Well, today is Halloween. I don't celebrate it because of all the negative connotations. I do not enjoy the dark part of it and people accepting ghouls and goblins, and the like with it. This is very satanic and not of lighted behavior, lighted knowledge of God and nature. It is rumored about the web and here and there as been a day of satanic sacrifice. I don't wish to research that today.
The link I am providing at wiki, gives a general synopsis of all the rituals and origins. some think it is partially originated in the "pagan" traditions of celebrating a productive harvest, end of the growing season and the beginning of the long winter season. I have NO problem with that, in fact its a good idea, but our dark side is getting rid of healthy "pagan" celebrations. I see nothing wrong with celebrating a successful harvest season, in fact we need celebrations of life of this sort and not celebrations of death and destruction.
This is a planet of darkness and death, not of light and life. Light is lighted behaviors demonstrating our God presence within, resulting from Lighted (true) knowledge. After stasis, or even during our planing at that time, we need to do something about this secular, and evil holiday. It teaches acceptance of the ugly. Every year I have to "endure" one home which is difficult to not notice, in which the people, good Catholics, have life size ghouls, amongst the more awful I have seen, hanging from their trees, and plenty of smaller satanic stuff in their gardens, and giant black spiders on their house.
Now there is a Christian origin thru the Catholic church called All Saints Day, and Halloween is a shortened version of the Night Before. I have placed a quote from Wiki on this which clears shows the lack of knowledge of God and "the saints." This day of "prayful" communication between the saints, results from older "pagan" beliefs in which this day between the harvest and the next growing season is a day of the thinning of the veil. Demon worship and misunderstanding of "spirits" and the like occur all over the globe. SADLY.
All Saints' Day (in the Roman Catholic Church officially the Solemnity of All Saints and also calledAll Hallows or Hallowmas), often shortened to All Saints, is a solemnity celebrated on 1 November in Western Christianity, and on the first Sunday after Pentecost in Eastern Christianity, in honour of all the saints, known and unknown.
In terms of Western Christian theology, the day commemorates all those who have attained the beatific vision in Heaven. It is a national holiday in many historically Catholic countries. In the Roman Catholic Church, the next day, All Souls' Day, specifically commemorates the departed faithful who have not yet been purified and reached heaven.
Christian denominations celebrate All Saints' Day and All Souls' Day because of the fundamental belief that there is a prayerful spiritual communion between those in the state of grace who have died and are either being purified in purgatory or are in heaven (the 'church penitent' and the 'church triumphant', respectively), and the 'church militant' who are the living. Different Christian traditions define, remember and respond to the saints in very different ways.
I stopped giving out candies or treats at Halloween several years ago. I am not allowed by "custom" to provide home made nutritious treats and I don't enjoy watching children dressed in grisly costumes on my doorstep. I don't enjoy giving them dimes or quarters either, because of what money symbolizes in this world. There is NO risk in giving out homemade goodies. Razor blades in apples was created to get you all to buy story bought junk.
I have in the past given out those individual pieces of cheese that can be purchased. You can't give out cheese bought in bulk and wrap it. it might had something unknown added to it after all! This is a marketing PLOY people, there is a lot of money in Halloween. I think we can create something better if we want to treat children and dress them for the occasion in costumes. Ponder it. Halloween is being spread around the world for the consumer value and to make sure we keep bad spirits in our mind set.
We must create true celebrations of life in our new world, so that we remain connected to live. We live in a world of tremendous disconnect from life, at least in the western countries. That allows us to continue without thought to destroy our planet. Ponder this and do some teaching on this day. Do not send your own kids out dressed in ghouly stuff. I know how easy it is, I made costumes for my kids when they were growing up, and amongst those were black witch and ghost costumes.
When I was growing up in the small town I was born in,, there wasn't so much of the ghoul stuff. Most costumes were home make, but some store bought. A lot of kids just had masks. We went trick or treating 2 nights in a row, both Oct 30 and 31. We did enjoy the goodies, and a lot of those goodies were home made. We can keep some of our traditions, but it's time to turn Halloween back into something sacred and since the Catholic church is basically the creator of the word, we need to change the terms, completely. We need to encourage people to eradicate all these beliefs. And once this world is in light and lift, as the vibrations ascend there will be less and less invisible dark beings lurking on the planet. I know it's already Halloween, and your kids already are, or will be going out to collect goodies. But ponder doing some last minute education.
As to haunted houses, in my area, the very WORST ones, in terms of scare factors were the ones put on by churches, in the "name of Jesus" (NOT), for the purpose of indoctrinating children, and arising money, all the while scaring the beJesus out of them! Yes I spelled it that way for a reason. Take care on this day, Candace