Witches and Satan links to Halloween

Happy Halloween.

Many people of a religious nature dislike Halloween due to it’s connection to the occult subject of witchcraft and devil worship. Does this have any merit?

Halloween is the feast of Satan, warns former ‘witch high priest’. Should we be worried? – Telegraph Blogs.

Fundamentalist Christians are also in their element. Given that Halloween is the feast of Satan (they have decided), they feel they have permission to go into rhetorical overdrive – and these aren’t exactly folks who hold back in the first place.

Meet William J Schnoebelen, former “witch high priest” – funny how ex-Satanists always insist that they were senior devil-worshippers, not just part of the demonic rank and file. He writes:

Halloween used to be called Samhain, and is still celebrated as an ancient pagan festival of the dead by witches all over the world. Unfortunately, just giving the date a “holy” name like All Hallows’ Eve or All Saints’ Eve cannot change its grisly character. Halloween is an occasion when the ancient gods (actually demons) are worshiped with human sacrifice.

But there is no evidence for that. It’s easy to be able to make up nonsense to scare people. But that’s what horror movies are for. If people berate you for celebrating the feast of Satan today, just laugh at them (an evil, maniacal laugh) and walk away.

Google celebrates witchery today as a Doodle
Halloween witch: The real history behind Google’s doodle – CSMonitor.com.

Halloween has a fascinating history. Check out this piece.
Why Do We Connect Halloween and Satanism? : Discovery News.

And my favorite site is History Channel, their History of Halloween is great.

The Haunted History of Halloween (TV program) Good stuff.

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  5 comments for “Witches and Satan links to Halloween

  1. WMcCreery
    October 31, 2013 at 12:10 PM

    As a practing Pagan I can tell you that Samhain is a major festival where we celebrate the people who have passed on. It is a celebration of their lives and how we miss them. No human sacrifice by pagans but who knows about the other misguided people?

  2. Brian
    October 31, 2013 at 3:12 PM

    I prefer the feast of Turkey in November. Satan always turns out gamy and kinda rubbery.

  3. October 31, 2013 at 7:18 PM

    Happy Halloween, Sharon. I’ve been working on a folk history of sleep paralysis, more precisely “Witch Riding” (a.k.a. Hag Riding, Riding with the Witch, Witch on your back, etc.). I wish I could have gotten done with it in time to post on Halloween. Unfortunately, I’ve been busy with school projects. I’m hoping to include ethnographic data at a later date.

  4. Barry
    November 1, 2013 at 3:32 AM

    I wish there was some kind of black magic that would make people use apostrophes correctly.

  5. Chris Howard
    November 1, 2013 at 11:33 AM

    It is the feast of satan!

    I’ve worked the event! He pays REALLY REALLY well, too… oh, no. Sorry I’m confusing that with the catering gig I did for The Texas Republican Party.

    The menu requests are nearly identical. ;-)

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