“The day originated in Ireland and Scotland with the Celtic and Druid pagans. They believed the most active night of the spirit world was October 31. On that day every year Chron, the sun god, died. Samhain, their god of the dead, could bring back to life Chron, but only if people would sacrifice innocent blood.
Most Halloween symbols reflect these pagan origins. The jack-o-lantern, for instance, originally was a large turnip or skull with a candle in it. Some believe the fearsome face represented Samhain, who would drive off less powerful spirits. Others say the terror-stricken face represented a man named Jack whose soul wandered about between heaven and hell, unable to reside in either.
Similarly, trick-or-treating originated when people dressed in costumes in order to fool the evil spirits about their true identity, and thus cheat death and avoid the wrath of Samhain. People went “asouling" to neighbors, demanding favors and food and threatening to cast a spell if their demands were not met."
– from http://www.worldmag.com/1997/10/reformation_day
October 31 is Reformation Day!
Here are some FUN ways to celebrate the day when Martin Luther reformed the church, leading people to a great rediscovery of the good news of salvation by grace through faith in Jesus:
Dressing up, crafts, etc.:
Youth group party:
“All anger will come out anyway, either verbally or behaviorally. If you don’t allow a child’s anger to come out verbally – as unpleasant as it might be – the anger will come out as passive aggressive behavior."
– from “The 5 Love Languages of Children“
Dr Adrian Rogers on a lifetime commitment to marriage, one in which the couple has thrown away the “parachute" / the backup plan on their plane–
“It is not primarily your love that holds your marriage together. It is your marriage that holds your love together. It is that commitment that enables your love to go on and on and on. I’ve told my wife- if you ever leave me, I’m going with you."
Here’s the podcast.