The ancient population of the islands of Britain, Ireland and parts of modern France celebrated their main feast – Samhain, the end of the old and the beginning of the new year, on October 31. The revelry night of Samhain was one of the worst in the year: it was believed that on this night the veil separating people and the sídhe (magical creatures hostile to people) becomes very thin, so that people and the sídhe can penetrate each other’s worlds. After the Christianization of the islands of Britain and Ireland, the remembrance of Samhain still remained among next generations.
Since 835 A.D., at the direction of the Roman Patriarch, Pope Gregory IV, the Western Church began to celebrate All Saints’ Day on November 1. The day before – October 31 – was called in medieval English “All Hallows Eve” or “Halloween”. The coincidence of dates led to the fact that this feast and Samhain were partially equated in the public consciousness, which is why Halloween changed its color to Samhain and was celebrated violently. Samhain is a pagan religious festival originating from an ancient Celtic spiritual tradition. Celebrants believe that the barriers between the physical world and the spirit world break down during Samhain, allowing more interaction between humans and the denizens of the otherworld.
Many children have no idea about the meaning, origins and spiritual dangers of the “Halloween”, neither do their parents.
In us, there are psychological moral barriers between the soul and sin, which the soul does not dare to overstep. Here is what psychologist Tatyana Goncharenko says about such “feasts”: “In the case of such spectacular, emotional shows vivid pictures are deeply imprinted in the child’s unconscious, and the phantoms of such monsters live in his or her psyche. For sensitive, impressionable, suspicious children, this can turn into persistent fears of darkness, loneliness, neurosis, nightmares. It does not even occur to parents that such a pseudo-feast could cause their child’s problems.” Perceiving emotionally such “feasts” or horror films, a person always puts him- or herself in the place of the characters and, depending on his spiritual accumulations, lives the action in either a positive or a negative role, which is imprinted in him or her. In such fake feasts, they almost don’t give a positive image to children; even those who are internally ready to reach for it. Materialism and hedonism suppress higher, spiritual needs of the soul.