The Great Debate…oh, and a little history (whoops)

Hey everybody. So I’ve been totally out of whack with posting for…quite some time. I don’t even want to look at it.
So, with Halloween today, I thought I would bring up a wonderful point.

For all of you who are thinking of writing a Halloween short-story, or are in the process of doing so, let me give you a little history lesson on the origins of this thrilling day…..

First off, there were multiple origins, depending on which country you’re looking at.

I’m going to start off with the most basic, prominent origin of all: The Roman Catholic Version. Nope it’s not a new translation of the Bible, it’s actually the origins of the deemed ‘devil’s birthday’.

Anyone who is a Christian like me may already know this, or be shocked by this, but the Catholics actually created this celebration and placed it on a day that has been speculated to have been previously occupied by a pagan celebration. But you know what? The pagans had so many festivals, celebrations, and worship days…it’s impossible for Christians to have a completely clean day, k?

Halloween’s name originated from All Hallow’s Eve, as popularly known, but it doesn’t mean what many people think it means. I was always taught, and had heard people say that ‘Hallow’ meant ‘Hollow’ like a ghost, and that All Hallow’s Eve was created to worship the ‘ghosts and spirits’ that for some odd reason decided that ‘hey, October 31st is kinda cool. Let’s go with that day’. But no. It in fact does not mean All Spirit’s Eve.

Let’s look at the word. Where have we seen Hallow before? Some of you say it every week day in class….

‘our Father, who art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name.’

Since the Lord’s name is in fact not a soul of a deceased person, it comes to reason that it actually means ‘Holy’.

The Catholics on this site should know all of this by now, but All Hallow’s Eve actually means ‘All Saint’s Eve’ and was the day before ‘All Saint’s Day’ A day that the Catholics honoured (not worshiped) all of the dead, and prayed for those who had recently departed, since at that time many people believed that the spirits of the dead hung around the earth and chilled for three days until judgment day. So they thought that if they prayed enough, maybe God would turn a blind eye to the bad things they had done.

I’m gonna take this moment here to just note that this is why I shamelessly celebrate Halloween as a Christian since it is a day to remember Jesus’s triumph over death for me, and I use it as a Remembrance Day for all people, not just soldiers. 

Another interesting thing is the origins of the Jack ‘o lantern.

So, in this Catholic legend, some dude named Jack, who was a turnip farmer (they all were at this time apparently) decided that he was really smart.So when he happened by the devil himself (cause that happens every day) he decided to trick him up a tree. When the devil was up the tree, Jack drew the symbol of the cross on the tree trunk and prevented the devil from climbing down (SYMBOLISM! AUGH!@#$ lol, jk) While the devil was hanging out there, Jack made a deal with him. If he vowed to make sure Jack didn’t end up in hell, Jack would let him down (mak’n deals with the devil. Literally). The devil agreed, and Jack went on his way. When Jack’s life came to an end, and he went before God in judgement, God turned him away immediately (the dude was whacked man.) Jack appeared before the gates of hell, and the devil turned him away as well, honouring their deal. With nowhere else to go, Jack spent the rest of eternity wandering around as a ghost, carrying a turnip as a lantern (wasn’t a very bright fellow, now was he?) Many people began carving turnips into lanterns as a sort of protection against the devil, but they started carving pumpkins instead cause…who wants to carve a turnip =-=….

I still carve pumpkins as a Christian. I do not do it to ‘protect myself from the devil’ cause I’m already covered, but I just like stabbing squash with sharp, serrated objects and then setting them on fire. Thankyou.

now that’s just one origin. The other origin is the Celtic version Samhain. Now, what I know of the old Irish Catholics is that many were fairly superstitious, and quite a few believed in another world where Faeries and other folk fae lived. They would dress their baby boys in girl’s clothing to protect them from evil fae that were ‘known’ for pulling boys into shadows and kidnapping them. Creepola, am I right? Many of the Irish blamed Fae for the Great Potato Famine, and that it was battling faeries overhead that caused the clouds of black dust, and resulting rotting crops. In this same way, they believed that Samhain was a day that these creatures ran free, wreaking havoc. They left offerings out for the demons, and prayed for the protection of their souls. At least they were trying… 😛

Now, Samhain was the origin of Trick or Treat if you haven’t guessed already. You dress up as demons, run around trying to find ‘offerings of candy’ and if you’re really hardcore you play a trick on the houses that don’t have treats or ‘offerings.’

I’m okay with t-or-t cause…candy. Also, I do it with a whole heart, and not in any way trying to mimic the demons that the Irish believed ran free. I mean, I dressed as Marty McFly last time.

Sorry for half making this post a religious stance, but it’s a super controversial topic right now, and although I’ve heard over the internet from former witchcraft praciticers that Halloween is scary and more active in practice than we could imagine, I think we can turn everything for the glory of God, whether it’s putting our gift of creativity to the test by stabbing different varieties of fruits and roasting their insides as healthy, crunchy snacks, or having a great time with your friends gather candy (which you will then pawn off to them at their house and take out your healthy snacks you made at home the night before….no? Just me? Okay…).

So, something to think about for your festive writing. Hallow is not a type of ghost, and horror has literally only like, %2 relation to it. I mean, it’s like if there were a thing to watch Chucky on Remembrance day….now that would be…yeah. Also, those poor Irish Catholics are blamed for everything. Go find an Irish friend for me this Halloween and give’m a hug.

BTW: I have not signed up for Nanowrimo and I’m screwed. #Happythoughts

 

Julie, the one who’s gonna be the sky for Halloween…also, avoid shadows. AVOID FREAKING SHADOWS. (Irish legends more terrifying than Dr.Who since c.4000BC)

 

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I'm horrible at writing short, so 300 words is murder. Let me put it this way: I'm a cool homeschool kid who loves pasta, alpacas, and books. Mostly books. My dream is to publish my (amazing *cough*) book and have a home library *bows* The Bible's a book that's fandom is way too small -Julie M

5 thoughts on “The Great Debate…oh, and a little history (whoops)

  1. Woahhhh…with a Catholic background even I didn’t make that connection 😀 These stories were interesting. We just talked about the story in Jack in school yesterday, but you explained it a lot better than my math teacher did. lol

  2. I love this! I’ve heard some of those stories, but a couple were new. Thanks for shedding light on all of it. And I agree. THE SYMBOLISM!!! I love how God is in everything, even those holidays that some would say are the darkest ones. (And the most candy-filled:)
    I’m having homemade apple pie tonight. 10 times better than high fructose corn syrup. (Bwahaha!)

  3. Good post. I agree that this sort of thing is a really hot topic right now. I knew a lot of the stories you told, but it was still really interesting. My family celebrates Halloween in the same frame of mind that you do. Oh, and you’re not the only one who gives all your candy away and eats way more delicious healthy treats. I’m planning to do it tonight! I mean, we’re going to have ice cream with baked apples and brownies, all sugar free and amazing, so who needs candy?

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