Reuben Buchannan with pamphlets he delivered around Emerald last year, telling people the true origins of Halloween.
Reuben Buchannan with pamphlets he delivered around Emerald last year, telling people the true origins of Halloween.

Evils of Halloween exposed

HALLOWEEN is largely considered an excuse to cut a couple of holes in a white sheet, put it over your head, knock on a stranger's door and demand lollies.

Like a lot of traditional holidays, the true meaning of the spooky October 31 night has been lost through commercialism, but there are still those who understand the origins of All Hallows Eve.

Reuben and Sheryl Buchannan are adamantly against the Celtic pagan night of frights because of its roots, which can be traced back to the Druids, who were feared across much of northwest Europe around 500BC.

"People don't understand what Halloween really is," Reuben said.

"The jack-o-lantern was originally a carved pumpkin that inside burnt human fat from a human sacrifice.

"These are things that people don't know about, and that's worrying."

He said the world was "slowly opening up and forgetting" the true meanings of things, such as the origins of trick-or-treating.

"Back then, if someone knocked on your door on Halloween and you didn't give them what they wanted, they would curse you," Reuben said.

"Who would want to be cursed just for not giving something? It's scary and anti-Christian."


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