Don't Use Spooky Halloween Costumes/Makeup/Mask
October 19, 2017 3:03am CST
This morning I saw a post of a relative who shared an advice from a former "satanist," or one who adored satan or the devil. He said if people will dress up in such gory costumes/masks,etc. they are worshipping the devil and the devil is so happy to see it because he would have lots of followers. It feels so frightful to think about it. I do not know if it was just a hoax. Maybe this is one of the reasons why some people say that we should not celebrate Halloween because it has a pagan origin. Maybe it is better to dress the children as "good angels," not the bad angels. What do you think of this?
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• Cambridge, England
Let's think sensibly! First of all, paganism and witchcraft is NOT 'devil worship'. That is an utterly false rumour which was promoted by the Christian church in the Middle Ages and later. It may be true that a few people do actually and consciously try to worhip 'Satan' but dressing up as scary things at Hallowe'en is NOT 'devil worship'! The practice of having scary faces (like hollowed out turnips and pumpkins made to look like faces) around at Hallowe'en originated in a belief that on that night the division between the physical and spritual worlds became thin and that spirits - both evil and good - could walk abroad. The scary masks and lighted pumpkin faces and the practice of going around in groups after dark was to protect oneself from evil rather than to welcome (or worship) it! The early Christian church and missionaries recognised pagan festivals and, while they didn't encourage the pagan practices, they attempted to give them a 'Christian' meaning by setting Christian festivals on the same dates. That is why the [Christian] feast of All Saint's day was set on the day after the pagan festival and why the birth of Christ is celebrated at the end of the year when it coincided with similar pagan festivals which were connected with renewal and rebirth. If you want to abolish ALL pagan practices, you should NOT take part in any of the traditions of Hallowe'en, of course, but you should also NOT celebrate the birth of Jesus on December 25th and, of course, all those things to do with Father Christmas/Santa Claus, feasting and decorating houses and trees at that time and even, perhaps, the exchanging of gifts should be abolished as 'non-Christian'. You would also eschew Easter eggs, all those cute little chicks and the 'Easter Bunny' (who was originally a hare not a rabbit). Come on, folks! Think sense! The early Christians didn't say that (most) pagan practices were evil or wrong. They just said "Here is something better and truer than your rather muddled beliefs. Let's celebrate your festivals but let's do it with a better knowledge of God."
• Washington, District Of Columbia
Agreed. Scary mask and ugly horrible makeup is not what Halloween was meant to be. It can still be fun with themed costumes and witty themes. Even giving food to your local food bank which is what they did in the earlier days when Halloween fist came out.