As you probably know or at least guessed, we don't participate in Halloween. Not participating means, we want nothing to do with it! I make no apology for following my convictions. If you don't agree, that is between you and God, if it offends you, take it to prayer. If you hold the Bible as your guidebook in life, ask God for understanding and peace in your heart. If you have peace with the choices you follow, than God is with you. If you don't have peace, than take it to prayer. I'm not laying judgment on anyone for their own beliefs and traditions, i'm just stating why I believe the way I do. I feel it is of the utmost importance to not just follow along, but to KNOW in your OWN heart why you believe like you do, in everything. (The underlined type means it's a link to more information)
In case your not sure what participate means, here's the definition from
1: to possess some of the attributes of a person, thing, or quality
2 : to take part
The History channel has some great videos on the history of all the holidays. They are not religious based, just the facts!! I love using their videos as research. Even if you don't believe the Bible, you can see clearly where todays traditions originated.
Here's a quick synopsis:"Halloween, celebrated each year on October 31, is a mix of ancient Celtic practices, Catholic and Roman religious rituals and European folk traditions that blended together over time to create the holiday we know today." It's been changed to include kids in on the fun, now that those kids are grown it includes adults again. It's the second largest holiday after Christmas for sales and marketing.
Those cute kids all dressed up in innocent costumes are symbols of the wandering spirits roaming the streets on the night when the spirit world and real world are intertwined. Those "Trick or Treat"'s used to be people who went from door to door asking for a treat in exchange for saying a prayer for lost souls in purgatory.
The Pumpkins carved with lights, originated from turnips that were carved (and later pumpkins because they were easier to carve and easier to find) to scare the evil spirits away from the houses..
A simple search will pull up all the proof you need as to the origins of all the traditions surrounding Halloween.
So why do we still view it today as it originated?? Well for many reasons, mainly because it's STILL IS celebrated as it was originally. Halloween is still the most coveted days of the year for Wiccans, Neo-Pagans and Celts, it's not some ancient tradition that has no relevance now.
Here is another link to some good info