Shades of Samhain — Lord of the Dead! By good old Druid reckoning, here we are at that time of year again . Dress your little kiddies up in the most demon-inspired outfits possible: witches, ghosts (unholy), skeletons, ghouls, black cats (they make the best mediums), monsters of every description (a modern touch), or any animal costume will do if it has a weird and possessed look. Now send your little subjuveniles out for their once-a-year lesson in total delinquency to pillage, extort and vandalize. Don't worry — most laws are suspended for this harmless practice because it's a "Christian" religious holiday: All Saints' Day! But don't send them out during the day, because, as we all know, Satan is the Prince of Darkness and the Devil does his best work under cover of the night. Also, it would be a good idea to go along as a bodyguard, because there are some intolerant adults who like to retaliate against this mayhem by slipping razor blades into apples, LSD into candy, or just scare the blazes out of the youngsters when they come "trick-or-treating." Halloween was "baptized" in "Christianity" in about A.D. 834, but all the practices, including the "protection" money and gifts of food, were observed by many different pagan cultures long, long before the word "Christian" was ever coined. Ignore that command from God in the Old Testament which says:" Take heed to thyself that thou... inquire not after their gods, saying , How did I these nations serve their gods? even so will I do likewise. Thou shalt not do so unto the Lord thy God: for every abomination to the Lord , which he hateth, have they done unto their gods..."! (Deut. 12:30-31.) And, because Halloween has a completely pagan foundation, you will also have to ignore that New Testament statement: "For other foundation can no man lay than that is laid, which is Jesus Christ" (I Cor. 3:11). Fact is, why not join the kids? You could do more damage, have more fun — and it would be more in keeping with the ancient pagan practice! Or... You could recognize Halloween for what it is, have just as much fun teaching your kids where it came from (request our free reprint article "Why the Strange Customs of Halloween?"), and maybe even "treat" a neighbor kid to a little intellectual enlightenment on this dark night of Satanism. Just a "harmless day (night) for the kids to have a little fun"? Why not take the opportunity to explain that in ordered society vandal ism is not "fun." That extortion (trick or treat) should be left to the Mafia and/or the politicians. That the Devil and his demons don't have to be bought off with candy and scare tactics, but that God is alive and in control, and the mere name of Jesus Christ is sufficient protection from the dangers of demonism. Exorcise Halloween — why not?