All Hallow’s Eve used to be a Christian festival but became influenced by Celtic harvest celebrations and pagan roots, particularly by the GaelicSamhain. What is celebrated as the modern Halloween converged All Saints’ Day, All Souls’ Day and the observance of Samhain into one celebration.
Since the latter part of the 20th century, Celtic neopagans and Wiccans have observe Samhain, or something based on it, as a religious holiday. Wiccans believe that at Samhain the veil separating the living from the dead is thinnest so it is easier to communicate with those who have left this world.
The influence of Samhain dominates the observance of Halloween in society and is embraced by our schools as a harmless observance. Projects grounded in Halloween are routinely presented to children in school by using witches, skeletons, ghosts, goblins, and other symbols as part of the curriculum.
It is easy to discover which approach to Halloween has the more heavy influence on current day Halloween practices. All Souls’ Day was a celebration of prayer for the faithful departed of Christianity. All Saints’ Day was set aside to honor all believers of the Christian faith, declared saints, or those martyred for their faith. One can safely wager there is nothing as that being observed in schools or society based on the focus of the Halloween decorations and what is actually practiced.
The Wiccans celebrate Samhain as one of the yearly “Sabbats” which is seen as a festival of darkness where the lives of those that have died are honored. Some rituals have the spirits of the dead invited to attend the festivities. October 31st is the Wiccan New Year. Wiccans believe Samhain is a time where the doorway to the otherworld is opened allowing the spirits to come more easily into the living world.
Embracing Halloween in its current form has presented a dilemma for Christians that should know that the Bible forbids engaging in witchcraft and having association with the dead. Attempts are made to remove the “spiritualism” out of Halloween and focus on the time of harvest, but even observing harvest is based on pagan rituals. Christian parents struggle with allowing their children to participate in trick or treating.
Another contradiction is how the schools treat religious holidays based on Christianity. While the focus of removing religion from Christmas and Easter celebrations is continuously done, the schools have embraced Halloween and the symbolism it represents without any problem. It is abundantly clear that Halloween is a state approved religious celebration which schools do promote. To many Christian parents chagrin, school work and homework is constantly being sent home in October with all the trappings of Halloween.http://www.beliefnet.com/Love-Family/Holidays/Halloween/Banning-Halloween.aspx
One wonders if the Freedom From Religion Foundation has ever sent a letter to the school districts complaining about the observance of Halloween and the harm it may cause in molding children to the Wiccan philosophy, because after all, Wicca is a recognized religion in the United States. You can bet the FFRF would be screaming bloody murder if Christian symbols were used in the school work.http://wizbangblog.com/2013/10/11/school-cancels-religious-halloween-says-constitution-forbids-it/
There is a spooky origin that merges with old Christian observances that have little to do with Christian practices. The belief that the dead can return during one time of the year does have ancient origins and is found as a practice in many cultures around the world. The Day of the Dead observances is one example of how common the practice is while coinciding with the same timeframe of Halloween.
There is an example in the Bible of the troubled King Saul using a witch to bring up the dead soul of Samuel from the underworld. Literalists may have trouble accepting the account by thinking everything in the Bible is truly stated, however everything in the Bible is not a statement of truth. Demonic forces have been recorded in the Bible using deception against various people. God uses the enemy to still accomplish what ultimately is for the believer’s good.
In 2 Corinthians 11: 13-14, it states as a warning;
“For such are false apostles, deceitful workers, transforming themselves into apostles of Christ. And no marvel; for Satan himself is transformed into an angel of light.”
One should not listen or associate themselves with any manifestations that are unknown. It is apparent that the agents of darkness have the ability to enter and manifest if invited in. Paranormal activity or symbolism can be used as a doorway.