Not too far from my neck of the woods, up the road near Greensboro, North Carolina is an American haunted theme park attraction called Woods of Horror. If you don’t have a problem watching zombies and Jason-kind-of stuff with lots of blood and gore, then get to it and take a look at this. http://woodsofterror.com/?gclid=CI_juPvb4cgCFUkYHwodXwwEhw Personally, I can’t watch it for long; I’m a sci-fi fantasy paranormal-as-in ghosts kind of girl. You may have seen one of my bios where I say I am not a fan of horror despite the link I just gave you above. I thought Woods of Terror would be a great lead-in to talking about Halloween. Tis the season to be scary, right? Let’s take a tour down history lane and then you decide which version—presented-as-true, you want to buy into. Life for every single one of us hinges on our personal belief system, which in many cases is influenced greatly by family ties, a series of life changes and the laws of the land.
Let’s start with historical theory #1
Theory #1 – Growing up in a small Baptist community, I remember that on Halloween night I was the shy little kid going out with my older siblings to collect more candy than I could ever eat. We would be far away from home and mom didn’t worry about a pedophile dragging us away. Yep, I’m a part of the Baby Boomers and proud to be amongst the largest population on Earth. A shift in Halloween thinking came when I grew older and reached teenhood. The family had switched over to a non-denominational church with firm convictions that Halloween is a pagan holiday that celebrated the high holy days of witches and warlocks. It had officially become the celebratory event dating back to some pre-Christian period where the Celtic Druids were escaping religious hypocrisy and suppression. In this new world of mine, children did not go trick-or-treating; the night was dedicated to Hallelujah Praise to avoid worshipping the devil and pagan gods.
Theory #2 – This is a recent discovery for me and one quite interesting to mull over whether you agree with it or not.
The origins of Halloween are, in fact, very Christian and rather American. Halloween falls on October 31 because of a pope, and its observances are the result of medieval Catholic piety. The word piety refers to a devout acceptance of a belief to the point of a religious reverence.
The ancient Celts of Ireland and Britain did celebrate a festival on October 31. This was not unusual to recognize trivial festivals on the last day of most months. However; Halloween was not one of those minor deals. October 31 represented the ‘Feast of All Saints’ or ‘All Hallows’ which falls on November 1. The Feast of All Saints, which honored all saints in heaven, used to be celebrated on May 31 until Pope Gregory III (d. 741) moved the date to November 1.
There’s more of the story to tell, but I’m stopping here. All interested parties can dig deeper into this realm and decide for yourself. While it is advisable to consider the wisdom of others who have made positive contributions to your life, the longer I live, the more I realize that the greatest guide lies inside each individual soul. Follow it, along with research and contemplation.
Here’s another educational link on the subject: http://www.albany.edu/~dp1252/isp523/halloween.html
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