By: Brian Evans

Today, Americans, and especially Christians, question the Halloween festivities that take place, wondering where the traditions came from, and how they evolved. The History Channel has reported that ‘All Hallow’s Eve’, also known as Halloween, was originated from the Celts, where they said that…

“It is thought to have originated with the ancient Celtic festival of Samhain, when people would light bonfires and wear costumes to ward off roaming ghosts.”

The Celtic tradition was then adopted by the Roman Catholic Church, which came to dominate European life and religion. It was during that time, the pagan holiday was given a Christian connotation, and became known as a day to celebrate the saints!

The Boston Globe’s Katherine Whitmore wrote that…

“Just as the early Christian Church overlaid Christmas on a pagan winter solstice festival, and Easter on spring solstice, Halloween became tied to harvest time and All Saints Day, celebrated on Nov. 1 – ‘hallow’ sprung from the Old English word for ‘holy’ and ‘e’en’ is a contraction of ‘evening,’ thus ‘Halloween’ for the night before”

As a result, “All Hallows Eve” was adopted by Christians, and became a vigil for “All Saints Day”!

The History Channel added that over the years…

“Halloween evolved into a secular, community-based event characterized by child-friendly activities such as trick-or-treating. In the second half of the nineteenth century, America was flooded with new immigrants including the Irish fleeing from the potato famine in Ireland in 1846. By combining Irish and English traditions, Americans began the ‘trick-or-treat’ tradition. “In the later 1800’s the holiday became more centered on community and in the 1920s and 1930s, Halloween became ‘a secular, but community-centered holiday’. In the 1950s leaders changed Halloween as a holiday aimed at the young to limit vandalism. This all led to what Halloween actually is like today.”

Now, as ‘All Hallows Eve’, also known as Halloween, continues to evolve, greater problems continue to arise, creating even greater dangers for America’s youth!

In fact, this month, after a Georgia Sherriff tried to protect young children from convicted child sex offenders, a judge ruled on the side of sex offenders, that the Sherriff cannot warn children about houses that they should avoid approaching as they trick-or-treat, in search of their Halloween candy! Therefore, child sex predators now have rights, which endanger the most precious in society…OUR CHILDREN!

It began when the Butts County Sheriff Gary Long had placed “no trick-or-treat” signs in the lawns of registered sex offenders as a community warning, ahead of the holiday. That led to three of the sex offenders filing a class-action lawsuit last week, which claimed it violated their constitutional rights against forced speech, by announcing without their permission that they were child sex offenders! Now, U.S. District Court Judge Marc Treadwell has sided with them and granted a preliminary injunction, agreeing with the sex offenders, that the Sherriff was trespassing on the sex offenders property, and that they should not have signs that warn away children, despite their predatory past!

The Judge wrote…

“The question the Court must answer is not whether Sheriff Long’s plan is wise or moral, or whether it makes penological sense. Rather, the question is whether Sheriff Long’s plan runs afoul of the First Amendment of the United States Constitution. It does.”

It is ironic, in that the sex offender registry in Georgia is public and anyone can look up their names, photos, and current addresses, but according to the Judge, announcing that children cannot trick-or-treat at their homes is unconstitutional!

Sherriff Long was astounded and concerned, as he posted his reaction to the ruling, as he said…

“For this Halloween, our Deputies will keep a very strong presence in the neighborhoods where we know sex offenders are likely to be. Deputies will have candy in their patrol vehicles and will interact with the children until the neighborhood is clear of Trick-or-Treaters to ensure the safety of our children on Halloween night.”

Unfortunately, there is no time for the Sherriff to respond to the court judgment this year, but he promises to appeal the decision for next year’s holiday, as he works to keep the children under his protection safe!