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Americans spend $9 billion on Halloween each year. It is the second biggest party after Christmas. What is the true origin of Halloween? Is it harmless fun, or something else entirely? How did it become a common practice? Should you celebrate Halloween?

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Trick-or-treating! When children say these three words, they evoke a flood of childhood memories in most adults. Memories of dressing up as vampires, ghosts, witches, demons, monsters, and fairies. Memories of them wandering the neighborhood going door to door yelling those three little words and watching their pockets fill with all kinds of candy, apples, nuts and other delicacies. Memories of parades, parties, and "mischief" like soaping down neighbors' windows, "decorating" their trees with toilet paper, or playing "baseball" with their roadside mailboxes.

Yes, hearing the words "trick or treat" from small children can make adults wish they were children again.

"After all," one might think, "what's wrong with Halloween?" Most believe it's just another harmless gift from childhood, much like how they view Christmas and birthday celebrations. Many ask themselves, "What's wrong with having a little fun?"

Halloween not only teaches kids that it's okay to beg for something rather than earn it with work, but it also turns them into blackmailers (“trick or treat” essentially means “give me a gift or I'll play a trick on you”). , their spooky costumes, spooky pumpkins, youthful stunts, and colorful parades, can seem like clean, innocent fun. But their traditions, customs, and practices are rooted in a past that is much darker, much more sinister, and much more demonic than you might think.

Where does Halloween really come from? How did it happen? How did it get so much attention, particularly in the United States? And what does God think about it? Do you see Halloween as pure and innocent fun?

To find the answers, we must investigate the history of Halloween. We will see that it is full of pagan customs disguised as Christian traditions!

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Let's start with the ancient Celts who lived in what is now Ireland, Great Britain, and northern France 2,000 years ago. The Celts were pagan nature worshipers who had many gods, including the sun, which they believed dictated their hours of work and rest. They believed that the sun nourished the earth and kept it beautiful and their crops growing.

The Celts celebrated their New Year on November 1, which marked the end of harvest and summer ('the season of the sun') and the beginning of the cold, dark winter to come ('the season of darkness and cold'). '). ).

From October 31 to November 2, the Celts celebrated a 48-hour festival called the Vigil of Samhain (pronounced "Inseed"). They believed that Samhain, the pagan lord of the dead, gathered the souls of those who had died the previous year and decided what form they would take the next year. The souls would either transition into human bodies or be doomed to live in animals (the most evil of souls or evil spirits would take the form of cats). Celtic believers tried to bribe Samhain with gifts and prayers, hoping to persuade Samhain to give him less punishment.

HeBritannica Encyclopediareads as follows: "Samhain (Celtic: 'end of summer'), one of the most important and sinister holidays in the Celtic year calendar. On Samhain, which took place on November 1, it was believed that the world of the gods would it had made mankind visible, and the gods played many tricks on their mortal worshippers; It was a time full of danger, full of fear, and full of supernatural occurrences. Sacrifice and atonement of all kinds were considered vital, for without them the Celts believed they could not overcome the dangers of the seasons or counteract the activities of the deities. Samhain was an important precursor to Halloween."

On the night of October 31, New Year's Eve, the Celts began their festival after they had harvested their crops and stored them for the coming winter. First they put out the fires to cook in their homes. Then the druids (Celtic priests) would gather on the hills in the dark oak forests (they considered oak trees sacred) and erect huge sacred bonfires to drive away evil spirits and honor the sun god. Next, the people burned crops and sacrificed animals to their gods and danced around the bonfires as the "time of the sun" passed and the "time of darkness" began. The Celts wore costumes made from animal heads and skins and talked to each other about their future. The next morning, they relit their fires to cook on the sacred bonfires to rid them of evil spirits and protect them during the upcoming winter season.

“In ancient Britain and Ireland, the Celtic festival of Samhain Eve was observed on October 31, at the end of summer. (It was) the occasion of one of the ancient fire festivals where huge bonfires were lit on the hills to drive away evil spirits. It was believed that the souls of the dead would return to their homes on that day, and the Autumn Festival took on a spooky significance. Ghosts, witches, goblins, black cats, fairies, and demons of all kinds are said to roam there. In addition, Halloween was considered the most auspicious time for divinations on marriage, happiness, health and death" (Britannica Encyclopedia).

Who is the "Lord of the Dead"?

Now, what about Samhain, the so-called Lord of the Dead? God tells us that "he who has the power to kill is the devil" (Hebrews 2:14). Satan the devil was the master or lord of the dead! The ancient Celts, thinking that they were serving God, were tricked into worshiping the god of this world who is the father of religious lies and deceit. We will see that the same being is behind modern day Samhain (Galatians 4:8; Revelation 12:9; 2 Corinthians 4:4; John 8:44).

We have established that Satan once had power over death, but no longer does. Who is the lord of the dead today? At this point we need to briefly consider some scriptures.

Notice Matthew 22:31-32 where Jesus responds to the Sadducees regarding the resurrection. "But as for the resurrection of the dead, have you not read what was said to you by God, when he said: 'I am the God of Abraham, and the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob?' God is not the God of the dead, but of the living." Since the patriarchs are dead and God is only the God of the living—the dead do not serve God (Psalm 6:5, 115:17)—there must be a resurrection from the dead so that they may live and serve Him.

But to make the resurrection possible, "Christ died, and rose again, and rose again, to be Lord of the dead and of the living" (Romans 14:9). Christ, by his resurrection, became Lord and Master of the dead and obtained the keys of the grave and of death (Revelation 1:18). Jesus Christ will raise the dead to serve Him and God the Father tomorrow in the world to come.

As theBritannica Encyclopediahe states, "[The festival of] Samhain was an important precursor to Halloween." So far, the origins of Halloween don't seem so innocent.

And then the Romans came

In the first century, the Roman Empire invaded Ireland and the British Isles and conquered most of the Celtic territory. The Romans ruled them for centuries, influencing Celtic and Anglo-Saxon customs and traditions. During this period, two Roman festivals were interspersed with the Celts' Samhain festival: Feralia and Pomona Day. Several American cities bear the pagan name of Pomona and unknowingly endorse "Pomona Day".

Feralia, observed on February 21, was a Roman holiday meant to honor the dead, but essentially it amounted to drunkenness and mass orgies, not unlike other Roman holidays.

Pomona Day, celebrated on November 1, was a festival honoring Pomona, the Roman goddess of fruits, trees, and fertility. The sacred symbol of her was the apple.

Over the next three centuries, the customs of the Samhain festival were mixed with the practices of the days of Feralia and Pomona. That is, until they were "washed" and "purified" by another religious power.

Then came the Catholic Church.

In the first, second, and third centuries, all professing Christians, both true and false, were regularly persecuted by the Roman Empire, which considered all forms of Christianity an illegal religion. But in AD 313, that changed for some. The Roman Catholic Church, which began with the sorcerer Simon Magus mentioned in the eighth chapter of Acts, found favor with the Emperor Constantine. (For more information, read our bookwhere is the true church and its incredible history!) For the first time in the history of the Roman Empire, the Pope, now supported by the Roman civil authorities, had a free hand to determine what was "Christian" and what was not.

In the early years of the Catholic Church, believers celebrated special anniversaries for martyrs executed for their faith. Soon there were not enough days in the calendar year to dedicate a separate day to each martyr, so Catholics celebrated a single holiday for all the martyrs.

“In the 4th century, neighboring dioceses began to exchange feasts, transfer relics, divide them, and participate in a common feast; as can be seen in the invitation of Saint Basil of Caesarea (397 AD) to the bishops of the province of Pontus. Often groups of martyrs suffered on the same day, which of course led to a common commemoration... [T]he number of martyrs became so great that it was not possible to assign a separate day to each. But the Church, believing that every martyr should be venerated, decreed a common day for all" (Catholic Encyclopedia).

Therefore, the Catholic Church, with the support of the government, decided to "wash" a Roman holiday. Pope Boniface IV, tired of admonishing the Romans for engaging in drunken celebrations as a pretext for honoring the dead (and desiring more converts), proclaimed Feralia Christian in AD 609. Instead of honoring all the dead, they should now only honor the "holy" dead. Instead of drunken celebrations, it would be a day of prayer and meditation. Instead of calling it Feralia, he changed it to All Saints' Day. And he changed the date of his celebration from February 21 to May 13. "On May 13, 609 or 610, Boniface IV dedicated the Pantheon of Rome to the Blessed Virgin and all the Martyrs and ordered an anniversary" (ibid.).

Then Pope Gregory III, who reigned from 731 to 741, "dedicated to all the saints a chapel in St. Peter's Basilica and fixed the anniversary for November 1" (Catholic Encyclopedia). He expanded "the feast [of All Saints] to include all the saints as well as all the martyrs" (Britannica Encyclopedia).

Meanwhile, the Celts still celebrated the Samhain festival in one form or another. The Catholic Church took note of this and Pope Gregory IV (827-844) tried to replace it by moving All Saints' Day from May 13 to November 1 -the same day as Samhain- and making the holiday official to the entire Church. extended. All Saints' Day became known as All Saints' Day, while October 31 became All Saints' Eve and eventually Halloween.

More changes in festivals

But the laundering process was not yet complete. In the year 988 AD. C., the Catholic Church instituted another day, the Day of the Dead, to commemorate "all believers who have died, those baptized Christians who are believed to be in purgatory due to the guilt of minor sins who died in their souls”. It is celebrated on November 2. Roman Catholic teaching holds that the prayers of the faithful on earth will help purify those souls to prepare them for God's vision in heaven... This date became virtually universal before the end of the 13th century when it was commemorated chosen in All Day of a saint. After the Church on earth has celebrated the Feast (All Saints' Day) of all the members of the Church who are believed to be in heaven, the next day proceeds to the commemoration of the souls who are believed to be in heaven. Suffering in purgatory" (Britannica Encyclopedia).

Now all the souls of the departed had their own day of worship: saints, martyrs, and even ordinary believers who were not worthy to be called saints or martyrs.

As with the Samhain festival, the Catholic faithful celebrated with huge bonfires, parades, and costumes dressed as dead saints, angels, and demons. Collectively, All Saints' Day (October 31), All Saints' Day (November 1), and All Souls' Day (November 2) were combined into Hallowmas, a reflection of the Celtic vigil of Samhain! ! What was proclaimed as Christian, clean and healthy grew out of drunken festivities, pagan superstitions, and false teachings dating back to the Garden of Eden.

The festival of Halloween, and Halloween in particular, was so popular that in 1517 Martin Luther chose Halloween night to post his 95 Theses on the church door in Wittenberg, Germany (effectively starting the Protestant Reformation). He chose tonight because he knew there would be huge crowds in the streets that night!

Pagan customs come to America

When European immigrants began to settle in the United States when it was in its infancy, they brought with them customs, traditions, superstitions, and religious practices, including Halloween, from their home countries.

Halloween's greatest influence in America came with the millions of Irish settlers who immigrated to America after fleeing famine in Ireland in 1846. Halloween, like Christmas, soon became a secular holiday for everyone. The day's celebrations included parades, parties, costumes, treats, and mischief.

And so today's Halloween customs—black cats, parades, dressing up as ghouls and witches, parties, bonfires, tricks and mischievous pranks—which most people take for granted point directly to the vigil of Samhain, the false lord of the dead hin, Roman pagan festivals full of immoral celebrations and the sanctuaries of the Catholic Church.

Given its historical pagan origins, can we honestly think of Halloween as an innocent childish treat? Is that the kind of tradition we want to pass on to our children?

Human nature will always argue, "Wait a minute, I don't worship the sun or pray to any pagan 'lord of the dead'." I like Halloween because it's fun. What's wrong with that?"

What is God thinking? how does it workEsVer Halloween?

Lost in false teachings

Let's check. We have established that Halloween has its origins with the Celts, who worshiped nature, creation, and not the one true God who created nature and everything in it.

The apostle Paul wrote: “Because they knew God, but did not glorify him as God, nor were thankful to him, but were puffed up in their thoughts, and their foolish hearts were darkened.” They pretended to be wise, but they became fools, and changed the glory of the immortal God into an image made like corruptible man, birds, four-footed animals, and reptiles. Wherefore also God gave them up to filth in the lust of their hearts, to dishonor their bodies one to another, which exchanged the truth of God for a lie, and worshiped and served [the creation] instead of the Creator." (Romans 1:21-25, NKJV throughout).

They had trusted that the sun as their god would provide them with enough crops to survive the winter and they rejected God as their provider. “'…don't worry about your life, about what you are going to eat or drink; nor of your body, what will you wear. Is not life more than food and the body nothing more than clothing? ... Do not worry and say: "What will we eat?" or ... "What will we wear?" Because these are the things that the pagans look for. Because your Heavenly Father knows that you need all these things. But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all this will be added to you ”(Mt 6, 25-33).

They had relied on "sacred bonfires" to ward off evil spirits instead of trusting God as their protector. "HeSeñorhe is my rock and my fortress and my deliverer; my God, my strength in whom I will trust; My shield and the horn of my salvation, my strength. I will call youSeñorworthy of praise; That way I will save myself from my enemies... Because through you I can fight against a troop and through my God I can jump over a wall. As for God, his way is perfect; the word ofSeñorit is proven; He is a shield for all who trust in him. For who is God but thatSeñor? And who is a rock but our God? ... It is God who comes to me and subdues the nations under me; He redeems me from my enemies. You also exalt me ​​above those who rise up against me; You delivered me from the violent man” (Psalm 18:2-3, 29-31, 47-48).

The Celts believed in the immortality of the soul, a false doctrine taught to man by Satan in the Garden of Eden (Gen. 3:1-5), and which has deceived the entire world ever since (Revelation 12:9). ).

God says if you die, you die, period. There is no entrance to heaven (John 3:13; Acts 2:29, 34). Do not wander the land and haunted houses. Do not spend eternity in purgatory or any other man-made place: “For those who live know that they must die; but the dead know nothing, and have no more reward" (Ecclesiastes 9:5). "Behold, all souls are mine... the soul that sins shall die" (Ezekiel 18:4). Sin is breaking the God's law (1 John 3:4) "For the wages of sin is death" (Romans 6:23), not eternal life as most professing Christians mistakenly believe Halloween arose out of direct opposition to the truth of God.

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Notice what God says about pagan customs, traditions, practices, and beliefs in general: “Learn not the way of the Gentiles, nor be afraid of the signs of heaven; for the Gentiles are troubled by them. For vanity are the customs of the people” (Jeremiah 10:2-3, NIV).

God took a nation of slaves, Israel, and freed them from their cruel Egyptian masters. When he brought them out of Egypt, he commanded them, saying: 'Do not do as it was in the land of Egypt, where you dwelt; And according to the works of the land of Canaan, where I will take you, you shall not do; neither shall you walk in his statutes” (Leviticus 18:3). God commanded the Israelites not to defile themselves with the customs and customs of neighboring nations (verses 24-29). "Therefore you must obey my command, so that you do not commit any of these abominable customs that were committed before you, and so that you are not defiled by them: I am heSeñor"your God" (verse 30).

God gave Israel his laws, statutes, and judgments. He gave them a way of life totally alien to humanity; a path that, if followed diligently and wholeheartedly, will bring peace, joy, and prosperity—all the good things he desires to share abundantly with all mankind (John 10:10). God told the Israelites that if they carefully obeyed his laws, they would be blessed beyond human imagination (Leviticus 26:3-13). And that they would be grievously cursed if they rejected him and substituted pagan customs, practices, and traditions for their ways, no matter how innocent or harmless they seemed (verses 14-39).

But despite God's warnings, Israel did not listen. Even after God sent them servant after servant in his tumultuous history, they would not repent and turn to Him with all their hearts. "And theSeñorThe God of their fathers sent them warnings through his messengers, getting up early and sending them because he had compassion on his people and his dwelling. But they mocked the messengers of God, despised his words, and mocked his prophets ”(2 Chronicles 36: 15-16). Because of their spiritual adultery and their affinity with pagan practices, which called them holy even though God called them profane (Ezekiel 22:26), God had no choice but to punish Israel. And unfortunately, the descendants of Israel today - the United States, Canada, Great Britain, Australia, Israel and others - will soon be severely punished for their inability to distinguish between the sacred and the profane (Jeremiah 30:4). -7; He is. 24:13-14).

The one true God—Creator, Teacher, Lawgiver, and Judge—does not take pagan practices lightly!

Satan blinds the world

Most people don't believe that Satan the Devil exists, and that fits better with his plan. His goal is to keep the people of his world, his society, blind to his lies and deceit (2 Corinthians 4:4; Revelation 12:9). He even uses false servants who appear to be servants of light but are actually Satan's servants of darkness.

Paul wrote: “And rightly so! Because Satan himself becomes an angel of light. So, it is not strange if his ministers also become ministers of justice” (2 Corinthians 11: 14-15). Satan wants us to get so involved in the customs and customs of this world, his world, that when presented with the plain truth about Halloween, we shrug and say, "I'm just celebrating for fun." - What's that?' The big deal?'

Throughout the turbulent history of humanity, Satan has always managed to find a way to separate man from God (Isaiah 59:1-3), leading him to various sins and false ideas that may seem right, that may seem innocent and harmless, but they are in direct opposition to God! Jeremiah said, "Oh!SeñorI know that the path of man is not in himself; It is not in the man who walks to direct his own steps” (10:23), and “The heart is above all deceitful and hopelessly wicked; Who can know? (17:9). Even as the Roman Catholic Church tried to cover up the strange pagan practices of the Celts and Romans, they instituted their own false and satanic teachings and passed them off as Christian. Halloween is full of deceit and falsehood.

However, even after all the historical evidence and Biblical knowledge has come to light, there will still be those who continue to view Halloween as just another harmless children's custom. Nothing will convince them otherwise. Like a gleaming whitewashed tomb (Matthew 23:27), Halloween may shine on the surface, but in God's eyes it is filled with every filthy, unclean spiritual thing imaginable, a fetid stench in his nostrils (Isaiah 65). :5).

No human being or religious organization has the power to "wash down" Halloween and declare it Christian. God is exposing Halloween and seeing it exactly as it is!



Below is a list of widespread customs and their ancient roots:

playing, playing pranks:The Celts believed that the spirits of the dead, returning to earth on the night of October 31, caused trouble and damaged crops; They also believed that their gods were playing a trick on them.

Black cats:The Celts believed that evil spirits would take the form of cats and other animals on the night of October 31.

disguises:The Celts (and other Europeans) wore masks when leaving their homes after dark to avoid being recognized by spirits who might mistake them for other spirits. The "Guisers" dressed up as the returning dead and sang and danced to drive away evil spirits. Catholics dress up as saints, angels, and devils on Christmas Eve.

"Trick-or-treating":Before the Protestant Reformation, women and girls made "souls," visiting homes and ordering "soul pies." In the 17th century, Irish peasants went door to door soliciting donations for a festival in honor of Saint Columba (who they believed to be the Lord of the Dead). Until the early 20th century, the Irish solicited donations in the name of "Muck Olla", a legendary giant pig.

bonfire:Druids erected sacred bonfires on October 31, New Year's Eve, to ward off evil spirits. Believers used it to burn animal and crop sacrifices to their sun god; They also lit their cooking fires to protect their homes from evil spirits. The Scots built bonfires called samhnagan not for Samhain but for the joy of Halloween and as a defiant welcome to the coming winter. The Catholic Church continued with the tradition of the bonfire on the Day of the Dead, on November 2.

Fruits, nuts and other delicacies:The delivery of fruits and nuts may have originated from Pomona Day, named for the Roman goddess of fruits, trees, gardens, crops, and fertility. Later it was used for fortune telling games.

Rocking apple, ducking apple:It could be from Pomona Day; The Romans considered the apple a sacred symbol of their goddess Pomona. Apple ducking was a fortune telling game used to predict future love and marriage. For example, if a girl peels an apple in front of a mirror in a candlelit room, an apparition of her future husband will appear behind her in the mirror. Additionally, ducks diving with apples represented soul symbols (apples) in the cauldron of regeneration (water), much like how the Lord of the Dead collected dead souls to regenerate those doomed to inhabit animals over the past year.

Parades, parties:The Scots, Celts, and Welsh built bonfires for parades, dances, and celebrations; The Celts did this and wore costumes made from animal skins and heads. The Scots gathered young people willing to marry for fortune-telling games. Europeans who immigrated to America brought "game parties" and public events to celebrate the harvest, but also to tell ghost stories and make jokes.

cat or lantern:The name could have come from a night watchman. Turnips and rutabagas were commonly used in the British Isles; Pumpkins are the American tradition. In Britain, people hollowed out turnips and put candles in them to offer food to the dead; Later they were placed right in front of houses to keep evil spirits away.

Fuentes:Britannica Encyclopedia; "History Channel Expos: The Story of Halloween"

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What is the answer for trick or treat? ›

Despite the inherent question of the phrase, "trick or treat," the socially accepted response is to give the person candy. There's no official verbal response to it, though most reply with some variant of, "Happy Halloween," or a compliment if you like the person's costume.

Why is trick or treating apart of Halloween? ›

While Halloween was known as a time when pranksters were rampant, it was also a time for kids to collect treats. Kids would ask, “trick-or-treat?” when they called on homes, giving homeowners a choice. Since no one wanted to be pranked, candy and other sweet treats were handed out.

Is trick or treating begging? ›

As for the trick or treating, or “guising” (from “disguising”), traditions, beginning in the Middle-Ages, children and sometimes poor adults would dress up in the aforementioned costumes and go around door to door during Hallowmas begging for food or money in exchange for songs and prayers, often said on behalf of the ...

How many pieces of candy does the average house give to trick-or-treaters? ›

Little kids: 2-3 small pieces; grade school and middle school: 3-4 pieces; high school: 2-3 pieces; adults and older kids accompanying little kids: 4-5 pieces; adults carrying babies: 1-2 pieces. The adults carrying babies going trick-or-treating? SERIOUSLY!

How can we stop trick or treaters? ›

6 tips to avoid trick or treaters on Halloween
  1. Turn your lights off and close the curtains. OK, it's a bit annoying having to sit in the dark, but it's quite cosy, right? ...
  2. Go out. ...
  3. Just ignore the doorbell. ...
  4. Leave a load of sweets in a bowl outside. ...
  5. Buy a 'beware of the dog' sign. ...
  6. Embrace the madness.
Oct 29, 2019

Who does not celebrate Halloween? ›

Jehovah's Witnesses: They don't celebrate any holidays or even birthdays. Some Christians: Some believe the holiday is associated with Satanism or Paganism, so are against celebrating it. Orthodox Jews: They don't celebrate Halloween due to its origins as a Christian holiday. Other Jews may or may not celebrate.

Is trick-or-treating pagan? ›

Trick-or-treating has Celtic pagan roots

Yep – that means the dead walked the earth. Many traditions associated with Samhain would seem familiar to us today. For one thing, people would disguise themselves in costumes in order to hide from (or blend in with) the dead spirits who were said to walk among them.

Is trick-or-treating just an American thing? ›

The practice can be traced to the ancient Celts, early Roman Catholics and 17th-century British politics. Trick-or-treating—setting off on Halloween night in costume and ringing doorbells to demand treats—has been a tradition in the United States and other countries for more than a century.

What does Halloween stand for? ›

Halloween, contraction of All Hallows' Eve, a holiday observed on October 31, the evening before All Saints' (or All Hallows') Day. The celebration marks the day before the Western Christian feast of All Saints and initiates the season of Allhallowtide, which lasts three days and concludes with All Souls' Day.

Is it okay for a Catholic to go trick-or-treating? ›

Practically, it is OK for Catholics to go trick-or-treating, always keeping in mind the importance for moderation and avoidance of gluttony, as well as remembering good manners to set an example for others — not least of which should be polite behavior when asking neighbors for free candy!

Is it weird for a 13 year old to go trick-or-treating? ›

Most teenagers stop dressing up and trick-or-treating somewhere between the ages of 12 and 16 — but that doesn't necessarily mean it's bad manners for them to go door-to-door, as long as they are polite while out on the streets.

Should I let my 13 year old go trick-or-treating? ›

When it comes to the legal side of things, it's perfectly OK to go trick or treating at any age, whether your kids are four or 14 – there's no legal limit.

What candy is the number 1 for trick-or-treaters? ›

Reese's Peanut Butter Cups

The perennial favorite easily came in first place after it was named the most popular Halloween candy in a whopping 18 states, including densely populated locales such as California, Pennsylvania, and Massachusetts.

What percentage of parents steal Halloween candy? ›

It's a dirty little secret that kids have known about for years: 78% of parents admit to stealing from their kids' Halloween stash, and 28% even said they eat more candy than their kids!

How many parents steal their kids Halloween candy? ›

According to a new survey of 2,000 U.S. parents with children between the ages of 3-15, two-thirds of respondents have stolen candy that their kids collected while trick or treating.

What age should you stop going trick-or-treating? ›

Almost three-quarters of respondents said that by age 17, trick-or-treaters should hang up their costumes and leave the holiday festivities to younger children.

How long do you have to stay out for trick-or-treaters? ›

Again, children will have to be up bright and early the next day to go to school, and swap candies of course. So that and the age of the trick-or-treaters will be a deciding factor for many parents on how late the little ones can stay out. Most people agree that trick-or-treating should end between 8 pm and 9 pm.

Are there fewer trick-or-treaters? ›

You may have heard of or observed a decline in door-to-door trick-or-treating…even prior to the pandemic. Survey data from the National Retail Federation (NRF) suggests it's true that fewer and fewer families are taking their kids trick-or-treating each year.

What does Jesus say about Halloween? ›

"You cannot drink the cup of the Lord and the cup of demons. You cannot partake of the table of the Lord and the table of demons." "Take no part in the unfruitful works of darkness, but instead expose them."

What religion does not support Halloween? ›

There are many religious people — Jehovah's Witnesses, some Jewish and Muslims — who don't celebrate the day who still manage to have fun. The origins of Halloween is one of the reasons why these individuals decide not to celebrate the day.

What do Jehovah's Witnesses do on Halloween? ›

Jehovah's Witnesses do not celebrate most holidays or events that honour people who aren't Jesus. That includes birthdays, Mother's Day, Valentine's Day and Hallowe'en. They also don't celebrate religious holidays such as Christmas and Easter in the belief that these customs have pagan origins.

What religion is trick or treat? ›

The history of Halloween and Christianity goes all the way back to the Middle Ages. The roots of trick-or-treating can, for example, be traced back to a medieval Christian tradition, in which the poor would go to wealthy homes on Hallowtide — the eve of All Saints' Day — and offer prayers in exchange for food and beer.

Is Halloween a combination of two pagan holidays? ›

Though a direct connection between Halloween and Samhain has never been proven, many scholars believe that because All Saints' Day (or All Hallows' Mass, celebrated on Nov. 1) and Samhain, are so close together on the calendar that they influenced each other and later combined into the celebration now called Halloween.

What is pagan Halloween called? ›

Samhain is observed from sunset on October 31st to sunset on November 1st. It is the celebration that is the origin of Halloween. Samhain was first observed by Celtic Pagans. Samhain marked the Celtic New Year, the end of summer, and the end of the harvest season.

Do British kids go trick-or-treating? ›

Trick-or-treating has become popular in the UK, but it's really an American import. People, usually children, dress up in costumes and go knock on their neighbours' doors. They say “trick or treat” and the neighbour gives them some candy. Scotland has its own brand of trick-or-treating called Guising.

Do British children trick or treat? ›

Just like in America, on October 31 children (and many grownups!) in Britain celebrate Halloween. In fact the custom of trick or treating started out in the UK!

What country invented Halloween? ›

Halloween's origins date back to the ancient Celtic festival of Samhain (pronounced sow-in). The Celts, who lived 2,000 years ago, mostly in the area that is now Ireland, the United Kingdom and northern France, celebrated their new year on November 1.

What does the Bible say about Halloween? ›

But those who look look to the Bible for guidance in life might wonder: What does the Bible say about Halloween? There's no mention of the holiday itself since it came into existence centuries after the Bible was written.

Can Christians celebrate Halloween? ›

Yes, Christians can, because the blood of Christ has redeemed Halloween. Traditionally, October 31, which is named Halloween or All Hallows' Eve, has been considered a pagan holiday. On All Hallows' Eve, it is said that the souls and spirits of the dead are given the ability to roam the Earth.

What does the Pope say about Halloween? ›

The Vatican issued the warning through its official newspaper, L'Osservatore Romano, in an article headlined "Hallowe'en's Dangerous Messages". The paper quoted a liturgical expert, Joan Maria Canals, who said: "Hallowe'en has an undercurrent of occultism and is absolutely anti-Christian."

What religions don't trick or treat? ›

7 Religious Groups That Don't Celebrate Halloween & Why
  • Russian Christians. Halloween is not celebrated in Russia, so people of Russian descent living in America may skip the spooky celebrations too. ...
  • Jehovah's Witness. ...
  • Certain Orthodox Jews. ...
  • Muslims. ...
  • Some Evangelical Christians. ...
  • Some Hindus. ...
  • Some Mormons.
Aug 19, 2021

What do Christians do instead of trick or treat? ›

Go door to door passing out “treats” rather than receiving them! Explain that Jesus is the real treat and give them a tract to read, such as the ones at The American Tract Society. 2. Tape candy pieces to religious bookmarks or child friendly tracts and pass them out as the trick or treaters come to your door.

Does the church accept Halloween? ›

Pope Gregory III transferred the Feast of All Saints from May 13th to November 1st. Pope Gregory IV then extended this feast to the Universal Church. That is why Halloween is celebrated by Catholics all around the world, but in their own cultural ways.

Is 20 too old to trick-or-treat? ›

unless you're a parent. "[You're] never too old to trick-or-treat, unless you're the parent who carries around your own bag for candy and sneaks your hand into the candy bowl when accompanying your own children around the block!"

Is it OK to trick-or-treat at 17? ›

Child psychologist Michele Borba tells SheKnows that while there's no one-size strict age cutoff, most kids naturally decide between 12 and 17 that they feel too old to participate in trick-or-treating.

Can a 28 year old go trick-or-treating? ›

People can trick-or-treat at any age, but in order to receive candy you do have to wear some kind of costume, even if it's one of those “funny” no-effort ones where you just wear a fanny pack and call yourself a tourist or something.

Is it normal for a 14 year old to go trick-or-treating? ›

Most people feel kids can trick-or-treat until they are at least 13 years-old, but after that, it gets a little more complex. While some states and municipalities have an age limit to trick-or-treat, in most cases, the decision simply comes down to a judgment call.

Is it normal for high schoolers to go trick-or-treating? ›

Holiday Traditions Are Important

If your teen wants to go trick-or-treating on Halloween, and you're sure their motives aren't mischievous, then it's a great idea. Traditions like Halloween ground kids in the past and remind them what's important in life: friends, family, and wholesome good fun.

Is 21 too old to trick-or-treat? ›

There are no formal age limitations on trick-or-treating. Growing up, you probably participated in the yearly ritual until it felt weird to keep doing it. Or until it felt like you were the oldest kid on the block still out in a Halloween costume asking neighbors for free candy.

What is the most disliked Halloween candy? ›

What's the 'worst' Halloween candy?
4.Necco Wafers
3.Peanut Butter Kisses
2.Candy corn
1.Circus peanuts
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Oct 29, 2022

What is the #1 worst candy choice for Halloween? ›

For most CR staffers, it's chocolate or bust when it comes to Halloween. But there's definitely a love-hate relationship going on with their #1 worst candy choice: the infamous Candy Corn.

Do trick-or-treaters prefer hard candy or chocolate? ›

Children like chocolate best, but sometimes favor fruit flavors.

Can you go to jail for stealing candy on Halloween? ›

Even though it's just taking candy from a kid, it can still result in serious aggravated theft charges, which can result in actual jail time.

Where do parents usually hide candy? ›

The most popular places parents hide their stolen sweets include their bedroom (57%), behind food in kitchen cabinets (54%), and on top of the fridge (53%). Other often cited hiding places were parents' cars (51%) or work offices (46%).

What is the top selling candy to hand out to trick-or-treaters? ›

What is the most popular Halloween candy 2022: Reese's Cups is nationwide winner, according to candystore.com - ABC7 Chicago.

How much money do Americans waste on Halloween candy? ›

"Every year, Americans throw away about $400 million worth of uneaten sweets from trick-or-treating. That's a lot of food waste.

What percent of parents admit to secretly eating their child's Halloween candy? ›

The study shows that 82% of parents steal their kids' Halloween treats.

How much candy should I give each kid on Halloween? ›

If you don't know the right answer in your soul, just plan on this standard: 2 to 3 fun-sized candies per kid.

What do we say trick or treat in Halloween? ›

The phrase is a subtle suggestion that if a treat (like candy) is given, then the child will not perform a “trick" (mischief) on the owner of the house. This popular Halloween custom has its origins in the ancient practices of “souling" and “guising."

What to do if someone says trick? ›

That's not exactly how it works. By saying “trick or treat,” the kids who knock on your door Halloween night are demanding a treat or else they'll play a trick on you. You don't have to say anything, except maybe how scary/cute/funny/original/awesome their costumes are.

How do you greet a trick or treater? ›

Be friendly when your trick or treaters come up. Say “Happy Halloween!” and compliment them on their costumes, or on how much candy they've collected. Smile and wave when they turn to go on to the next house.

What do we say in Halloween? ›

"Trick or Treat" is the quintessential Halloween greeting but why do we say it?

What is an example of trick or treat? ›

Use the phrase trick or treat on Halloween when you're wearing a costume and knocking on your neighbor's door asking for candy. You're most likely to hear kids dressed as ghosts and monsters yelling trick or treat on Halloween.

What is an example sentence for trick or treat? ›

We got all dressed up for trick or treat. When the door opened the kids all shouted “Trick or treat!”

What does trick mean insult? ›

Slang. a prostitute's customer. a sexual act between a prostitute and a customer.

Do you let trick-or-treaters pick their own candy? ›

Trick-or-treaters love to aim for their favorite candies, and you can help them along by simply holding out your bowl and letting them pick whatever they want. Make sure they don't grab too many by saying something like, “You can grab two, ok?”

Who was the first to say trick or treat? ›

The practice can be traced to the ancient Celts, early Roman Catholics and 17th-century British politics. Trick-or-treating—setting off on Halloween night in costume and ringing doorbells to demand treats—has been a tradition in the United States and other countries for more than a century.

What is the trick or treat rhyme? ›

"Trick or treat, smell my feet. Give me something good to eat. If you don't, I won't be sad. I'll just make you wish you had!"

What are popular Halloween sayings? ›

Halloween Sayings:
  • Eat, drink and be scary!
  • Ghostly Greetings!
  • Halloween is a real treat.
  • Have a fang-tastic night.
  • Happy Haunting!
  • Have a bootiful Halloween.
  • Don't be a scaredy cat.
  • I witch you a Happy Halloween.

Why do Americans say Halloween? ›

The word "Halloween" comes from All Hallows' Eve and means "hallowed evening." The history of Halloween dates back to a pagan festival called Samhain.

What is a cute Halloween saying? ›

"Happy Howl-oween." "Too cute to spook." "Howl you doin'?" "Oh my gourd!"

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