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Posted 10/12/13 , edited 10/12/13
*sigh*

Okay, I really don't want this to turn into a flame fight or anything but I'm really confused. So I was raised in a christian house hold and was always told that Halloween was a bad day and that I should avoid it. I was never really told why.

I had heard that it was once a christian holiday but then a bad event happened and they stopped celebrating it. (So if ANYTHING bad happens on a holiday, I shouldn't celebrate it?? Then why celebrate anything???)

Then I heard that it was bad because it was during night and that night was the devil's day. (Really? So I should avoid doing ANYTHING at night because you say so? I don't think so.)

Then I was told that I shouldn't celebrate Halloween because it was the devil's bday? (The devil was never actually born or if he was, it was before humanity existed. How would YOU know what month/day he was born?)

I did some research on my own and found that people in the 1840s thought on Oct 31st, there was a blur between living and dead and dressed up in costumes to ward away evil spirits. That was over 100 years ago. I'm not 100% sure if that's true. :/

I just want to cosplay and eat candy. Is there really anything wrong with that?? Am I really going to open a gate to hell and doom all humanity just because I want to dress up as Hanji from Attack on Titan? I'm starting to think I need to get away from these people...
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The farther away I am from fundamentalists, the happier I am.
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"I just want to cosplay and eat candy. Is there really anything wrong with that?? Am I really going to open a gate to hell and doom all humanity just because I want to dress up as Hanji from Attack on Titan?"

Think of all the millions of children world wide celebrating. Do you see any gates of bones and fire rising from the Earth every Halloween? I don't. xD You're being fed some pretty crazy stuff. I'm atheist but plenty of Christians celebrate Halloween. Go out and have fun.

Happy Halloween!
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^ Yes! Thank you!
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I love Halloween and hate that churchs have to turn a fun time into something sicking. Their "Hell houses" are fucking lame. Just have fun it's one of the few times a year I get to act like a kid. And no fun size giving at my house it's full size or nothing
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Halloween is probably my favorite holiday of the year! I love dressing up, seeing what other folks dress up as, decorating my house, giving out candy (if any kids show up), and eating the leftover candy (if they don't)... my folks are quite religious, but never had a problem with Halloween when I was a kid, those many years ago.

I know of some religious folks who object to it because of the pagan roots. Some of those refuse to put up Christmas trees because of the same reasoning, in fact, though in my experience more are against Halloween than Christmas trees. Purely my experience, however.
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That's weird that people would say that considering the Catholic church a: started it and b: still celebrate it. It was and is for entirely different reasons (actually, it's the exact opposite they celebrate it). So to hear this is indeed quite strange and maybe those who you've been speaking to might want to learn more about Halloween (Which it was originally known as "Hallow's Eve", in which God or Jesus would cleanse the world of evil every year if I'm not mistaken.)
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Do what you want!

My family is christian but we still love dressing up for halloween It's just a fun holiday to us
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"Freakout," really?
I'm Muslim and I couldn't careless. Just don't come knocking on my door, little kids, because it's all for naught
(Yes yes, I am aware of turning off the front house lights to indicate that you aren't accepting visitors.)
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I 'freak out' because a lot of scary movies are playing.
Other than that I feel complete indifference towards the holiday.
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http://www.jw.org/en/bible-teachings/questions/origin-of-halloween/
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It's probably because of...well, either this...


fonziesays wrote:

http://www.jw.org/en/bible-teachings/questions/origin-of-halloween/


Or maybe your parents just didn't want their wonderful child to have a chance to stuff their face with candy. ^_^ Hehe, just throwing out guesses.
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Considering how popular Halloween is in the US and that most US citizens are religious (Christian), it can safely be assumed that most don't "freak out." Not in the US, at least. The closest I've seen to a "freak out" is from my grandmother, and most of my relatives ignore her when she behaves that way.

Also, saying "most religious people" insinuates that all religions share the same views, which must be incredibly awkward for any Wiccans, Buddhists, Shintoists, etc... that may come across this forum.
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I am a Christian, so I'll speak strictly in terms of my own religion. Though I personally love Halloween, here's why some Christians disapprove of it:

Put briefly, the name Halloween comes from the Christian feast day at the time "All Hallows Eve", put on the 31st to overshadow the previously pagan celebrations that occurred on the same day. Some modern Christians disapprove of the actual day halloween, because of the demonic pagan celebrations that occurred before the Christian holiday. The majority, however, simply disapprove of the festivities because they make light of demonic and often evil themes.

I personally think the first reason is ridiculous, because the Christian holiday Christmas also gets it's date from an older Christian attempt to overshadow a previously pagan holiday with new celebrations. The second argument I do, however, see some logic in, as long as the Christians that follow it simply choose to abstain from halloween festivities as a discipline, not disapprove of Non-Christians' fun, who don't even share their faith.

Hope this helped!
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I don't think I've met anyone in my life who was Christian (or religious in general), and didn't celebrate Halloween.

As far as why they don't, some scholars state that it was a non-Christian or Paganic holiday, that was later Christianized as Paganism fell out of common practice in Europe. Other scholars argue that it is solely of Christian roots (All Hallows Eve/All Saints' Day).

My family and I are Christian, and most of my friends are Christian, even (Protestant) churches here give out candy to kids and let them dress up. Personally I think there is nothing wrong with the celebration of Halloween, and it is in fact one of my favorite holidays. I've never really heard of anyone "freaking out" over Halloween.
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