All Saints' Day was followed by All-Souls' Day, November 2, unless that
was a Sunday then it was November 3, this was another Catholic
adaptation of pagan festivals for the dead (Samhain). Prayers for the
dead are an integral part of the traditional All Saint's Day services,
which are scheduled in Catholic churches on November 1, and on the next
Sunday. Halloween gets its name from the Catholic holiday, it is a
Hallowed evening, because it precedes All Hallows' Day, thus: Hallow'en.
Halloween is a pagan holiday to honor the dead and evil spirits. We are
warned not to take part in customs and traditions like this in the
Scripture (see Deuteronomy 12:30-31). Many pagan cultures celebrate the
day of the dead.
What is often overlooked, however, is that there is also the remembrance
of the "Day of the Dead" followed by a New Year. This occurs on our
calendar at the end of October or the beginning of November. Note that
Genesis 7:1 states that it was on the 17th day of the 2nd month that
the vast cataclysm of the Flood erupted on the earth. On the Old
Testament calendar employed in Genesis (similar to the modern Jewish
calendar) the first month of the year runs from mid-September to
mid-October (cf. Genesis 26:12 where sowing and reaping take place in
the same year, thus indicating an autumn New Year). Therefore, the
commencement of the Flood would be the end of October or the beginning
of November. Note as well how Genesis 7:21-23 stresses the theme of
21 And all flesh died that moved upon the earth...
22 So He destroyed all living things which were on the face of the ground…
23 They were destroyed from the earth.
Only Noah and those who were with him in the ark remained alive. The
salvation of Noah and those in the Ark is completed by their leaving the
Ark and starting anew on the 27th day of the 2nd month of the following
year: that is, in November. According to the Biblical account the old
world perished in November and a year later a new era commenced in the
same month. Both of these facts are indelibly enshrined in the memory of
the human race. To many people around the world November brings the Day
of the Dead. In a number of ancient and primitive calendars November
also brings a New Year at a time which has neither solstice nor equinox
nor astronomical event to justify it. Thus the almost universal
celebration of the Day of the Dead, although pagan in origin bears
testimony to the accuracy of the Biblical text.
Halloween is a perfect example of the activities discussed in
Deuteronomy 12:30-31. Pagans served their gods by honoring the evil
spirits on Halloween. They did this by dressing up like the evil spirits
and giving offerings to the evil spirits. This is why candy is given
out on Halloween, as offerings for the evil spirits. The phrase trick or
treat was attributed to this practice because pagans believed the evil
spirits would do something bad (trick) to them if they did not leave an
offering (treat) for them.