Americans are expected to spend a whopping $6.8 billion on halloween this year. Today there are more than 2,500 ‘haunted’ attractions nationwide. Thousands of temporary halloween stores now pop up after Labor Day. And you may say, “So what?” and “It’s just fun, isn’t it?”
And the answer is no, that it is a disturbing trend. Because it represents a cultural shift, the mainstream acceptance of the pagan and death-centered celebration of halloween at the same time that Christmas and Easter are being marginalized by the media and secular America. No more “Merry Christmas” or “Christmas vacation”. Now it’s just “Happy Holidays” or “Winter break” or “Spring vacation”.
But halloween… now we plan for it from Labor Day on.
Certainly there historically has been a celebration of halloween as a time for kids to dress up as goblins and to collect candy on trick-or-treat night. Over the last 20 years, however, halloween has turned increasingly into a grown-up phenomenon, and a culture-wide phenomenon, and it now represents yet another phase of ‘perpetual adolescence’ among the adult population of America.
The ‘new halloween’ is manifested in elaborate adult costume parties and balls, often featuring decadent themes and behaviors; extravagant lawn tableaux with large-scale props even at homes without children; a wide Halloween presence in the media; halloween-oriented business pitches; and heavily-attended parades. These all represent the routine acceptance of pagan halloween at the same time that America is becoming less and less committed to, and knowledgeable about, its Christian founding and the freedoms emanating from it.
In fact the adults most likely to eagerly participate in halloween are also those most likely to have marginal commitment to our freedoms and to the whole idea of American exceptionalism in the first place.
They are more likely to be frivolous, cynical, attention-seeking, narcissistic, hedonistic, superficial, pleasure-seeking, confused, insecure, lonely or even socially ‘lost’. They are more likely to be proponents of our nonjudgmental Whatever Culture that believes that whatever happens is fine, and that freedom means you are free to do whatever your heart desires.
But liberty is not so simple. It comes with warnings and boundaries and limits. After all, we are not allowed to shout “Fire!” in a crowded theater even though free speech is guaranteed. And the more incrementally permissive and flippant our society becomes, the more endangered our freedom becomes. And halloween represents another chink in our armor of civility and maturity.
Go to any halloween store this season and you are just as likely to see adults as children shopping for costumes and ghoulish get-ups, in some places more likely, as in New York City. And we are told by the atheist media that this is just harmless fun. But it is not. Hitler, Stalin and Mao Tse-Tung all were mass murderers who were committed anti-Christian atheists, occultists and pagans. And many of the people behind the mainstreaming of halloween are atheists, occultists, satanists, witches and other deviants who are committed to the secularization of America and the degrading of our core cultural institutions.
After all, who needs to visit an art museum or study the Bible or the Constitution when you can mindlessly dress up like some degenerate and get a few chuckles
In other words, serious people don’t do it. And empty people do not care about the higher and more challenging aspirations of our culture. In fact they usually are obsessed only with themselves and with filling up their emptiness with exercises that often are meaningless in themselves.
Another phenomenon of the new halloween culture is the sexualization of young girls. Some contemporary costumes for little girls are either coquettish or downright slutty, with short, revealing skirts and other suggestive paraphernalia. Which means that halloween today is being used not only to degrade adults, but to elevate young girls to a stage of sexual exploitation, all egged on by nihilist parents and other grown-ups.
Because halloween is increasingly becoming an ugly celebration of satanism, of which endless and unlimited permissiveness and sexual pleasure is a part. Satanists are in full flower on halloween, although it happens largely behind the scenes and undercover, and is dismissed in the “fun” of halloween. But they are there, and often throughout history, hidden forces like satanists at halloween slowly manipulate societies to their own evil ends. And if you point to the satanic nature of halloween you are ridiculed as sooooo old fashioned.
Today in Greenwich Village, a homosexual quarter of New York City, the halloween parade draws hundreds of thousands of viewers. Halloween is called ‘gay Christmas’ by some who see halloween as a celebration of that part of society which overtly thumbs its nose at traditional American values and restraint. And the Greenwich Village parade is put on by adults and is largely enjoyed by adults. After all, most homosexuals do not even have children. Much of the event is disturbing with expressions of abnegation, profanity and sexual deviancy. And of course it is politically leftist.
Halloween also is being promoted by people who once were called “witches” but today are called “wiccans”. This softens the blow of who they really are and what their real goal is – to turn people away from vigilance, liberty, scholarship and freedom and into witchcraft and moral equivalence and New Age thinking which is nothing but chaos. Today openly wiccan people are school teachers and serve in other positions of authority over children. Yet we are not allowed to question them. Or even to question halloween itself.
Another manifestation of the new ‘halloween culture’ is the widespread and year-round exploration of the paranormal – ghost hunts, communicating with the dead, haunted hotels etc. This stuff is all over TV and movies, and is more widely accepted than ever.
Now think about the 1950s when halloween seemed like a much more benign celebration. You may think that it really did not affect us baby-boomers much. But perhaps it was another base upon which the permissive 1960s ‘hippie’ culture, and its sex and drugs and demonic rock music further degraded some of us, who today are adult liberals. And thus over the years you have the recipe for cumulative cultural breakdown that we are experiencing today. So perhaps halloween did affect us more than we knew.
Heck, even Christian churches today have halloween parties for kids.
Why? Why not at least let these pagan celebrations go on in pagan places?
Answer: Because today paganism is even in our churches, many of which are no longer even Christian churches but are places of liberal political indoctrination masquerading as sacred places.
Americans should start to protest halloween parades sponsored by public money, and halloween plays and programs in public schools, the way that secularists have pushed Christian messages out of our public square and out of our schools. Because after all, halloween is a religious celebration of pagan atheism. And we must have “separation of church and state”, mustn’t we?!
Oh, no, the celebrants say, you are just going overboard. Halloween is just harmless fun! You are just an unhappy conservative!
But no, do not be deceived. There is much at work under the radar here and it is creeping in on little cat feet. Just as America’s economy has been undermined incrementally by mindless spending and ever-increasing debt loads and sloth and corruption, our culture is being undermined by increasing secularism, narcissism, frivolity and selfishness. In poll after poll, fewer and fewer Americans are describing themselves as Christian believers while at the same time more and more adults are partaking of the “harmless” celebration of halloween.
You do the math…
And finally, halloween in another way represents the most dangerous social trend of all – the stripping away of our strong personal identities behind those “harmless” costumes. Because people lacking self-knowledge – willing to become ‘someone else’ even if only for an evening – are more likely to be led by others into destruction, while those of us who are confident in our identities are more likely to seek equality, freedom and opportunity for all because we trust our own souls, and yours too.
Indeed halloween gives Americans yet another opportunity to get outside of themselves and to become somebody they are not, in the most thoughtless ways. And that is the crux of the most hazardous outcome of all.
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