(By Talia Wise) Millions of people will be celebrating Halloween on Tuesday, October 31, including many Christians. Halloween is the second largest commercial holiday in America grossing $8 billion in sales. Some parents will dress up their children in costumes ranging from princesses to goblins and go trick-or-treating. However, many do not realize there’s a darker reality to this celebration and it is steeped in

paganism and witchcraft. Halloween, or All Hallow’s Eve, originated in the ancient Celtic festival Samhain, which means “end of summer.” According to the Encyclopedia Britannica, the souls of the dead were supposed to revisit their homes and many people believed that ghosts, witches, goblins, black cats, fairies, and demons roamed the earth. So, in order to protect their families and livestock during the coming dark winter months, the Celts invoked the help of their gods with animal sacrifices. READ MORE