Halloween is always a time for ghosts and goblins. Many people think it is a time of the devil. While it is true that it is the time of Samhain (saw-win), most people do not know that there is also a Christian side to Halloween. Dressing up in costume and celebrating can be a fun, clean, and a Christian event.
Honestly, the only meaning of Samhain is the celebration of the end of the month and the end of the harvest season. It is sometimes known as the Gaelic New Year.
Many people mistake Halloween as a celebration of all things ghoulish, magic, and dead. They make the mistake that people in Wicca actually celebrate dead things. This is not true. When Wicca “celebrate the dead,” they are paying respect to the dead. They are celebrating the lives of those that have gone before them.
There is not much difference than having a funeral or remembering the Church Triumphant in Christianity.
Halloween means All Hallow’s eve. While there have been plenty of celebrations for and of the dead on this night, that is not the main reason for Halloween. This has previously been stated that it is the end of the harvest season.
Still, Halloween and dressing in costumes tends to stem from Christian traditions. Many Christians used to think that the dead would arise from the graves on October 31. Since this would happen, they wanted to scare the dead away.
In order to scare the dead, the Christians would dress up as such things as ghost and witches. They’d walk through the graveyards carrying torches to scare away the dead. They would want to make sure that no dead body could escape the graves.
So, after a night of patrolling, then November 1 came and it is All Saints Day. None of the dead had escaped and the Christians felt that they had done their jobs.
Many of the traditions from what they did still persist today. We still dress in costumes, but not for the same reason. Instead, we dress in costumes for fun. The idea of a jack-o-lantern comes from the torches. They would often build a fire inside of a gourd for light. We now carve faces in pumpkins and put lights in them. Trick or Treating is like walking through the graveyards making sure no bodies left the grave. Now, instead of doing that, both children and adults are thrilled with the sights and frights of Halloween at different residences.
Of course, Halloween traditions come from many different celebrations. Some cannot be traced back to anything Christian. However, there is nothing wrong with celebrating a holiday in order to just have fun. Halloween is not really anything but a fun holiday today.
If you are still not comfortable celebrating Halloween or Samhain, you can always celebrate “the harvest,” or nothing at all.