Halloween Essay, Research Paper
Halloween is one of the most favorite festival of children. People in this country celebrate Halloween with so much fun and enthusiasm. They have Halloween scary parties, gifts and also some scary fun. But the rulers of this day are the young children who are going to be showered with candiesIn this essay I am going to describe the bad effects of Halloween. But before that I will describe the true history of Halloween and its origination.
Halloween is one of the oldest holidays with origins going back thousands of years. The holiday we know as Halloween has had many influences from many cultures over the centuries. From the Roman’s Pomona Day, to the Celtic festival of Samhain, to the Christian holidays of All Saints and All Souls Days. Hundreds of years ago in what are now Great Britain and Northern France lived the Celts. The Celts worshipped nature and had many gods, with the sun god as their favorite. It was “he” who commanded their work and their rest times, and who made the earth beautiful and the crops grow. The Celts celebrated their New Year on November 1st. It was celebrated every year with a festival and marked the end of the “season of the sun” and the beginning of “the season of darkness and cold.” The Celts believed that during the winter, Samhain, the Lord of the Dead and Prince of Darkness took prisoner the sun god. On the eve before their New Year (October 31), it was believed that Samhain called together all the dead people. The dead would take different forms, with the bad spirits taking the form of animals. The most evil taking the form of cats. On October 31st after the crops were all harvested and stored for the long winter the cooking fires in the homes would be extinguished. The Druids, the Celtic priests, would meet in the hilltop in the dark Oak Forest (oak trees were considered sacred). The Druids would light new fires and offer sacrifices of crops and animals. As they danced around the fires, the season of the sun passed and the season of darkness would begin. When the morning arrived the Druids would give an ember from their fires to each family who would then take them home to start new cooking fires. These fires would keep the homes warm and free from evil spirits. The November 1st festival was named after Samhain and honored both the sun god and Samhain. The festival would last for 3 days. Many people would parade in costumes made from the skins and heads of their animals. This festival would become the first Halloween.
BAD EFFECTS OF HALLOWEEN: -
Excited children masquerading as witches, pirates, devils, ghosts, Dracula and other creatures bounding through the neighborhood, going from door to door shouting, “Trick or Treat” the party at school or a friend?s house where they tell ghost stories, bob for apples or tell fortunes the visit to the community “haunted house” and homes decorated with witches, skeletons and eerie looking grinning Jack O Lanterns…IT MUST BE HALLOWEEN! Sounds like harmless fun, doesn?t it? But there is THE DARK SIDE TO HALLOWEEN YOU SHOULD KNOW ABOUT, a side that I never liked because it was associated with evil, the devil, fear, death and violence. That side of Halloween always gave me “the creeps.” And after a thorough study of Halloween I know why I felt that way because BENEATH HALLOWEEN?S CANDY COATING IS A HISTORY OF DIABOLICAL EVIL. In a moment I will share with you some of my findings relating to THE DARK SIDE OF HALLOWEEN.
The truth is, millions of people, and likely your kids will be exposed to some of the almost endless string f TV programs, videos, community and church activities that GLORIFY MUTILATION, TORTURE, and BIZARRE MURDERS this Halloween. Now before you say, “it won?t hurt them, its only fantasy,” perhaps you should consider what a horrified mother discovered in her teenage son?s diary. She read “Last year I stole a car at Halloween and ran over a kid and killed him for the Devil. I plan on doing it again this year.” The boy is now incarcerated. Halloween not only does this but also introduces children to occult. The two most frequent ways children are introduced into the occult are through rock music and Halloween. Tragically, teachers in the public schools are introducing more and more children to the occult. And unfortunately, Halloween is one of the two Holidays that public schools celebrate. They choose Halloween (and Valentine?s Day) because supposedly there is no “religious” significance. How wrong they are about Halloween. To be sure, there is no Christian significance to Halloween but it is obviously a religious day. So I come to the conclusion that Halloween being a good, enjoyable and outstanding festival is also a harmful, deadly and evil festival.