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Why do Religious People Freakout on Halloween?
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When I was a kid, my church put on a Halloween party every year. No one gave it a second thought. I remember the pastor had some fantastic Star Trek did some great Star Trek cosplay.
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When i attended catholic school we loved celebrating Halloween. Also it's technically All Hallows Eve which is the day before All Saints Day so it technically is kind of a holy day.
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I don't keep Halloween, if it was centered around just cosplaying then maybe but i don't like the central theme of it. the glorification of murder and death. Which is why i love Japan for enjoying the roleplaying and outfits more then anything. When it comes to cosplay you can think of anything or be anything and although alot of people tend to be alot of things on Halloween, thats not the theme of it. when the name comes to mind, everyone thinks of scary stories of murder. i enjoy it enough when i feel like it: games and anime but not celebrate a day. this is me. If USA came up with a National Cosplay Day, i'd be all over it. but like Halloween itself, USA treats it like its for Kids.
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Halloween,
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wow, ur christian house hold r sure reading a lot of fairy tales hahah
yes, u can go to halloween. its just a holiday. to have fun, make new friends, and see wat people's wearing
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Because that is when the DEVIEEEEL is at his strongest!
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firefox39 wrote:

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.)


Hallowe'en was derived from the pagan holiday of Samhain in which the veils between the mortal plane and the spirit plane was the thinnest. It was believed that since the veils between the worlds were so thin on this day that people would be able to call the spirits of their ancestors and deceased members of their family back over.
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Posted 10/13/13

Jisatsu_no_Tenshi wrote:


firefox39 wrote:

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.)


Hallowe'en was derived from the pagan holiday of Samhain in which the veils between the mortal plane and the spirit plane was the thinnest. It was believed that since the veils between the worlds were so thin on this day that people would be able to call the spirits of their ancestors and deceased members of their family back over.


That would explain why Catholicism altered it but has a similar meaning to them. They do believe what I said, but many beliefs of Catholics have a pagan root. Thanks for the info.
Posted 10/13/13 , edited 10/13/13
I heard it's because of its linkage to Paganism (Halloween, why was i about to type Hollywood? WTF? lol)



Which is quite funny and contradictory at the same time because I also heard Christmas was based off another Pagan tradition called "The Yule"...
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I have Catholic friends who celebrate All Saints Day and All Souls Day "instead" of Halloween. They still basically just celebrate Halloween, they just don't call it that. Some fundamentalists I know don't celebrate it, though. This one conservative Christian chick I knew in high school insisted that celebrating Halloween meant you were totally worshiping Satan or something like that.

It actually originated as a Celtic pagan holiday called Samhain (pronounced SOW-in in Ireland, SOW-een in Wales, SAV-en in Scotland) that was celebrated around the time when the physical and spiritual worlds were thought to be closest to each other. It was a day of honoring dead ancestors. When I go to visit my relatives in Ireland for Halloween, we always have a feast called "Fleadh nan Mairbh" or "Feast of the Dead" where we set places for our ancestors and leave our milk and cakes for the spirits. We also go out trick or treeting and celebrate Halloween in the more modern sense, but it's always been a very special holiday for me, so I just can't understand why people wouldn't want to celebrate it.

I also identify as a Wiccan, though, so most things that super-Christians do don't make much sense to me.


edge1143 wrote:

When i attended catholic school we loved celebrating Halloween. Also it's technically All Hallows Eve which is the day before All Saints Day so it technically is kind of a holy day.


Only for Catholics. Protestants don't celebrate All Saints or All Souls.
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I only got to celebrate Halloween once and I was only 4 years old.

I've been taught that Halloween was the devil's birthday when I was young. Then I was told that before the Irish migrated to America because of famine, they brought Halloween with them and Halloween was banned from America before they came. Then I became really confused when I learned how some Christians do celebrate Halloween. Now I'm not aloud to leave home on Halloween night and I have to ignore the trick or treaters. I'm also not aloud to eat any Halloween themed foods or candy! (What am I supposed to believe?!)

This sucks for me because I love to scare people and get free candy. My dream of dressing as a creepypasta character will probably never be accomplished...I envy you people.


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Well, I don't "freak" out about Halloween, but rather, I don't celebrate Halloween.
I have dressed up a couple of times in my life, but never really celebrate it, because I just don't like the holiday to begin with.
I'm a Christian, and I do have my own reasons for not celebrating it.
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I would rename this thread to something that doesn't unintentionally paint religious people in a bad light. I'm pretty sure 99% of them don't consider Halloween to be heresy.

When you read "Why do Religious People Freakout on Halloween?", it's extremely easy to put hundreds of millions of people under the same umbrella and I really think that's wrong.

I've read the comments and I already see people "Church bashing" for all the wrong reasons. There are tons of problems with any religion, but vilifying Halloween isn't a relevant one.


Sincerely,
A Butt Hurt Atheist

p.s. How bout "Why do certain religious people believe Halloween is devil's day?"
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Don't overdose on candy and you should be fine. Also, if you are skeptical about evil spirits and Satan and what not you may also be interested in Science!
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Posted 10/13/13
no holidays are truly christian holidays why do the celebrate any of the ones that they do?
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