these things are all right, when in fact, you give somebody Like the devil an inch, he's going to invade your mind and spirit. This kind of activity is dangerous.


Man, what a buzz kill. Since when did dressing up like a super hero, giant sponge, or a princess become dangerous? I know several churches (and there are many) in my area are having festivities of their own. Some churches are having participants give out candy from the trunks of their cars, and they are encouraged to decorate said trunk.

For one thing, the origin of Halloween has nothing to do with the occult or the devil. It started out as a blend from October 31st into November 1st where the Celts believed the spirits of the dead roamed the earth, at this point in time the celebration was referred to as Samhain. I found some interesting facts about how Samhain evolved to the holiday we know as Halloween on the History Channel website.

My point to this whole thing is, let the kids have their little harmless parties, let them have their candy and let them be someone else for a night. Some say that it takes away from learning time. Please! Come up with something better than that. How many times were you required to attend an assembly in elementary school where a guy knows how to use a yo-yo really, or Junior High to see the Harlem Globe Trotter wannabes, or High School as you are dragged from class to have a pep rally for the football team? I seriously doubt that taking less than an hour away from these kids is going to set them back any. What’s next; take away their recess? Oh wait that has already happened in some schools. Maybe we should all just live in seclusion so as not to offend anyone.

26 Comments:

Blogger T. F. Stern said...

I believe that the words you are looking for are Zero Tolerance.
It involves a lack of mental ability to deal with life in the real world.

10:53 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Tsk, people are so touchy these days.

7:27 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

tch, pople don't even know what they are celebrating or where Christmas comes from apparently.

Christmas itself used to be called Yule which was from a pagan celebration. Christ just happened to supposedly be born on that day *shrug* Halloween is great, we used to have parties all the time. Decorating haunted houses, wearing our costumes to school for that day.

12:01 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Let's think about this... Take away the fact that it is a pagan holiday. Children are dressing up in costumes that represent evil monsters, axe murderers, and killers. How can this possibly be healthy for children? What are we teaching them? That it is okay to glorify negative images and things. Is it okay that children go to bed scared and haunted by images that they see on Haloween night while they are trick or treating? The mind can't tell the difference between what is real or not real. That is why olympic athletes use visualization techniques. They see themselves winning in their mind. The mind believes it is real. Now imagine our children seeing these images, once it is in their mind, the mind percieves these images to be real. Please think about this point of view, and make educated decisions about what you want your children to be exposed to.

with love

9:30 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

omigod you thats right the person whos against halloween please shut the hell up you bastard halloween is for all the kids to have fun i know that every kid looks forward to it all year. life is about taking risks of being afraid but its fun rollercoasters are scary. does that mean theyre evil too? so being a son of a bitch and let them have there halloween. now go eat a cookie and shut the hell up.

7:33 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I grew up celebrating Halloween. Up until a year ago I thought nothing of it. But you know it is wrong to celebrate this day unless you are a satanist. And even then it is WRONG. I am not here to judge anyones beliefs, but saying that I am entitled to my opinion. I have 3 children that for the first time are not trick or treating this year. I sat down with my oldest daughter and explained to her what Halloween stands for and she made the decision to not celebrate it. We have to teach our children meanings of this so called holiday becaue the majority of kids would not do it if they knew what it was really about.

3:24 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

My ex and her (though mentally slow, very sweet and loving) mother were in a heated conversation with a very fundamental Christian woman and her daughter one day. The subject of Halloween and all its "evils" came up. Stories of babys being taken en masse from modern hospitals and their bloody bodies left in public places were told if it was fact. Though the absence of any proof didn't seem to matter. The woman summed up her argument with, "Halloween is the devil's birthday, and everything that happens on that day is just as bad and evil! So there!"
With a soft and almost heartbroken voice, my mother-in-law said, "But, it's my birthday too." The other woman huffed and added a new look of scorn to her face as if her rude, harsh and utterly mean attack was all the more justified. This just about brought tears to the other's face.

Every year I keep hearing stories like this one about schools taking liberties because of random and misinformed complaints. And I think it is a disgrace as to what people have let themselves become. Fearful, domineering, and all too willing to force their poor education on others. Those who hear (and sadly believe) these falsehoods are usually children, who are now grown and continuing the counterproductive cycle.

I don't want to start keeping my children away from school just so we can celebrate Halloween. But if people can't get it in their heads that there are other people here with other ideas...it looks like that's where we as a people are headed.

5:33 AM  
Anonymous ~Call me Karin~ said...

If anybody believes that celebrating Halloween is for the devil and any other crap like that, you need to learn your history and stop being so ignorant! Yes, there were human scarifices and such, but can't you see it's all of the past? Atleast you can be greatful they gave us a fun holiday where you get FREE CANDY! And no, the majority of people would continue to do this Holiday even if it was celebrating Satin! So yeah, learn your history and even if you don't believe it then go boycott! Nobody will care anyway. Your only wasting your time caring so much about how kids go door-to-door for candy. Geez.

4:22 PM  
Blogger santiago said...

I'm not even american, but I can see that the most worring matter of this is seeing the ignorant fundamentalism of some self called christians, it's quite dangerous, Halloween is just an ancient harmless tradition, kids don't want to threaten God, shame on them. Enjoy Halloween, enjoy your kids.

11:15 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Here's a little info for you extremely ignorant people.

HISTORY OF HALLOWEEN
Celtic New Year
October 31 is the most important day in the satanic year. [It is known as the devil's birthday.] It marks the Celtic new year. It was the end of the growing season. It became a festival of death. On this day, the god of the Celtics was to have called up the spirits of the wicked dead who had died during the past year. At the same time, other evil spirits arose and went about the countryside harassing the people. On October 31, the Celtics expected to be harassed by ghosts, evil spirits and demons; and it was no fun and games to them. They would light bonfires to guide the spirits to their own town and to ward off evil spirits.

DRUIDS
The Celtics had priests called druids. On October 31, the druids went from house to house demanding certain foods, and all those who refused were cursed. The people were tormented by means of magic. As they went, the druids carried large turnips which they had hollowed out and on which they had carved demon faces as charms. Each one was believed to contain the demon spirit that personally led or guided that priest: his little god.

DIVINATION
Those who practiced fortune telling and divination found that this was the night that they had the most success. They called upon satan to bless their efforts. One form of divination was to put apples in a tub and bob for them. The one who first successfully came up with one without putting them in his teeth was to have good luck throughout the year. They would then peel the apples and throw the peeling over their shoulders and then quickly look around. They expected to see a vision or an apparition of the one they were to marry.

SACRIFICES
These things happened several centuries before CHRIST. Sacrifices were made to the gods, especially the god of death - Samhain (pronounced Sah win). Sacrifices all the way from vegetable to human were offered. This went on and on, and, in some parts of the world, still goes on today.

8th CENTURY
In the 8th century, the Pope, in an effort to get the people to quit the festival of Sam hain, invented All Saints Day (Nov. 1). This was an attempt to get the people to turn away from the horrible observance of Sam hain. All Saints Day was intended to honor the martyrs of the Roman persecutions. It did not work! It never works to Christianize a pagan holiday. The holy and the profane do not mix.

THE MIDDLE AGES
In the Middle Ages, there was a great revival of satanic practices and witchcraft and magic - like there is today. During this time the belief developed that witches traveled on broomsticks to the black Sabbaths to worship satan on October 31. They were guided by spirits in the form of black cats. The Druids worshiped cats believing them to be reincarnated evil people.

CHURCH INVOLVEMENT
This festival of death has survived all the efforts of the church to stamp it out. The church is joining the opposition by celebrating this festival.

All Saints Day became All Hallows Day. Hallow means holy or sacred. October 31 is the evening before All Hallows Day and came to be called in the western world all hallows evening and then all hallows een. Een is an abbreviation for evening. Finally, the word was reduced to the way we have it today, Halloween. That's where the name came from, and even if it is called all hallows evening, it has nothing to do with Christian faith, and it never did.

MODERN HALLOWEEN
Now let's look at the present day celebration of Halloween. Isn't the whole theme one of darkness, death, fear, threats, destruction and evil? There are witches, broomsticks, bats, owls, ghosts, skeletons, death, and monsters. You dress up your children as demons and witches and ghouls and monsters and werewolves and send them out into the street in the darkness to reenact the Druids' practice of demanding food from people under threat of tricks (or curses) if they don't comply.

You take, not a turnip, but a pumpkin and carve demon faces in it and decorate with it.

At Halloween there will be apple bobbing, divination, fortune telling, haunted houses, candles lit and spirits called up. There will be seances and ouija boards in the name of fun and excitement. There will be sacrifices of dogs, cats, rats, chickens, goats and even humans!

You say, "Well, we don't take it seriously." But the devil does and so does God. Particularly this is true when the Church which He purchased with His own precious blood builds houses of horror in its fellowship halls so that the little lambs who have been entrusted to its care can be terrified and opened up to invading spirits of fear and torment and confusion.

And if you dont believe that, read the bible and other reliable sources. Inform yourselves rather then only believing what you wish to believe!

9:06 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Oh Good Lord, (yes I do believe in Christ as our Saviour) I'm not sure what sacrificial ceremonies you have been to on Halloween, but I can say that in all 43 years of trick or treating, as a child and now with my children, I HAVE NEVER SEEN ANY FORM OF SACRIFICE,
animal or human.
I also don't remember actually being frightened out of my mind when my friends showed up on my door step dressed in any costume, scary or otherwise.
People get a grip. Banning Halloween is just a buncha PC people wanting to eliminate fun, probably because they are too cheap to buy candy or too lazy to drag themselves off the couch to walk their children around the neighboorhood

9:08 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I've celebrated Halloween since I was 1.(my parents helped in me in my earlier year ;) ) and I'm 14 now.I getnear straight A's have never done drugs never had a run in with the law and never purposely hurt someone outside of defense.Halloween never gave me nightmares,and I don't worship satan(neither do I judge satanists).
Yes I can watch bloody gorno movies without flinching,have a very dark sense of humor that helps alot in bad situations,and I have had the urge to kill someone when I was angry but have never acted on it.Those seem to be the only "bad" things about me.(From what I've been told)
SO...I celebrate halloween.Please tell me how it has negativly effected my life.(other then the obsessive love of candy.)

2:33 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

i sweat kids dont even care about our petty fights about halloween! If you dont scare em with manipulation tactics to not celebrate halloween all they would really see the holiday as is something to get free candy out of and dress up! almost ALL holidays have a pagan origin so those uptight people who care their kids out of celebrating halloween should be ashamed of themselves for socially stunting their children. Ya know if ya shelter your children too much they are either gonna go 1 of 2 ways. 1:they will be as uptight and ignorant as their parents and probably go burn down a planned parenthood somewhere(i hate abortion but the fier thing is wrong) or 2: they will wanna see more of the world when they are older and take it to an extreme when they are too naive and ,emtally fragile to cope.
Halloween is what you make if it. if you dont want it being evil for your kids...dont let em dress up as the devil or anything bloody or having to do with the occult. there are plenty of other alternatives

9:13 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

When I moved to the Ozarks I couldn't believe the craziness of the people who think Halloween is evil. I'd never heard of that before. I too celebrated Halloween in school, and my children here are not allowed to, because some fundamentalist weirdos think it has something to do with the devil, when in fact it does not. As a matter of fact, the citizens of Ireland, 95% of whom are Catholic, celebrate Halloween as one of their national holidays, and children get the week off of school for Halloween festivities. Halloween is more of a tradition for us Americans, passed down from our ancestors who where Christian, and found nothing wrong with Halloween. Let your kids have fun and lighten up! Please, for the sake of respecting your ancestors at least.

1:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

It amazes me how ridiculous this country is becoming. I guess being afraid while walking on eggshells is something our children can become accustomed to if it were left to the close-minded, uptight conservative's. Get a grip! There is nothing wrong with Halloween, only the way that certain parents strike fear into their childrens hearts. What a shame that the misguided beliefs of a few can bring down a celebration that should be fun for all. If it were up to them we would all be wearing Pilgram hats and burning innocent people at the stake.

1:47 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Wow. It's ironic that someone who says that we should "get our facts straight" by reading the Bible and other sources could have such an easily-disproven view of the Celtic festivals, Druids, and paganism in general. So here we go, if you are going to ban Halloween because it began as a Pagan holiday, then you should also get rid of Thanksgiving (it didn't start with the Pilgrims, kids), Christmas, Groundhogs day (originally Imbolc, a pagan festival looking forward to the renewal of life in the Spring), and Easter. (there are probably a few more that I am forgetting). It's interesting that those who are rabidly against Halloween and say that we should not mix pagan ritual and symbolism with "what is good". These same people probably have a wonderful time decorating their Christmas tree (pagan), having thanksgiving, christmas, and easter dinner with their families (Often Pagan celebrations included a feast to honor their Holy days), talking about santa clause (pagan), hiding easter eggs (pagan), and all of the other celebrations that Americans engage in on our Holidays (READ: "Holiday" ---> "Holy day"). But those who would call Halloween the "Birthday of Satan" (Seriously?) don't feel so bad about mixing those pagan rituals into their day after they've gone to their special Easter or Christmas church service. But whatever you do, don't let your child dress up as a vampire!! Next thing you know, he'll be reading Harry Potter, then playing D&D, appreciating the female form, and before you know it, you find him in his closet playing with a boxful of dead kittens.
Please, if you are going to be a judgemental and intolerant person, at least do some research to confirm the validity of what you read before you regurgitate it for everyone to see.
...just a thought.

2:27 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Let's use some rational thought here.
1st Is Halloween the devil's birthday? The definition of birthday is the day their mother gave birth to them. Even if you believe in the devil, he was created, not born. He does not have a mother. Therefore, he cannot have a birthday. He was created as an angel, before the world was formed. Not born.
2nd The Celts used scary decorations to scare the evil spirits AWAY from their homes, not to bring them in.
3rd According to LiveScience.com there are only 2, count'em, 2 instances of children dying from tainted candy, and BOTH were from their very own parents.
4th All of Christianities major holidays were created from pagan ones. Think of Easter, the very name is the name of the pagan god:
The name "Easter" originated with the names of an ancient Goddess and God. She was the Great Mother Goddess of the Saxon people in Northern Europe. Similarly, the "Teutonic dawn goddess of fertility [was] known variously as Ostare, Ostara, Ostern, Eostra, Eostre, Eostur, Eastra, Eastur, Austron and Ausos.
5th Christmas is derived from Saturnalia and the Yule. Both pagan celebrations to bring back the sun.

Any questions?

7:27 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Sorry but Holloween is the devil's holiday.......... Those people who invented to scre evil spirits. The made jackolanters to tell evil spirits to come into their house and how is anything evil good?

1:38 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

lets be realistic. all you people who support halloween are just ignoring the true meaning. it started with the celts, that should be enough said celts were pagan and had ridiculous beliefs. i do not want my children growing up in a world of fantasy and violence, dress up itself is not bad you have an entire year to have fun. why choose that one day where crazy people actually demonic things? think about it, Jesus did not give his life on the cross for us to celebrate pagan holidays. i hope this knocks some sense into people seriously.
God bless you all

12:40 PM  
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12:14 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

wow...look up the facts!!! the pagans celebrated a different religion,but that does not make christions better than them!!! you think that halloween is so evil and you dont want your children exposed to it but just telling them about it exposes them to it. your children dont give a crap its a celtic holliday or whatever they just want to have fun!!!so stop being an ignorant cow, get your butt off the computer and let your child breathe!!!

12:16 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

If Halloween is not a celebration of evil, then why are all of the decorations tombstones, skeletons, dismembered and severed body parts, witches, and all sorts of death and gore? Is there anyone out there that actually likes that or thinks those things are ok? No, they're not really killing or dismembering a real person but that stuff is all darkness and evil. That's not what Christ died for... Christ would not want us to celebrate such horrible things. Yes, I grew up trick or treating too and have great memories of dressing up in fun costumes and getting loads of free candy. But you have to ask what are we lifting up as worthy? Demons, witches, gorish body parts? Just look around and think about if any of the decorations have any positive connotations at all.... And I also have to say that I find it MOST interesting that those who don't want their "holiday" taken away are those with the most foul language and shortest, most angry tempered posts on here.... not very Christ-like. We are all sinners and so Christ died for our salvation. No one is perfect. I'm not. You have to just think about what you're standing up for and what you're really getting all riled up for...

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