melissa-the-gerudo:

spoopyrump:

NO BUT REAL TALK OK I WENT TO SCHOOL IN GEORGIA AND I EVEN HAD TEACHERS TELLING ME THAT I SHOULDN’T CELEBRATE HALLOWEEN BECAUSE IT WAS THE DEVIL’S BIRTHDAY AND I GOT SUSPENDED FOR 4 DAYS BECAUSE I WROTE AN ESSAY ENTITLED “You’re All Dumb, The Devil Wasn’t Even Born: The Story of All Hallow’s Eve” AND I TALKED ABOUT THE HISTORY OF HALLOWEEN, HOW IT WAS A PAGAN CELEBRATION TO VENERATE AND APPEASE THE DEAD AND HOW THE DEVIL WAS TECHNICALLY AN ANGEL THAT WAS CAST FROM HEAVEN AND BECAUSE ANGELS WERE CREATED BY GOD THEY WEREN’T BORN THEREFORE THE DEVIL COULDN’T HAVE A BIRTHDAY. MY PRINCIPAL WAS SO CONCERNED FOR ME BECAUSE I WAS IN 3RD GRADE AND HE GOT MAD AT MY MOM FOR RAISING SUCH A “DISRESECTFUL, HEDOONISTIC CHILD”. SHE BOUGHT ME ICECREAM AND LET ME WATCH CARTOONS WHILE I WAS OUT OF SCHOOL.

I am from GA and I can confirm this is their mentality. It is stupid that most think this. Even my mom was brainwashed to think it is a holiday that worships the devil. And she used to enjoy Trick or Treating and dressing up as a kid. She forced us to dress up as angels every year, and when our grandma tried to take us down the block, we were banned to go see her on Halloween.
It isn’t even about the Devil, but Samhain. Samhain, also the Gaelic word for “November,” was a totally different entity. Some could consider him evil, Hollywood does like to paint him that way in horror movies. Others saw him as a nature spirit, but the holiday didn’t worship him per-say. Any sacrifice of cattle to Samhain, was thought to ensure that the people and their livestock survived the winter. These were old traditions, of a world scared of the dark. Traditions that date before pre-Christianity. You would be hard pressed to find cultures that didn’t believe in the old gods in some form or fashion, because that was the only way we could explain things, and cope with the unknown back then. You just need to remember the mindset of the people from that age, is way different than the people of today.
Bonfires were lit, because they were thought to cleanse, purify, and protect. The tradition of dressing up was to blend in safely with mischievous spirits and fairies, that were thought to roam the earth when the veil between worlds was thinnest. Jack o’ Lanterns, carved from turnips, were thought to scare away evil spirits from your home. The souls of the deceased were thought to revisit their homes. Feasts were had, at which the souls of dead kin were invited to attend, and places were set at the table for them. (Hince “All Souls Day.” So yes mom, you are still celebrating Halloween, whether you believe it or not.)
Since then, it has turned from an adult’s holiday, to a children’s. And people barely even remember what the original purpose of Halloween was. I am catholic and I still believe Halloween isn’t evil, nor do I see the reasons behind the old traditions as horrible and bad. The only evil, is brought on by individual people’s actions. If someone decides to worship the devil on that day, then I suppose that day would be evil for them, but that was not the true intent, or origin behind the holiday. A DAY IS WHAT YOU, YOURSELF, MAKE IT. I can’t stress that enough. For Halloween is nothing but a name. It is a day like any other. But this is the bible belt. They don’t care if they are wrong. They don’t like to be corrected, They won’t do any research to better understand. They just blindly follow what the majority thinks. Mom included. There is no harm in a little traditional warding of evil, for a successful survival through the winter. Not that I plan to do any sacrificing of cattle, unless I cook a steak. lol 
In short, lighten up, and try and have a broader mind of things. The world would be a better place if we only took the time to try. 
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