My kids dressed in cute costumes and went trick-or-treating and there were lots of other kids in cute costumes laughing and having a great time, but the gory origins of Halloween are always eating at the back of my mind and it bothers me. What really happened when the Druids "played" bobbing for apples putting apples in boiling hot water and innocent people had a choice: they could either be beheaded or stick their heads in the water and catch an apple in their mouths, those who didn't get the apple either died from the agony or were killed, those who did get the apple were scarred and blinded for the rest of their lives-and usually died from the burns, anyway. Another way to celebrate Halloween was to put poor pheasants in the "Wicker Man", which was basically a huge wicker structure made to look like a human. They would set the wicker man on fire and listen to the screams of the people dying.I don't want to ruin the kids' good (innocent) fun, but at the same time, I don't really feel good about participating in a holiday with such a revolting history.
Does anyone else feel the same?
Oct 31, '06
I wasn't aware of the specifics, but I was aware of the general stuff. I too felt a little strange with celebrating. In my area, very little true halloween celebration goes on. Most churches have festivals, the school has a fall festival, etc.