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Have you ever wondered about where Halloween came from? Or how it got started, and what's lurking behind the candy-infested traditions of All Hallow's Eve? Look no further. In response to the flood of festivity and freaks, I give you Bare Bones: The Heartless of Halloween. Read at risk of spoiling your celebratory illusions and misguidances related to the shebang of October. 

 

Disclaimer: This isn't a ranting-against-the-morals-of-Halloween-with-a-billion-caps-and-exclamation-points kinda thread. I am merely ranting in an organized, no-caps way for yall's benefit. The basis of my reasons come from an article that will reveal the true history behind Halloween. This in itself, for me as a Christian, will tell you why I and my family do not celebrate Halloween or participate in any events related to it, alternate or otherwise. 

 

Here is the history of All Hallow's Eve. Let's begin with the dictionary... 

  1. "Hallow" means honor, or holy.
  2. "Eve" means the day or period of time before an event or occasion (the evening or day before a religious festival). 

​Now for history... The following information was transcribed from this very helpful site. All that you see here is the History of Halloween described objectively by an author of the History website. The original formatting has been changed to make readability more easy. 

 

From www.history.com, I give you this:

 

Ancient Origins of Halloween

Halloween's origins date back to the ancient Celtic festival of Samhain (pronounced sow-in). The Celts, who lived 2,000 years ago, mostly in the area that is now Ireland, the United Kingdom and northern France, celebrated their new year on November 1. 

 

This day marked the end of summer and the harvest and the beginning of the dark, cold winter, a time of year that was often associated with human death. Celts believed that on the night before the new year, the boundary between the worlds of the living and the dead became blurred. On the night of October 31 they celebrated Samhain, when it was believed that the ghosts of the dead returned to earth.

 

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 fortune.

 

When the celebration was over, they re-lit their hearth fires, which they had extinguished earlier that evening, from the sacred bonfire to help protect them during the coming winter.

 

By 43 A.D., the Roman Empire had conquered the majority of Celtic territory. In the course of the 400 years that they ruled the Celtic lands, two festivals of Roman origin were combined with the traditional Celtic celebration of Samhain.

 

The first was Feralia, a day in late October when the Romans traditionally commemorated the passing of the dead. The second was a day to honor Pomona, the Roman goddess of fruit and trees. The symbol of Pomona is the apple, and the incorporation of this celebration into Samhain probably explains the tradition of bobbing for apples that is practiced today on Halloween

 

All Saint's Day

On May 13, 609 A.D., Pope Boniface IV dedicated the Pantheon in Rome in honor of all Christian martyrs, and the Catholic feast of All Martyrs Day was established in the Western church. Pope Gregory III later expanded the festival to include all saints as well as all martyrs, and moved the observance from May 13 to November 1.

 

By the 9th century, the influence of Christianity had spread into Celtic lands, where it gradually blended with and supplanted older Celtic rites. In 1000 A.D., the church made November 2 All Souls’ Day, a day to honor the dead. It’s widely believed today that the church was attempting to replace the Celtic festival of the dead with a related, church-sanctioned holiday. 

 

All Souls’ Day was celebrated similarly to Samhain, with big bonfires, parades and dressing up in costumes as saints, angels and devils. The All Saints’ Day celebration was also called All-hallows or All-hallowmas (from Middle English Alholowmesse meaning All Saints’ Day) and the night before it, the traditional night of Samhain in the Celtic religion, began to be called All-Hallows Eve and, eventually, Halloween.

 

Halloween comes to America

The celebration of Halloween was extremely limited in colonial New England because of the rigid Protestant belief systems there. Halloween was much more common in Maryland and the southern colonies.

 

As the beliefs and customs of different European ethnic groups and the American Indians meshed, a distinctly American version of Halloween began to emerge. The first celebrations included “play parties,” which were public events held to celebrate the harvest. Neighbors would share stories of the dead, tell each other’s fortunes, dance and sing.

 

Colonial Halloween festivities also featured the telling of ghost stories and mischief-making of all kinds. By the middle of the nineteenth century, annuel autumn festivities were common, but Halloween was not yet celebrated everywhere in the country. 

 

In the second half of the nineteenth century, America was flooded with new immigrants. These new immigrants, especially the millions of Irish fleeing the Irish Potato Famine, helped to popularize the celebration of Halloween nationally.

 

To read more, click here to read the full article. 

 

So now you know why I am morally against all things Halloween. It started as evil, and from evil comes no good; this is rather an obvious fact, correct?

People put out gravestones, sometimes going as far as to place a miniature, fake cementary in their yard. How is this fair or considerate to those who have lost someone dear to them, who have sat by a burial site and cried? This horrific decor only serves as a painful reminder of what they've lost. I know this from experience. While I dread the festivities and freaks of October, I look forward to the important events during this month: two of my siblings' birthdays, and my adoption day. 

Onto the next topic before I go on a tangent here. 

Candy. It is, in it's most external form, innocent. But take that delicious piece of sweetness and parallel it to sin. Sin is deceptive, alluring, not good for you in anyway, and is temporary. Those are a few parallels. Candy is one of the most vital parts of Halloween to many who participate in the festivities. Now, you may be thinking I'm going a little far with this candy business, but it's true. Does candy help you stay healthy? Can it lead to sugar rushes and comas? Is it a temptation when you're on a diet? Is it's packaging littered all over private and public property by the end of the month? No. Yes. Yes. And yes. 

I dare not lose you, reader, by dabbling in the Halloween entertainment; namely, pranks and horror movies. Both are just pointless, harmful, and really, why? Go scare the heck outta yourself in your own hallways, fabricate your own horrors, or just leave it be. Stimulation of the psyche as you watch these horror shows and movies is absolutely harmful to you in the long run. I may be going on a limb here, but in my opinion, if one watches enough horrors, they could give themselves PTSD. Especially at the rate of horror movies being cranked out in theatres during October. 

All right. That is all I will allow myself to say here. Slam, oppose, or criticize me for my views and beliefs if you wish, but I will not respond to any comments including strings of exclamation points, multiple caps in a row or alternating, and/or an extremity of verbal opposition to my own standards. 

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Clarification on that last bit, I will respond to constructed comments. 

You may be wondering and begin to point a finger at me as you see me participating in game events such as SoD is having right now. I only collect the candies for the ermergersh gorgeous dragon, a combo of two of my favorite dragons. The only other game event in which I am in right now is DragonVale. That is only to get those elusive lil buggers that I don't have yet. Ahem. 

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Interesting...very interesting...*strokes spagetti beard*hmmm...

Wow Bo...Incredibly interesting...Honestly, my family has never been big on Halloween anyways. The only thing we've ever done is trick-or-treating...and that's mostly when we were little)...but wow. I never knew the actual history of it. *ponders all the information*

Honestly, Halloween never really sat well with me. It was all to creepy and I'm not a person who enjoys horror. Now, maybe there was a subconcious reason why...

(And I'm doing the same...for the dergoboi xD)

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Bork is like a big, silly puppy. He's extremely playful and will fetch just about anything. He's a precious cinnamon roll and really isn't mean to anyne or anything. You can always find him with his tongue lolling out and his tail wiggling around. He is the welcoming commitee and also acts like a happy big brother to all my dragons (except my Nadder and Sand Wraith, who are my only dragons older than Bork). He also had an obsession with cardboard boxes as a hatchling, and that has since carried over to adulthood. I have lost many boxes due to Bork trying to squish into them.

Here's a wonderful picture of Bork by Soulofthefoxy! Thank you so much!

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Vanko is a devious little boi. He's always getting into trouble and under everyone's feet. He wants to be recognized and praised for his achievements, no matter how tiny or menial. He is rather snappish and somewhat of a glory-hog, even to me...He's the sort of dragon that claims he's of regal blood and wants to rule over everyone...even though he's not cut out for any sort of work-intensive job..and not very noble at all...He is the personification of the phrase "problem child" (someone please send help...he's such a terror...already trashed my farm twice, almost ate a sheep, and locked the chickens in the fish trap...o_o XD)

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I am an arteeeesssssttt....but have never made an actual request thread xD

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About 99.999% of all things I say are banter, jokes, and not at all serious. It's all in good fun and I rarely am serious about anything here...

However, I can be very serious when I want to, and it usually shows, especially if I'm defending friends. Though I don't naturally seek out and/or participate in drama, if I feel the need, I'll add my two-cents then disappear.

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By the time I was a part of my then-new family, my parents had realized the dark depths of Halloween and had withdrawn from events like trick-or-treating. We've never gone since then, and I'm glad we haven't. With my 24/7 imagination, I'd have anxiety issues by now with all those needlessly gory decorations. 

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I see...yeah..I've never seen the reason for having all the creepy stuff...I've never been in any haunted houses...just...pure evilish stuff in those. I really dislike stuff like that anyway... :T