While people may disagree with my anti-Halloween views, and argue the historical connections between Halloween and paganism, I can however offer as advice the following.
Wiccans celebrate Halloween. So do Satanists. Even Freemasonry has set aside this 'holiday' for themselves.
While so many Orthodox are against modern ecumenism, they fail to see how Halloween is part of modern ecumenism in terms of participating in a holiday that Orthodoxy has nothing to do with.
People can define Halloween as harmless but this is only used as an excuse to partake in it. Halloween is taken very seriously by Wiccans and Satanists who laugh at Christian hypocrisy whereby Halloween is celebrated and justified as a 'Christian' celebration.
Last I checked, All Saints is not Nov 1 and therefore All-Hallows-Eve is not Orthodox.
Halloween is a perfect example of people justifying their own preferances against God. People can argue the historical arguments but not the present day arguments that reveal that Halloween is satanic since it is celebrated by Witches and devil worshippers today.
I agree with you 100%
Unfortunately your concern for those who love this "observance" may not net you much or change the hearts of this type of person.
People make there own choices.
You are right...Halloween is wickedness. Evil (as always) focuses on the innocent; the very essence that God loves which we find in our children.
The Lord asked us to be like our children as a means of obtaining eternal life. We instead engage our innocent children in worldly lusts and aspirations. Our kids know more about the "easter bunny" and "rudolph the red nose reindeer" than about Jesus Christ.
It is shameful indeed.
As people by nature we are drawn to make our kids "happy". So then that is what matters the most.
A kid who can not participate in halloween activities will certainly grow up with a feeling of being deprived. This is difficult for people to deal with; including myself.
It seems we need to decide which we are more affraid of our kids or our God. That is my opinion of course.
halloween may not be satanic as I know it to be. What I know may about this upside down celebration may be wrong.
May be it is perfectly good!
It may just be this "cute day of fun and candy and masquerade and so on.
Seems harmless to me!
But where I am coming form here is far, more than just halloween.
Orthodox mentallity is the main issue for me. Not simply wether halloween is good or not.
As an orthodox I refuse to allow myself or anyone I am responsible for to engage in popular culture in general
because as a Christians and orthodox we are suppose to be UP ROOTIN ourselves from the world as well as our children; like our father Abraham who left all he knew to follow God including his way of life; his father and relatives.....everything ws left behind.
WE are new in Christ. Thus each of us a are an "Abraham". WE knowlonger hunger for the ways of old nor the ways of the world. WE loathe the world and its ways. WE are like the angels of heaven who are preoccupied only with obedience to God and everything that is filled with HIS holiness; worshipping HIM day and night without end. WE are waiting for HIM to return. WE have already packed and are ready to go......
This is the lifestyle we are striving for as orthodox.
Of course this means the company we keep and traditions we embrace will be very specific just by natural selection.
You can rest assure with this holy lifestyle we will not find ourselves hob-nobbing with wiccins or devil worshippers or some other kind of Godless element even if only by accident; without intention since we were only at the 'hallowen gatherings and activities' for very sincere and non-religious resasons...you know; for the kids! or being with "the family" or because we 'know' that the halloween practice is ok.
Well it may be OK; but many people in this dead world want us to think just that. They love the world and love secularism, liberalism, materialism. Some also consider all these and more as a religion. They worship life this way. They like for us (orthodox) to play along with them....be like them....become them.
The people you meet at the hallowen store you will not meet at the orthodox book store or orthodox feast...EVER! for NO reason....PERIOD!
They have no interest in looking like, playing along with or becoming orthodox...PERIOD!
WE are stuck trying top look like orthodox on our own.
Oh! Uhm....What does an orthodox look like anyway? Maybe we can discuss this at another time.
But they will look for us and our kids each year.
The world is corrupted and has nothing to offer us who are aware of these seemingly innocent simple acts of "culture" that play out in our long list of sins and fall from grace.
halloween is a day for the dead.
I do not expect many to respect that.
I am just glad I know it.
Let us always pray for each other.