When Did Halloween Become So Sick, Twisted And Gory?

Have you noticed that each year the overall tone of Halloween just continues to get darker and darker? The movies keep getting more graphic, the decorations keep getting more gory and even the costumes keep getting more twisted. When I was growing up, I remember watching relatively benign cartoons such as “It’s A Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown”, and on Halloween night we would put on our silly store-bought costumes and go trick-or-treating. It was always a little bit difficult breathing through the stupid plastic masks, but my siblings and I were eager to gather lots of candy from the neighbors. Of course as a child I had no idea what the real meaning of Halloween was, and so I eagerly participated in the festivities. During those years, I just thought it was a time to dress up as my favorite cartoon character and eat candy until I felt ill.

But as our entire culture has become more sick, twisted and gory, so have our Halloween celebrations.

Let me give you an example of how much things have changed. Just compare this clip of “Sabrina the Teenage Witch” from the 1970s to this clip of “Sabrina the Teenage Witch” from our current time.

Do you notice the difference?

We are like the proverbial “frog in the kettle” – over time we have become increasingly accustomed to occult influences in our entertainment, and over time they have just kept turning up the heat.

These days, many families eagerly embrace the gory side of Halloween. The following comes from a newspaper article about the “Halloween decorations” that one family has put up in front of their home in Pennsylvania

A Reserve Township family of Halloween enthusiasts have turned their front yard into a neighborhood horror attraction.

Passersby are greeted by a knife-wielding Jason from “Friday the 13th,” corpses hanging out of coffins, demonic clowns, vampires, bats and many more spooky sights. Sound effects are included.

“We just love Halloween,” Daniel Gairing said in front of his Edison Street home.

Really?

Do they really want children to be traumatized by “a knife-wielding Jason” and “corpses hanging out of coffins” as they walk by that house day after day?

In his most recent article, Paul J. Batura described a house in Colorado Springs that is even worse…

Then there’s a cob-web covered house a few miles from where we live in Colorado Springs with mannequins hanging from the porch rafters. But wait – there’s more. A beat-up old car is parked in the driveway, a blood-splattered mannequin hanging out its window. The last piece of the gory display is a knocked over baby carriage, made to look like it was hit by the car, complete with a dead, bloodied “child” slumped on its side.

And they call this entertainment? I call it sick.

I call it sick too.

Have we actually sunk so low as a society that blood-splattered babies are now considered to be “entertainment”?

Maybe we have.

But supposedly nobody can top “McKamey Manor”. In order to go through “America’s scariest attraction”, participants must sign a 40 page legal document. The following comes from Newsweek

Deemed to be America’s scariest attraction, visitors on a tour of McKamey Manor are willing to be physically, psychologically and emotionally tortured in any number of ways from being chained, dragged and slapped to being buried alive by several actors playing a part in the tour.

The scary antics that unfold can be so unbearable that all visitors are said to be allowed a safe word to stop the tour at any point and are required to sign a detailed 40-page legal waiver and must comply with a host of strict rules (including completing a sports physical and having an official medical note from a doctor stating you are mentally and physically cleared to participate) “for your own safety and the safety of the other guests,” the McKamey Manor website states.

Is it really fun to be “physically, psychologically and emotionally tortured”?

That certainly doesn’t sound like fun to me.

But this is where our entire country is going. As our society decays at a pace that is absolutely breathtaking, things are only going to get worse.

There are some that would like to make Halloween more “child-friendly” once again. For example, the Halloween & Costume Association would like to establish a “National Trick or Treat Day” that is held on the last Saturday of October each year. According to Fox News, the Halloween & Costume Association believes that it would be much safer for children to do their “trick or treating” during daylight hours…

The HCA claims there are “3,800 Halloween-related injuries each year” and “82 percent of parents don’t use high visibility aids,” like reflective tape or glos sticks, on their children’s costumes. Most kids don’t carry flashlights while out on Halloween night, the group claims, while “65 percent [of parents] don’t discuss Halloween safety with their children.”

Additionally, 12 percent of children age 5 and younger reportedly go trick-or-treating without adult supervision, according to their data.

Of course many have pointed out that the Halloween & Costume Association only wants this change so that they can make more money, and that is almost certainly true.

And the truth is that making cosmetic changes to this holiday does nothing to change the underlying spiritual purpose that it has always had.

As Fox News has noted, this holiday was known as the ancient occult festival of “Samhain” long before it ever became known as “Halloween”…

According to The History Channel, All Hallows Eve has been celebrated on Oct. 31 for thousands of years, originating with the Celtic celebration of Samhain, to honor the boundary between the living and the dead.

Virtually all of our current “Halloween traditions” can be traced directly back to ancient pagan religious practices.

So I don’t celebrate Halloween, and I have not celebrated it for many years.

It has been said that “you are what you eat”. Similarly, what you feed your mind is what you will eventually become.

This week, millions upon millions of Americans will open up the doors of their minds and will eagerly embrace everything that is dark, scary and evil about Halloween.

In life, everything that we do has consequences. I encourage you to think about that as October 31st approaches.

About the Author: I am a voice crying out for change in a society that generally seems content to stay asleep. My name is Michael Snyder and I am the publisher of The Economic Collapse Blog, End Of The American Dream and The Most Important News, and the articles that I publish on those sites are republished on dozens of other prominent websites all over the globe. I have written four books that are available on Amazon.com including The Beginning Of The End, Get Prepared Now, and Living A Life That Really Matters. (#CommissionsEarned) By purchasing those books you help to support my work. I always freely and happily allow others to republish my articles on their own websites, but due to government regulations I can only allow this to happen if this “About the Author” section is included with each article. In order to comply with those government regulations, I need to tell you that the controversial opinions in this article are mine alone and do not necessarily reflect the views of the websites where my work is republished. This article may contain opinions on political matters, but it is not intended to promote the candidacy of any particular political candidate. The material contained in this article is for general information purposes only, and readers should consult licensed professionals before making any legal, business, financial or health decisions. Those responding to this article by making comments are solely responsible for their viewpoints, and those viewpoints do not necessarily represent the viewpoints of Michael Snyder or the operators of the websites where my work is republished. I encourage you to follow me on social media on Facebook and Twitter, and any way that you can share these articles with others is a great help.

Halloween Warning: Here Are 15 Reasons Why You Should Not Celebrate “The Devil’s Holiday”

Halloween has become one of the most important holidays in the United States, and thanks to relentless marketing it is now celebrated in virtually every nation on the entire planet. According to the National Retail Federation, Americans will spend a whopping 8.8 billion dollars on Halloween this year, and most of that money will be spent on costumes, candy and decorations. The vast majority of the U.S. population will participate in some form of Halloween festivities, and most of them probably don’t want to hear anything “negative” about a holiday that they really look forward to enjoying. But should we actually be celebrating this holiday? After reading what I have to share with you below, you may be forced to reconsider what you believe about Halloween.

Before I get to my list, there is one key point that I would like to make. A lot of people out there seem to believe that engaging in Halloween customs is okay as long as they change the name of the holiday to something else. For example, many organizations will hold a “fall festival”, a “harvest festival” or a “trunk or treat” event this time of the year. But the word “Halloween” is not the problem. In fact, according to Wikipedia the word “Halloween” is just a shorthand way of saying “All Hallows’ Eve”…

The word Halloween or Hallowe’en dates to about 1745[32] and is of Christian origin.[33] The word “Hallowe’en” means “Saints’ evening”.[34] It comes from a Scottish term for All Hallows’ Eve (the evening before All Hallows’ Day).[35] In Scots, the word “eve” is even, and this is contracted to e’en or een. Over time, (All) Hallow(s) E(v)en evolved into Hallowe’en. Although the phrase “All Hallows'” is found in Old English “All Hallows’ Eve” is itself not seen until 1556.[35][36]

Changing the name of your celebration is not going to change anything. Ultimately, it is the traditions that are rooted in ancient pagan religious rituals that you should really be concerned about.

Look, if I attended a Satanic black mass and called it “Fun Fest 2019”, would that make it okay?

Of course not.

The ancient pagan festival that eventually became known as “Halloween” is still practiced today by occultists all over the world. They consider it to be a time when the veil between the living and the dead is the thinnest, and therefore it is an optimal time for communicating with the spirit world. And the original purpose for many of the ancient traditions associated with this holiday (such as dressing up in costumes) was to facilitate that sort of communication.

If communicating with evil spirits is something that you want, then go ahead and celebrate Halloween.

But as for me and my house, we don’t be doing it.

The following are 15 reasons why you should not celebrate “the Devil’s holiday”…

#1 Halloween is simply “a modernized version of the Druidic festival of the dead” known as Samhain.

#2 Samhain is one of the most important holidays on the Wiccan “wheel of the year”. In other words, it is considered to be a high holy day for witches all over the globe.

#3 Wiccan high priestess Doreen Valiente once made the following statement about this holiday: “Halloween is one of the four Great Sabbats of the witches that everyone has heard about. To witches, Halloween is a serious occasion, however merrily celebrated. It is the old Celtic Eve of Samhain.”

#4 Former Satanist John Ramirez says that he “sacrificed animals as part of satanic rituals” on Halloween, and now that he is a Christian pastor he warns people about how they can curse themselves by participating in Halloween traditions.

#5 In fact, Ramirez said that he would sleep all day long so that he “could unleash hell” all Halloween night long…

I remember the days leading up to Halloween, we devil worshippers had our instructions from the demon world about what had to be done, and we knew it was going to be a long night. I would sleep all day to be rested up and ready for midnight so I could unleash hell on the world into the wee hours of the morning.

#6 The founder of the Church of Satan, Anton LaVey, was absolutely thrilled that so many Christian parents embrace Halloween: “I am glad that Christian parents let their children worship the devil at least one night out of the year. Welcome to Halloween.”

#7 LaVey also once said that “after one’s own birthday, the two major Satanic holidays are Walpurgisnacht and Halloween.”

#8 According to an article in a British news source, animals and humans were both “thrown in to huge firepits as offerings” on the night of Samhain…

But the reality of Halloween through the eyes of the Celts and Druids is scarier than any horror film.

According to old documents, in its most primitive guise, Samhain would have featured many sacrifices to the Celtic gods of death, with both animals and humans thrown in to huge firepits as offerings.

People claimed the ancient Druids ate their first born children on Samhain, or collected the blood of their sacrificial humans in cauldrons and drank it.

#9 Even the History Channel admits that this was a night when animals would be sacrificed to the gods by the ancient Celts…

In addition to causing trouble and damaging crops, Celts thought that the presence of the otherworldly spirits made it easier for the Druids, or Celtic priests, to make predictions about the future. For a people entirely dependent on the volatile natural world, these prophecies were an important source of comfort and direction during the long, dark winter.

To commemorate the event, Druids built huge sacred bonfires, where the people gathered to burn crops and animals as sacrifices to the Celtic deities. During the celebration, the Celts wore costumes, typically consisting of animal heads and skins, and attempted to tell each other’s fortunes.

#10 According to Smithsonian.com, many pet shelters across America will not adopt out black cats during this time of the year because this “is a time when blood rituals take place”…

It’s unclear exactly where the superstitions around black cats and bad luck came from, but people tend to eye ancient folkloric traditions like the Druids or associations with witchcraft that arose during the Middle Ages. But being the bearers of bad luck isn’t the only rumor that follows dark-furred kitties into the present. For decades, many animal shelters have refused to adopt out black cats on or right before Halloween out of fear they will be tortured or sacrificed, Kate Knibbs writes for Gizmodo.

“This is a time when blood rituals take place,” Hedy Litke, director of animal placement at the ASPCA, told K.C. Baker for the New York Daily News in 1999. “Black cats are often sacrificed.”

#11 Today most people consider “Halloween costumes” to be innocent fun, but their original purpose was “to allow for communication with the spirit world”

Halloween masks and costumes were used to hide one’s attendance at pagan festivals or—as in traditional shamanism (mediated by a witch doctor or pagan priest) and other forms of animism—to change the personality of the wearer to allow for communication with the spirit world. Here, costumes could be worn to ward off evil spirits. On the other hand, the costume wearer might use a mask to try to attract and absorb the power of the animal represented by the mask and costume worn. According to this scenario, Halloween costumes may have originated with the Celtic Druid ceremonial participants, who wore animal heads and skins to acquire the strength of a particular animal.

#12 Even today, Wiccans consider dressing up on Halloween night to be “a form of ‘sympathetic magick’ allowing us to experience what it could be like to be on the other side of the veil”…

On Samhain night the Faerie folk are believed to be very active and delight in playing tricks on humans. If you’re near a faerie mound, be very careful not to be drawn inside, else you may disappear for a few hundred years. The Fey enjoy gifts of food and drink and pretty baubles, so be sure to leave treats for the Faeries so you won’t be tricked! In order to fool the Nature Spirits, our pagan ancestors would dress up in costumes if they had to travel about on Samhain night. They would dress all in white, like ghosts, make disguises of straw, or dress as the opposite gender. I suppose that the Faeries were so busy laughing at the costumes they forgot to play any tricks!

Another school of thought regarding dressing up at Samhain has a much more spiritual basis. Dressing as a ghost or skeleton could be seen as a form of “sympathetic magick” allowing us to experience what it could be like to be on the other side of the veil.

#13 Almost every year, dressing up as a witch is the number one costume for adults in the United States. Of course demons, goblins and vampires are very popular too. Do we really want to be engaging in a practice that actually embraces and celebrates darkness?

#14 Considering how much is done each year to normalize witches and witchcraft, should it be a surprise that Wicca has now become the fastest growing religion in America?

#15 The tradition of “trick-or-treating” is also an ancient pagan religious practice that was eventually “Christianized”

The idea of trick-or-treating is further related to the ghosts of the dead in pagan, and even Catholic, history. For example, among the ancient Druids, “The ghosts that were thought to throng about the houses of the living were greeted with a banquet-laden table. At the end of the feast, masked and costumed villagers representing the souls of the dead paraded to the outskirts of town leading the ghosts away.”

As already noted, Halloween was thought to be a night when mischievous and evil spirits roamed freely. As in modern poltergeist lore, mischievous spirits could play tricks on the living—so it was advantageous to “hide” from them by wearing costumes. Masks and costumes were worn to either scare away the ghosts or to keep from being recognized by them

There is so much more that could be written, but hopefully you get the point.

This “day of the dead” is a holiday that fully embraces evil, and that is not something that you should want to participate in.

As I explained in my most recent book (#ad), life is all about choices, and the choices that we make consistently define who we are.

You can say that you want to be good all you want, but if your actions consistently embrace evil that is what you will become.

And let there be no doubt – Halloween is a holiday that is absolutely saturated with evil, and nothing good can come from celebrating it.

About the Author: I am a voice crying out for change in a society that generally seems content to stay asleep.  I am the publisher of The Economic Collapse Blog, End Of The American Dream and The Most Important News, and the articles that I publish on those sites are republished on dozens of other prominent websites all over the globe.  I have written four books that are available on Amazon.com including The Beginning Of The End, Get Prepared Now, and Living A Life That Really Matters.  (#CommissionsEarned)  By purchasing those books you help to support my work.  I always freely and happily allow others to republish my articles in written form on their own websites as long as this “About the Author” section is included.  In order to comply with government regulations, I need to tell you that the controversial opinions in this article are mine alone and do not necessarily reflect the views of the websites where my work is republished.  This article may contain opinions on political matters, but it is not intended to promote the candidacy of any particular political candidate.  You can follow me on social media on Facebook and Twitter.  The material contained in this article is for general information purposes only, and readers should consult licensed professionals before making any legal, business, financial or health decisions.  Those responding to this article by making comments are solely responsible for their viewpoints, and those viewpoints do not necessarily represent the viewpoints of Michael Snyder or the operators of this website.

 

Is It Okay That Christmas Is All About Materialism?

How would you feel about Christmas if there were absolutely no gifts at all? That may sound like a very strange question, but I think that it is a very important one, because the truth is that our biggest holiday of the year by far is all about materialism. According to ABC News, the average American will shell out $700 for Christmas presents in 2018, and the National Retail Federation is projecting that total Christmas spending will surpass $465,000,000,000. Only 25 countries on the entire planet have a GDP that is greater than that number. Ultimately, Christmas is defined by what we give and what we get, but is that actually healthy?

When I was growing up, my siblings and I couldn’t wait for Christmas to arrive, and honestly it was all about the presents. We spent endless hours looking over the toy catalogs, we made long lists of stuff that we wanted, and we impatiently counted down the days as we waited for the 25th to arrive.

Would we have felt the same way if there had been no gifts at all?

Of course not.

And today the “holiday season” lasts longer than ever. As an excellent Psychology Today article noted, Christmas ads now begin “as soon as Halloween is done”…

The ads now start as soon as Halloween is done. Shiny cars with huge bows on top (what’s the surcharge on those bows, I wonder?), do-everything-for-you screens portrayed to make a person’s dreams come true, toy after toy after toy tied in to the latest blockbuster movie. Any kid who consumes even the tiniest amount of media is bombarded with the message that the Winter holidays, especially Christmas, involve stuff, stuff and more stuff. That getting material goods equals warmth and love. That the “magic” of Christmas comes from what lies underneath that wrapping paper.

This year, my wife actually saw Christmas trees for sale in a major retailer before Halloween.

And why are Christmas trees greatly cherished by millions upon millions of Americans?

It is because of the presents that we put underneath them. If you take away the presents, would Christmas trees have the same appeal?

No way.

And the same thing is true for Santa.

What would Santa be without Christmas presents? In the end, he would just be a creepy old guy in a red suit climbing down our chimneys in the middle of the night.

Needless to say, this orgy of materialism can put a lot of financial stress on American families, and one recent survey discovered that nearly half the country feels pressured “to spend more than they’d like on holiday gifts”

According to a recent survey from the personal-finance website Bankrate, almost half of Americans feel pressured to spend more than they’d like to on holiday gifts, with parents especially likely to feel put upon. When presented with a slew of options that might lessen their financial stress, respondents were most willing to entertain the idea of giving gifts only to their immediate family or of seeking out coupons and sales—64 percent and 57 percent, respectively, said those courses of action would be acceptable. Those surveyed rated other alternatives—giving homemade gifts, regifting, or buying things secondhand—as much less enticing. At the very bottom of the list was skipping gifts entirely, which received a tepid 13 percent approval rating.

That last sentence made me chuckle. Even if it means going very deep into credit card debt, most Americans simply hate the idea of “giving up Christmas”.

But isn’t Christmas actually supposed to have some sort of religious meaning?

Yes, and one recent poll discovered that 65 percent of all Americans believe that “Christmas should be more about Jesus”

A new study from LifeWay Research found two-thirds of Americans (65 percent) say, “Christmas should be more about Jesus.”

That sounds quite noble, and if you stopped reading there you would think that our hearts are in the right place. But then the very next paragraph tells us that the percentage of Americans that want the focus of Christmas to be more on the birth of Jesus has fallen by 14 percent in just 4 years

Those looking for more Christ in Christmas in 2018, however, are significantly fewer than four years ago. A 2014 LifeWay Research study found 79 percent of Americans at that time said Christmas should be more about Jesus.

Oh.

That is not good at all.

And there is just one more survey that I have got to share with you. In this politically-correct era, more than a quarter of all Americans would like to make Santa either female or “gender neutral”

Among fanciful suggestions such as dreadlocks, shaving his beard, and driving a limousine, the survey found that 10.6 percent would make Santa female, and 17.2 percent would make him “gender neutral,” for a combined total of 27.8 percent.

“I picture a woman giving presents,” New Jersey resident Andy Souza told News 12 New Jersey. “I just feel like a white, old man giving presents is kind of creepy.” Another resident, John Lerman, said Santa “can be whatever you want it to be” because “I think Santa is a mystical creature.”

Santa may change, but the truth is that gift giving at this time of the year is not going to go away.

In fact, gifts were being exchanged long before this holiday ever became known as “Christmas”. In ancient Rome, the pagan festival at this time of the year was known as “Saturnalia”, and gift giving was a key element

Saturnalia was an ancient Roman festival in honour of the god Saturn, held on 17 December of the Julian calendar and later expanded with festivities through to 23 December. The holiday was celebrated with a sacrifice at the Temple of Saturn, in the Roman Forum, and a public banquet, followed by private gift-giving, continual partying, and a carnival atmosphere that overturned Roman social norms: gambling was permitted, and masters provided table service for their slaves.[1] A common custom was the election of a “King of the Saturnalia”, who would give orders to people and preside over the merrymaking. The gifts exchanged were usually gag gifts or small figurines made of wax or pottery known as sigillaria. The poet Catullus called it “the best of days”.[2]

Similar festivals were held in most of the ancient pagan cultures. Several hundred years after the time of Christ these practices were “Christianized”, and “Christmas” was born.

So it kind of makes sense that even as much of the world is becoming less “religious”, the holiday of Christmas is being embraced globally like never before.

And the big reason why Christmas is so universally loved is because of the presents. People love to get stuff, and that is not going to change any time soon.

Get Prepared NowAbout the author: Michael Snyder is a nationally-syndicated writer, media personality and political activist. He is the author of four books including Get Prepared Now, The Beginning Of The End and Living A Life That Really Matters. His articles are originally published on The Economic Collapse Blog, End Of The American Dream and The Most Important News. From there, his articles are republished on dozens of other prominent websites. If you would like to republish his articles, please feel free to do so. The more people that see this information the better, and we need to wake more people up while there is still time.

The Good Side Of Thanksgiving And The Bad Side Of Thanksgiving

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I have to admit – of all the holidays on our calendar, Thanksgiving is one of my favorites.  It is a time to gather with family and friends, and it is a time to give thanks for all the good things that have happened to us this year.  And the remarkable acts of generosity that happen during this time of the year remind all of us that there are still people out there that are trying to do the right thing and to be lights in their communities.  But of course all is not well in America this Thanksgiving.  As I write about so often on The Economic Collapse Blog, poverty is growing, close to 50 million Americans are struggling with hunger, and the number of people sleeping in homeless shelters in New York City just hit an all-time record high.  Sadly, even with such great need all around us, Americans continue to be some of the most wasteful people on the entire planet.  In fact, one newly released report says that Americans will throw away 200 million pounds of turkey this Thanksgiving alone…

Americans throw away roughly $165 billion in uneaten food every year, according to government data. And about $293 million of that waste will happen during Thanksgiving — and that’s just for turkey alone.

Although sales of whole turkeys for Thanksgiving have dipped a bit in recent years, consumers are still expected to throw away about 200 million pounds of turkey during the Thanksgiving holiday, according to the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC), a nonprofit organization based in New York.

“At a time when one in eight Americans go hungry, taking steps to reduce food waste is even more critical,” said a spokeswoman for the NRDC in a news release.

How could we be so wasteful?

When you break it down, 200 million pounds of turkey comes to about two-thirds of a pound of turkey for every man, woman and child in America.

And Thanksgiving is also a time when millions of Americans are eager to hit the bottle.  On the night before Thanksgiving, demand for alcoholic beverages was so great in Pennsylvania that it actually crashed liquor store credit card systems

Credit card systems are back up and running at Pennsylvania liquor stores after they were down statewide for a time the night before Thanksgiving.

The credit card system at Wine and Spirit stores statewide went down Wednesday afternoon, CBS 3’s Greg Argos reports.

At the state-run Fine Wine and Good Spirits store near 20th and Market in Center City, the line wrapped around the store.

Perhaps even worse is what happens following Thanksgiving.  Our “Black Friday” orgy of greed and materialism has become a massive joke to the rest of the world, but we don’t seem to care.  As long as we can fill up our shopping carts with lots of cheaply-made foreign products at super-discounted prices we are happy.  For much more on the disgrace that the Black Friday phenomenon has become, please see my recent article entitled “Instead Of Black Friday Materialism, Thanksgiving Weekend Should Be A Time To Live, Laugh And Love“.

With all that being said, there is also so much good happening around the country on this holiday as well.

All over America people are devoting time, money and energy to make sure that struggling families have something to eat on Thanksgiving.  If you can believe it, even someone like Snoop Dogg is helping to give away thousands of Thanksgiving meals to families in need…

With Thanksgiving just days away, rapper and actor Snoop Dogg joined Inglewood city officials and Rams players on Monday to make the holiday a little brighter for families in need.

For the third year in a row, Snoop Dogg, who is from Long Beach, partnered with Inglewood Mayor James T. Butts and other city officials to give away thousands of Thanksgiving meals.

Many that are reading this article may be wondering why I am praising someone like Snoop Dogg, and without a doubt his music contains an incredible amount of offensive material, but in this case he is doing the right thing.

No matter who it is, when someone chooses to do great acts of love and compassion that individual deserves to be praised.

And you never know – when we praise someone for doing right, that person may ultimately decide that the path of righteousness is better than the path that they have chosen up to this point.

We should be in the “restoration business”, and there is nobody that is so far gone that they are completely out of reach.

Throughout our history, there has always been something about this time of the year that has brought out the best in people.  The following is a short excerpt from an absolutely outstanding article that was written for Charisma News by Dr. Eddie Hyatt…

The Pilgrims who landed on Cape Cod in November 1620 were devout followers of Christ who had left the comforts of home, family and friends to pursue their vision of a renewed and reformed Christianity. Although facing insurmountable challenges and much suffering, they maintained an attitude of gratitude through every trial.

They were a thankful people. They never wavered in their faith even during their first winter in the New World (1620-21) when sickness ravaged their community and half of them, about 50 in number, were taken away in death.

The first Thanksgiving was celebrated by the Pilgrims the following fall of 1621 after they had gathered in their fall harvest. Although their hearts were still heavy from the losses suffered the previous winter, there were at least three areas for which they felt particularly grateful to God.

And the spirit of that first Thanksgiving continues to live on today.  Earlier this month, a farmer named Steve Wollyung had 112 acres remaining to be harvested when the unthinkable happened.  But when tragedy struck, his entire community rallied around him and his family in a way that could definitely be regarded as miraculous

His 4-year-old granddaughter Ayla was playing in a grain wagon when she became trapped in the wagon. First responders removed Ayla from the grain wagon, and she was airlifted to Cincinnati Children’s Hospital where she later died from her injuries.

Tara Henry, a longtime friend of the Wollyung family, heard about the farming accident the next day. She called up Steve’s wife Carmen and asked if they were done harvesting, and Carmen told her they still had over 100 acres to finish and they weren’t sure how they were going to get it all done.

Henry called a few farmers who were done harvesting and asked if they would be willing to help. Word spread quickly and pretty soon more than 60 people from several counties contacted Henry about donating their time and equipment to help the Wollyung family.

In the end, the remaining 112 acres were harvested on a single day.  In fact, all 18,463 bushels were brought in by about 5 PM.

That is the kind of good news that I get excited about, and it shows that love is not totally dead in America.

Yes, things are often very bleak in our country today, but let us never forget that light overcomes the darkness.

Just when you think that there is no hope, a little bit of love can change everything.

I would encourage you to think about how you can use the power of love to make a difference to those around you during this very special time of the year.

About the author: Michael Snyder is the founder and publisher of The Economic Collapse Blog and The Most Important News. Michael’s controversial new book about Bible prophecy entitled “The Rapture Verdict” is available in paperback and for the Kindle on Amazon.com.

Is Halloween Evil? Why Witches, Occultists And Satanists Celebrate Halloween And Why You Should Not

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On October 31st, most people will simply ignore the dark side of Halloween.  The vast majority of the population will dress up in costumes, go to parties and eat candy without ever even considering where the holiday came from or what certain people are doing behind closed doors.  But the truth is that Halloween night is one of the biggest nights of the year for witches, occultists and Satanists.  All over America, those that are deep into the dark arts will be contacting the dead, casting spells and conducting blood sacrifices.  As you will see below, there is a reason why animal shelters across the country ban the adoption of black cats this time of the year.  But even our “innocent” Halloween traditions such as dressing up in costumes, “trick or treating” and carving jack-o’-lanterns all have their roots in ancient pagan practices.  And every year the costumes for our young girls become even more sexually suggestive, the horror movies become even more demonic, and the public’s fascination with the occult just continues to grow.  It truly is a festival of death, but most people don’t seem to care.  In fact, experts are telling us that Halloween has now become America’s second biggest holiday.

According to the National Retail Federation, nearly 70 percent of all Americans plan to celebrate Halloween this year, and spending is expected to shatter the all-time record…

According to the National Retail Federation’s annual survey conducted by Prosper Insights & Analytics, total spending for Halloween is expected to reach $8.4 billion, an all-time high in the survey’s 11-year history.

U.S. consumers are expected to spend an average of $82.93, up from last year’s $74.34, with more than 171 million Americans planning to partake in Halloween festivities this year.

To give you some context, total Halloween spending for 2009 came in at just 4.7 billion dollars.  So to say that the celebration of Halloween is growing would be a tremendous understatement.

Sadly, most people have no idea where this holiday originally came from.  The truth is that a long time ago Catholicism attempted to “Christianize” an ancient pagan holiday known as Samhain

The origins of Halloween are Celtic in tradition and have to do with observing the end of summer sacrifices to gods in Druidic tradition. In what is now Britain and France, it was the beginning of the Celtic year, and they believed Samhain, the lord of death, sent evil spirits abroad to attack humans, who could escape only by assuming disguises and looking like evil spirits themselves. The waning of the sun and the approach of dark winter made the evil spirits rejoice and play nasty tricks. Believe it or not, most of our Halloween practices can be traced back to these old pagan rites and superstitions.

On the Wiccan calendar, Samhain is one of the most important points on “the wheel of the year”.  Wiccans believe that it is the day when “the god dies”, and subsequently they celebrate his rebirth at Yule.

It is also a time when they believe that the veil between the living and the dead is the thinnest, and so it is an opportune time for them to contact the dead.  The following is much more on what Wiccans believe about Samhain from wicca.com

Samhain, (pronounced SOW-in, SAH-vin, or SAM-hayne) means “End of Summer”, and is the third and final Harvest. The dark winter half of the year commences on this Sabbat.

It is generally celebrated on October 31st, but some traditions prefer November 1st. It is one of the two “spirit-nights” each year, the other being Beltane. It is a magical interval when the mundane laws of time and space are temporarily suspended, and the Thin Veil between the worlds is lifted. Communicating with ancestors and departed loved ones is easy at this time, for they journey through this world on their way to the Summerlands. It is a time to study the Dark Mysteries and honor the Dark Mother and the Dark Father, symbolized by the Crone and her aged Consort.

Originally the “Feast of the Dead” was celebrated in Celtic countries by leaving food offerings on altars and doorsteps for the “wandering dead”. Today a lot of practitioners still carry out that tradition. Single candles were lit and left in a window to help guide the spirits of ancestors and loved ones home. Extra chairs were set to the table and around the hearth for the unseen guest. Apples were buried along roadsides and paths for spirits who were lost or had no descendants to provide for them. Turnips were hollowed out and carved to look like protective spirits, for this was a night of magic and chaos. The Wee Folke became very active, pulling pranks on unsuspecting humans. Traveling after dark was was not advised. People dressed in white (like ghosts), wore disguises made of straw, or dressed as the opposite gender in order to fool the Nature spirits.

The ancient practices described in those paragraphs sound very similar to what we do today in many ways, but without a doubt some of the traditions have evolved.  For example, instead of carving turnips, those that celebrate Halloween carve pumpkins today.

You may not realize this, but Wicca is actually one of the fastest growing religions in America.  And on October 31st, Wiccans all over the nation will get together to conduct rituals and cast spells.  Here is a blurb from Wikipedia about the Wiccan belief in “magic”…

During ritual practices, which are often staged in a sacred circle, Wiccans cast spells or “workings” intended to bring about real changes in the physical world. Common Wiccan spells include those used for healing, for protection, fertility, or to banish negative influences.[63] Many early Wiccans, such as Alex Sanders, Sybil Leek and Alex Winfield, referred to their own magic as “white magic“, which contrasted with “black magic“, which they associated with evil and Satanism. Sanders also used the similar terminology of “left hand path” to describe malevolent magic, and “right hand path” to describe magic performed with good intentions;[64] terminology that had originated with the occultist Helena Blavatsky in the 19th century. Some modern Wiccans however have stopped using the white-black magic and left-right hand path dichotomies, arguing for instance that the colour black should not necessarily have any associations with evil.[65]

If you are not familiar with these things, you may scoff at such practices.  But the cold, hard reality of the matter is that they are very real.  The dark side has power too, and those that have come out of witchcraft can tell you some stories that will stand your hair on end.

Wiccans think of themselves as “good”, and so they tend to reject blood sacrifices and things of that nature.

But for those that are deeper into the occult, blood sacrifice is an essential part of Halloween.  As I mentioned above, many animal shelters all over the nation ban the adoption of black cats this time of the year

It’s the week of Halloween, and maybe you don’t know this, but if you suddenly wanted to adopt a black cat, you would probably have a hard time. That’s because thanks to their association with witchcraft, accepted wisdom holds that Halloween is a time when people ritualistically mutilate black cats.

To test if this really was still accepted wisdom, I contacted some animal shelters near to our Los Angeles office, and they all told me they wouldn’t let me adopt a black cat. One, The Lange Foundation—the type of animal rescue that takes in cats from city shelters before they can be euthanized—was willing to talk to me on the phone and explain: If someone were to call and ask specifically for a black cat, that would trigger the policy. “I would say ‘not today!'” said one of the foundation’s board members, Diana Nelson.

You may not want to believe it, but animals will be killed and little children will be abused on Halloween night.  The following is what one ex-witch has shared regarding her experiences…

My parents told me before we went around the neighborhood we were going to go by the church (Mormon Church) to get some candy there. The church was very close to my grandmother’s house, and I knew so from going often.

We went to the church and what happened next made my blood curdle. I was given candy, but that was just a preclude to the sexual abuse that would happen in a satanic ritual. On Halloween Satanists use young children, such as myself, as sexual idols to worship. Other children receive a far worse fate. Death. I know for some this is more than you can even think to believe, but it is true. I can barely write these words because the pain of the truth is almost more than I can bear. If it wasn’t for the grace and love of Jesus Christ, I would not even be here writing this at all.

You may say “it doesn’t mean that to me”, but you are just fooling yourself.

Could you take a Satanic Black Mass and turn it into a celebration of Jesus?

Of course not.

And yet so many Christians fully embrace Halloween and pretend that there is nothing wrong with it.

For the record, Satanists absolutely love Halloween.  The following comes from the official Church of Satan website

Satanists embrace what this holiday has become, and do not feel the need to be tied to ancient practices. This night, we smile at the amateur explorers of their own inner darkness, for we know that they enjoy their brief dip into the pool of the “shadow world.” We encourage their tenebrous fantasies, the candied indulgence, and the wide-ranging evocation of our aesthetics (while tolerating some of the chintzy versions), even if it is but once a year. For the rest of the time, when those not of our meta-tribe shake their heads in wonder at us, we can point out that they may find some understanding by examining their own All Hallows Eve doings, but we generally find it simpler to just say: “Think of the Addams Family and you’ll begin to see what we’re about.”

Satanists consider Halloween to be one of the most important “holidays” of the year.  On page 96 of the Satanic Bible, Anton LaVey wrote the following…

“After one’s own birthday, the two major Satanic holidays are Walpurgisnacht (May 1st) and Halloween.”

Isn’t that lovely?

Despite all of this, most Christians in America will happily celebrate Halloween on October 31st.  In fact, one recent survey found that just 8 percent of all Christian pastors want their congregations to skip the holiday altogether.  Instead, most of them want their members to invite people to a “Christian version of Halloween” at their churches.  The following comes from Charisma

Two-thirds (67 percent) encourage church members to invite friends and neighbors to a fall festival, trunk-or-treat or judgment house. Pastors at bigger churches (those with 250 or more in attendance) are most likely to ask church members to invite their neighbors (86 percent) to an event at the church. Those from small churches (50 or less in attendance) are least likely (48 percent).

If the gospel is preached, I am all for people going to church on October 31st.  But all too often these “alternative celebrations” are nothing more than repackaged versions of the same Satanic holiday that the world is celebrating.  I like how Pastor Jamie Morgan described what our approach to this day should be…

Setting aside a day to celebrate evil, darkness, witchcraft, fear, death and the demonic brings disdain to God. Period. A Christian celebrating Halloween would be like a Satan worshiper putting up a nativity scene at Christmas while singing, “Happy Birthday, Jesus!” The two just don’t go together. Jesus has nothing in common with Satan (2 Cor. 6:14), and neither should we.

And the truth is that God has wanted us to have nothing to do with occult practices from the very beginning.  The following is what Deuteronomy 18:9-13 says in the Modern English version

When you enter into the land which the Lord your God gives you, you must not learn to practice the abominations of those nations. 10 There must not be found among you anyone who makes his son or his daughter pass through the fire, or who uses divination, or uses witchcraft, or an interpreter of omens, or a sorcerer, 11 or one who casts spells, or a spiritualist, or an occultist, or a necromancer. 12 For all that do these things are an abomination to the Lord, and because of these abominations the Lord your God will drive them out from before you. 13 You must be blameless before the Lord your God.

There will be many people that will read this article and will continue to celebrate Halloween just as they normally do.  If that is you, then you need to understand that engaging in dark practices can open up doors to spiritual darkness for yourself and your entire family.

If you do that, then that is your choice, but as for me and my house we will serve the Lord.

About the author: Michael Snyder is the founder and publisher of The Economic Collapse Blog and End Of The American Dream. Michael’s controversial new book about Bible prophecy entitled “The Rapture Verdict” is available in paperback and for the Kindle on Amazon.com.*

Wait, Americans Spend How Much on Halloween?

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U.S. retail sales were disappointing in September, worrying analysts that consumers may be feeling stretched or cautious as the biggest shopping season of the year rolls around. Some retailers make up as much as 30 percent of their yearly sales numbers from October to December.

Kicking off the end of year spending season is Halloween. Just how much do Americans spend on trick-or-treating and other Halloween festivities? The National Retail Federation (NRF) forecasts total Halloween spending—including candy, costumes, and decorations—to come in at $7.4 billion this year.

Halloween candy alone has run up a $2 billion tab every Halloween for the past three years, though the candy industry says that bad weather can lower the numbers slightly. “We are predicting a slight bump in Halloween confectionery sales this year (1.9 percent),” said Jenn Ellek of the National Confectioners Association. The NCA is expecting candy sales to reach $2.5 billion. Additionally, the NRF says that retailers could benefit this year from the holiday falling on a Friday, as parents will be more likely to take kids out and revelers more inclined to attend or throw parties, boosting costume sales. And don’t forget the puppies: The NRF estimates that Americans will spend $350 million just on pet Halloween costumes.

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