Beware of Halloween; it’s the devil!

Hello all. Eye-catching title ha. Ever since I could remember, when Halloween came around I never got a chance to dress up in cute little outfits and go door to door to ask my neighbors for candy.

On Halloween day, our porch light was always turned off. If someone came and knocked at the door, we were forbidden to answer it.

I was always taught that Halloween was the devil’s day. That’s why so many people choose to dress up like ghosts, monsters, witches and went around scaring the you know what out of people.

I was always jealous of all my friends, because they would talk about what they were and then, the next day they would bring all of their candy to school and eat it in front of me.

Instead of my mom taking us (my brother and I) door to door begging for candy, she decided to take us to church. On Halloween night at church, we would perform plays, watch movies, play games, have discussions, and we would even get our very own bag of candy at the end of the program.

When I was younger, I would be very angry when my mom told me that we had to go to church instead of go trick-or-treating. But as I got older, I began to appreciate what my mom was doing for me.

It made a great impact on my life. Halloween according to Webster means, “holy person, hence saint.” Way back in the day, Halloween was held to honor the Samhain the so called “lord of death.”

It was a Druidical belief that on the eve of this festival Samhain called together the wicked spirits that within the past 12 months had been condemned to inhabit the bodies of animals.

It was a pagan belief that on one night of the year, the souls of the dead return to their original homes, they were to be entertained with food. If food and shelter were not provided, these evil spirits would cast spells and cause havoc toward those failing to fulfill their requests.

Sacrifices were offered on this night to the dead spirits, because it was thought they visited their earthly dwellings and former friends.

Did you truthfully know what you were celebrating? I know you might say that you don’t agree with the history behind Halloween, but you just participate in the activities because they are fun, and you get free candy.

Just like the old saying says, “If your friend jumps off a bridge are you going to jump too?” We shouldn’t participate in something if we are not 100 percent sure what it actually represents. If it doesn’t uplift your soul don’t give it the time of day.

I Peter 5:8 says, “Be sober, be watchful. Your adversary, the devil, prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour.” Don’t let that be you.

I pray that you all have a safe and joyous Homecoming week!