PRIESTS have warned that Halloween is “highly dangerous” for kids as it “opens the door to Satan”, as thousands get ready to dress as ghosts, ghouls and witches.
Church leaders discussing the threat of the annual celebration said displays including items related to witchcraft were “sending the wrong message to children”.
Rev David Crooks said Halloween is turning into ‘ridiculous nonsense’ that could be dangerous[/caption]
The stark warning was delivered at the annual synod of the Dioceses of Derry and Raphoe, in Northern Ireland reports the Derry Journal.
The paper reports that Rev. David Crooks said: “Halloween…is turning into this ridiculous nonsense…In shops and all over the place, we see all these accoutrements of witchcraft and all that kind of horrible nonsense.
“People say ‘Oh, it’s just for the children’. Well, I think it’s sending the wrong message to children – it’s actually highly dangerous.
“It can lead children to start looking at the internet and finding there things like tarot cards and séances, it can grow into all of that. It’s highly dangerous stuff.”
Priests said displays showing items related to witchcraft could be ‘highly dangerous’[/caption]
Rev Crooks reportedly received support from fellow Church of Ireland figures with calls made for a “strategy” to be drawn up.
Colleague Rev Mark Lennox raised concerns over the sale of Ouija boards in Derry.
He said people needed to be taught that such items are not fun but are “opening doors to the principalities and the powers that we read about in the Book of Romans and other parts of Scripture.”
Halloween, also known as All Hallows Eve, is thought to date back to the ancient Celtic festival of Samhain where people would dress up to ward off ghosts.
Over the centuries it has evolved to today’s celebrations which see pumpkins carved and youngsters dressing up and heading out to trick or treat their neighbours.
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