Don't Use Spooky Halloween Costumes/Makeup/Mask

@acelawrites (12285)
Philippines
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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@jaboUK (55052)
• United Kingdom
19 Oct 17
It's only dressing up - it doesn't make them devil worshippers or anything else.
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@acelawrites (12285)
• Philippines
19 Oct 17
I was also shocked reading it.
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@JudyEv (134905)
• Bunbury, Australia
25 Oct
I agree with Janet (@jaboUK). It's just dressing up. Sometimes people read too much into things.
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@acelawrites (12285)
• Philippines
25 Oct
Well, it could be; so much have been spread into the net and it takes one to evaluate them well.
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@owlwings (39767)
• Cambridge, England
19 Oct 17
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."
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@acelawrites (12285)
• Philippines
19 Oct 17
Thanks for this well-said response; very enlightening.
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@Shavkat (65268)
• Philippines
19 Oct 17
I don't see any problems in wearing Halloween costumes. There are some religions condemned this kind of festivity.
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@acelawrites (12285)
• Philippines
19 Oct 17
Yes, they condemn this kind of activity.
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@Shavkat (65268)
• Philippines
20 Oct 17
@acelawrites I have a friend who never celebrates any holidays in his life.
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@acelawrites (12285)
• Philippines
21 Oct 17
@Shavkat That's interesting. Is he happy with it?
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@Corbin5 (116393)
• United States
19 Oct 17
There is no danger in dressing up in costumes that are gory. It is a hoax.
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@acelawrites (12285)
• Philippines
19 Oct 17
Thanks, am just wondering what children would say about this.
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@Corbin5 (116393)
• United States
19 Oct 17
@acelawrites We dressed up as witches and ghosts and it was all fun, and no harm ever came of it.
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@acelawrites (12285)
• Philippines
21 Oct 17
@Corbin5 I agree, as long as one believes in the good, and has good intentions in wearing it; just for fun, that's it.
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@ilocosboy (37452)
• Philippines
19 Oct 17
That's why in our city the celebration is done with angel's custome and saint's custome and not those scary and devilish faces.
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@acelawrites (12285)
• Philippines
19 Oct 17
I also saw children at the church wearing costumes of saints on All Saints' Day.
@ilocosboy (37452)
• Philippines
20 Oct 17
I think this how should we celebrate all saints day and all souls day.
@db20747 (9423)
• Washington, District Of Columbia
25 Oct
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.
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@acelawrites (12285)
• Philippines
25 Oct
Halloween has become a day for young people to have fun with "trick or treat" thing, also for the adults who make this day a reunion day with relatives.
@OreoBrownie (3649)
• Elberton, Georgia
19 Oct 17
It's in the mind, not the costume. I just don't believe that constitutes devil worship. There are good people and bad people who dress up.
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@acelawrites (12285)
• Philippines
19 Oct 17
Thanks, it makes sense.