DIY MASTER EP 7: Halloween Zipper Face Makeup
For many, many years Halloween has been associated with witchcraft and evil. The only night of the year when Satan claims souls for hell is the faith of the church and godly people. Halloween began as a pagan festival that celebrated nature and its gifts. It was believed that on this night the boundaries between the living and the dead were compromised and that the spirits of Halloween could walk the earth.
In an effort to appease the Halloween spirits, people left offerings of food and drink at their doors. It was believed that these Halloween customs would protect their crops for another year. It was also the time for a practice called “desecration”.
The desecration involved food in exchange for prayers. During the celebrations, poor people would beg for food from their neighbors. This food was given in exchange for the prayers of the recipients for the souls of the dead relatives. When the Halloween customs were passed on, begging became food for these poor people who continued to pray for the dead. Eventually, children were sent from house to house to provide food or money for the family.
In some countries, the wearing of masks and receiving gifts is still called “desecration. Small amounts of food or money are still accepted by children. Trick-or-treating is one of the modern American Halloween customs. The first recorded celebration of Halloween in the United States was in Anoka, Minnesota, in 1921. That was the beginning of trick-or-treating, Halloween costumes, and a series of activities that were the essence of the celebration.
When the celebration began, the trick-or-treating was just that. When the owner of the house did not provide candy, the person in the costume (one of the most popular Halloween customs is dressing up) would perform some sort of trick. This could be a joke or throwing eggs at the house. In some countries, this is part of the pranks of Halloween ghosts. Any Halloween ghost that hasn’t been fed is likely to have done something to the person in the house. It was in 1970 when the trick-or-treating tradition began to fade due to several rumors that some households were handing out harmful or poisonous treats to children. Today, many parents accompany their children on trick-or-treating trips or organize private Halloween parties.
Now children go from house to house, say this phrase, and get lots of candy. People travel from one neighborhood to another to buy candy. Tricks are more part of the fun of the evening than insulting a single person. If a neighbor doesn’t join in, he turns off his porch light so the kids know to stay away. Of course, there are the troublemakers who throw eggs at egg houses and cars, but most neighbors celebrate Halloween without incident. Even adults participate in Halloween customs with fog machines and costume parties.
In an effort to scare people, the stories of the undead have been immortalized in books like Frankenstein and Dracula. The films brought us Freddy Krueger, Jason Voorhees, Michael Myers, and the screaming guy. People love to be scared, but much of the fiction was confused with the fact that Christians were led to believe that the practice of Halloween was bad for their children.
Basically, kids know what we tell them… There are people who practice earthly religions like Wicca and those who call themselves Satanists. They had the most influence and media coverage that night. Even these groups have been made worse than they really are by movies and books.
Our children will learn through the knowledge we gain that the practice of dressing up and getting candy is not bad. Ghosts don’t wander the streets trying to take over their bodies or mess up their minds. In fact, it’s important for little ones that we don’t expose them to the scariest side, because they could be traumatized and fear the fun side of Halloween.
Christians have nothing to fear from Halloween as long as the truth is told. There are groups that practice magic (the jury is not yet out) and have contact with the dead, but they do not have exclusive rights to Halloween. They practice their craft all year round, not just on this one night of the year.
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