Kimberly Daniels warns us of “The Danger in Celebrating Halloween.”

Update: The original entry on CBN.com has been yanked after just about everyone on the Internet noticed it and started linking to it. So I’ve updated the link to point to the article’s home on the Charisma magazine website.

Nope, this isn’t another article in the yearly tradition of warning you about checking your Halloween candy before eating it or wearing costumes that restrict your vision. This one comes from the founder of Kimberly Daniels Ministries International and was published on CBN.com Charisma Magazine and it starts off with a question:

Halloween—October 31—is considered a holiday in the United States. In fact, it rivals Christmas with regard to how widely celebrated it is. Stores that sell only Halloween-related paraphernalia open up a few months before the day and close shortly after it ends. But is Halloween a holiday that Christians should be observing?

Almost any time an article starts off like that you can pretty much bet the bank the answer is going to be a resounding “No.” Chances are the person writing it is a religious nutcase who is out to rain on someone’s parade and Mrs. Daniels doesn’t disappoint:

The word “holiday” means “holy day.” But there is nothing holy about Halloween. The root word of Halloween is “hallow,” which means “holy, consecrated and set apart for service.” If this holiday is hallowed, whose service is it set apart for? The answer to that question is very easy—Lucifer’s!

The first couple of sentences start off OK, but then she dives off the deep end with the last sentence in the paragraph. Halloween grew out of old pagan rituals and has nothing to do with Lucifer outside of the minds of crazy Christian fundamentalists. But I’m sure that little fact won’t stop this lady from going on to weave a story full of bullshit.

Lucifer is a part of the demonic godhead. Remember, everything God has, the devil has a counterfeit. Halloween is a counterfeit holy day that is dedicated to celebrating the demonic trinity of : the Luciferian Spirit (the false father); the Antichrist Spirit (the false holy spirit); and the Spirit of Belial (the false son).

Did you know Lucifer has his own Trinity? That’s news to me and I’ve read the Bible several times over. But maybe I missed that part so let’s skip ahead a little and see if we can’t get to what the real dangers of celebrating Halloween are:

The key word in discussing Halloween is “dedicated.” It is dedicated to darkness and is an accursed season. During Halloween, time-released curses are always loosed. A time-released curse is a period that has been set aside to release demonic activity and to ensnare souls in great measure.

[…] During this period demons are assigned against those who participate in the rituals and festivities. These demons are automatically drawn to the fetishes that open doors for them to come into the lives of human beings. For example, most of the candy sold during this season has been dedicated and prayed over by witches.

Hoo boy, we’re into some Grade A Crazy now!

Really? Witches? You’re going to seriously suggest that the candy being sold at this time has been prayed over by witches transforming it into some sort of Tylenol delayed-release of evil?

I do not buy candy during the Halloween season. Curses are sent through the tricks and treats of the innocent whether they get it by going door to door or by purchasing it from the local grocery store. The demons cannot tell the difference.

Yep, she’s seriously going to suggest just that. So there’s one of the great dangers of celebrating Halloween. If you eat any candy that’s been prayed over by witches you’ll be possessed by demons too dumb to tell the difference between candy you begged for and candy you bought for yourself at the store.

But she’s not done with the crazy just yet. She’s got lots of it and she’s handing it out in lieu of treats this year:

Even the colors of Halloween (orange, brown and dark red) are dedicated. These colors are connected to the fall equinox, which is around the 20th or 21st of September each year and is sometimes called “Mabon.” During this season witches are celebrating the changing of the seasons from summer to fall. They give praise to the gods for the demonic harvest. They pray to the gods of the elements (air, fire, water and earth).

Well at least she got the name right, though Mabon is celebrated by neo-pagans and has nothing to do with the Christian concepts of Lucifer or demons or a “demonic harvest.” The name for the Autumnal Equinox was coined by Aidan Kelly around 1970 and is a reference to Mabon ap Modron who is the Welsh personification of youth. Ironically if you do your research you’ll learn that in Celtic lore Mabon ap Modron has more to do with rebirth, the start of Summer, than the Autumn harvest, but when you’re making up your own religion based off old pagan ideas no one ever said you couldn’t move things around a bit. After all it’s not like the Christians didn’t move Jesus’ birth to the other end of the year so they could usurp a major pagan holiday.

Continuing…

Mother earth is highly celebrated during the fall demonic harvest. Witches praise mother earth by bringing her fruits, nuts and herbs. Demons are loosed during these acts of worship. When nice church folk lay out their pumpkins on the church lawn, fill their baskets with nuts and herbs, and fire up their bonfires, the demons get busy. They have no respect for the church grounds. They respect only the sacrifice and do not care if it comes from believers or non-believers.

Gathering around bonfires is a common practice in pagan worship. As I remember, the bonfires that I attended during homecoming week when I was in high school were always in the fall. I am amazed at how we ignorantly participate in pagan, occult rituals.

Apparently if you worship Mother Earth with fruits, nuts, and herbs you unleash demons. This is yet another amazing bit of nonsense she pulled out of her ass. The second paragraph makes me wonder if she participates in any of the common Christmas traditions of decorating a Christmas tree or kissing under mistletoe or exchanging gifts as those are all pagan rituals from Yuletide on which Christmas is based. Considering how much bullshit she spreads around to paint Wiccans and Neo-pagans as devil worshipers I can only imagine she has just as much bullshit to justify the pagan-based rituals she does partake in.

The gods of harvest that the witches worship during their fall festivals are the Corn King and the Harvest Lord. The devil is too stupid to understand that Jesus is the Lord of the Harvest 365 days a year. But we cannot be ignorant of the devices of the enemy. When we pray, we bind the powers of the strong men that people involved in the occult worship.

It’s clear now, with her citation of the Corn King and the Harvest Lord, that Mrs. Daniels is engaging in the age old Christian tradition of painting the Pagans as being Satanists, which just isn’t true in the slightest. I’m sure Mrs. Daniels would be more than offended if a pagan were to portray her religion as a sick zombie worshiping death-cult (which, depending on how you look at it, is a fair description) yet she has no problems portraying the pagans as evil people intent on unleashing demonic forces on unwitting Christians. Hypocrisy is not a value I remember Jesus endorsing.

In case you don’t think she’s really portraying pagans as evil all we have to do to see this is true is to continue reading:

Halloween is much more than a holiday filled with fun and tricks or treats. It is a time for the gathering of evil that masquerades behind the fictitious characters of Dracula, werewolves, mummies and witches on brooms. The truth is that these demons that have been presented as scary cartoons actually exist. I have prayed for witches who are addicted to drinking blood and howling at the moon.

Got that? She’s prayed with real, live witches that were addicted to drinking blood and howling at the moon. How can you not take her seriously?

Incidentally, it’s interesting to read what the neo-pagans have to say about the Corn King and the Harvest Lord:

Yet another kingly God from Wiccan traditions is the Corn King, who grows during the hot summer months only to give himself up for the good of others when harvest comes. The death of the Corn King is a powerful image of sacrifice—of one who lays down his life for the welfare of those he loves. Many vegetation Gods play this sacrificial role, one well-known example being Dumuzi, the Sumerian consort of the Goddess Inanna. In most mythic stories, the sacrificial God dies and is reborn at the beginning of the next season. Of course, the theme of the dying-and-reviving God found it’s most enduring form in the mythic story of the death and resurrection of the Christian God, Jesus of Nazareth.

[…] HARVEST LORD is an ancient symbol of the Slain God, the willing sacrifice, the sacred king, and sacred seed. He is the Green Man seen as the cycle of Nature in the plant kingdom. The Harvest Lord is cut down and his seeds planted into the earth so that life may continue and be ever more abundant. This mythos is symbolic of the planted seed nourished beneath the soil and the ascending sprout that becomes the harvested plant by the time of the next Autumnal Equinox.

It shouldn’t come as any surprise that both of these pagan myths sound remarkably like the Christian story of Jesus. If you’ve studied ancient religions to any degree you will be more than aware that the idea of a God sacrificing himself for the sake of his creation—sometimes in human form and sometimes not—is a recurring idea that predates Christianity. There’s a lot of such myths out there and the Christian version is hardly novel.

The point being that there’s clearly nothing evil or demonic about the pagan myths. That, in fact, they express some of the same ideas that the Christian myth does. Mrs. Daniel’s attempts to twist them into something evil and demonic not only does a disservice to a harmless holiday, but is an act she would never tolerate against her own beliefs.

But she won’t let that fact get in the way with cranking the crazy knob all the way up to 11:

The word “occult” means “secret.” The danger of Halloween is not in the scary things we see but in the secret, wicked, cruel activities that go on behind the scenes. These activities include:

  • Sex with demons
  • Orgies between animals and humans
  • Animal and human sacrifices
  • Sacrificing babies to shed innocent blood
  • Rape and molestation of adults, children and babies
  • Revel nights
  • Conjuring of demons and casting of spells
  • Release of “time-released” curses against the innocent and the ignorant.

Another abomination that goes on behind the scenes of Halloween is necromancy, or communication with the dead. Séances and contacting spirit guides are very popular on Halloween, so there is a lot of darkness lurking in the air.

Sex with demons? Orgies with humans and animals? More Tylenol-like time-release curses? Man, apparently I’ve been getting invited to all the boring Halloween parties!

It should come as no surprise that Mrs. Daniels offers absolutely nothing in the way of evidence to back up any of those claims. It’s just more bullshit she made up to paint the holiday and pagans in a bad light. I’d love for her or one of her followers to show me anything that remotely supports the claims she’s making here. They can’t because it doesn’t happen.

The rest of her column is the standard Bible quotes and calls for people to repent that usually closes out such idiocy. There’s a certain irony, from an atheist standpoint, of watching one delusional person attack the delusions of a different group and try to paint them as evil.

The real evil here is being committed by Mrs. Daniels who sees nothing wrong with spreading lies and demonizing another religion’s beliefs to score points with her fellow believers. If she really believes the nonsense she’s spewing then she’s arguably crazy. If she doesn’t then she’s classically wicked. Sadly, she’s hardly alone in her approach.

28 thoughts on “Kimberly Daniels warns us of “The Danger in Celebrating Halloween.”

  1. Well this post proves that you know Bullshit when you see it.

    The rest of her column is the standard Bible quotes and calls for people to repent that usually closes out such idiocy. There’s a certain irony, from an atheist standpoint, of watching one delusional person attack the delusions of a different group and try to paint them as evil.

    I do believe in repenting. To me it means change of mind or attitude. ( I don’t use the word ) It’s easier to just say ( I’ve changed my mind ) But in Kim’s case I would say she is a candidate for ( NPD ) Narcissistic Personality Disorder.

    As for Halloween I hate it !!! It makes some people go on a free for all.

    About 4 years ago, We ( Wife and I ) we coming into Albuquerque NM. A another truck about 4 or 5 minutes ahead of us went under an underpass on I – 40. It seems some kids were throwing bricks off the bridge and it came right through the windshield of the cab killing the driver and also killed his wife, as a result of the wreck. I could tell a lot of stories about Halloween.

    I’m usually parked these days. It’s just a day that ( Come Sundown ) I go hide somewheres !

  2. It’s ignorant people like this that make me irritated there is a church every 10 miles where I live. It’s why my brother is reduced to a sad “Trunk or Treat” at the church down the road instead of any actual Halloween fun. Kids aren’t allowed to dress as witches, vampires, werewolves, etc. But someone’s mom dressed in a mini-skirt batgirl costume is ok.

    If Ms. Daniels is going to talk about other religious practices, she should definitely study them before making any kind of judgement. Of course she doesn’t, she only wants to spew hate and look cool for the other bible-thumper moms. I’m sure that even if she did read any Wiccan or other pagan literature that she would willfully ignore the similarites. Christians always dislike it when you point out that their “holidays” are based on pagan traditions.

    Paul: I can see your point. Some people take the pranks too far and people get hurt. Or pets. Stupid christian teens that want to rebel against their overbearing bible-thumping parents like to “sacrifice” pure white or black cats around my area. I live out in the woods, so I have stumbled across the aftermath a few times.

    As for me, I’m going to be sitting back watching movies about, what Ms. Daniels calls, “real” vampires, witches, and werewolves while eating my cursed candy, devils food cake, deviled eggs, demon cookies, or any other “evil” food, and probably dancing to the “devil’s music.”

  3. I’m sure Mrs. Daniels would be more than offended if a pagan were to portray her religion as a sick zombie worshiping death-cult (which, depending on how you look at it, is a fair description)

    Sick?? SICK???? How dare you call it sick! Sir, I will have you know that The Truth is locked away in a vault under the Vatican. There they keep the still moving remains of the One Sweet Zombie Jesus, removed from us who know and wish his release so that he may bring His Love to this world of pain and misery. And I know it’s true because I read it on a website tha…..

    Aw, hell with it. I’ll be watching zombie flicks all day, just like I do every year. Happy Halloween, don’t let the stupid demons get you!  LOL

  4. Aw, hell with it. I’ll be watching zombie flicks all day, just like I do every year.

    Shouldn’t that be an Easter tradition? wink

  5. Ragman…ROFL..DH calls Easter Zombie Jesus Day.

    I hate it when ppl call Halloween Evil or all about the devil.  It just shows their depth of ignorance.  It was always a holiday for ancient peoples that believed the veil between the worlds was thin.  They wore demon masks so the “real” demons would think them brethren and not bother them.  They put out milk and honey on the doorsteps for the fairies so they wouldn’t cause mischief.  These were “god fearing” people that did this.  While the Pagan holiday Samhain is at the same time, that doesn’t mean it is evil or satanic either.  It is merely a nod to all those that went before us, a day of the dead to honor those ancestors who have passed on before us.  How is that evil, especially when many people visit cemeteries to honor their family dead quite often through the year?  But then again, Christians wouldn’t have a way to scare people (Christian Haunted Houses) and make them feel safe (trunk or treats..really) and therefor drag them into the church.

    If she is all about the non Christian aspect of holy-days…what about Christmas?  It was usurped from the Pagans to get them to convert (Those silly Pagans really like their parties and didn’t want to give them up).  So instead of celebrating the winter solstice that happens around the 21st of December…which is the time when The God is reborn and brings with him the warmth of the sun…they celebrate the birth of Christ…which brings salvation.  But, naturally they never see those things, never see the similarities (A sun god brining sun and salvation from winter and starvation to a sun of god bringing salvation of the world and the soul).

  6. Of course they don’t see the similarities. To do so would be to admit that Christianity is just another in a long line of myths with recurring themes. It must be unique in order for it to be true in many minds. Therefore any similarities to religions prior to Christianity is purely coincidence or the Devil attempting to trick you.

  7. I plan to celebrate Halloween if for no other reason than the fact that it’s a great big thorn in the sides of fundies.

    When I see all those neighborhood kids trick-or-treating and how much fun they have, I can’t help but think that people of Kimberly Daniels’ ilk try to be nothing more than The Grinch Who Stole Halloween.

  8. I’m probably not going to bother with Halloween, but if I did it would be to piss off people like Kimberly Daniels.

  9. Shouldn’t that be an Easter tradition?

    I’ll give you that one, but on Easter I usually fire up some version of Doom and scare the kids in the family.

  10. It’s interesting to note that the page at CBN has, since I wrote this entry, been removed. You can still find it at Charisma’s website where they are including the following disclaimer:

    Editor’s Note: We realize that the article by Kimberly Daniels is controversial. It reflects her own personal views—based on her many years of ministering to people involved in the occult. We have chosen to post another column by Ken Eastburn which offers a different view of Halloween. We welcome our readers to post comments on that article as well.

    In other words: We know she’s fucking crazy. Here’s someone else who’s slightly less crazy!

  11. Les said:

    In other words: We know she’s fucking crazy. Here’s someone else who’s slightly less crazy!

    And I say HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!  You’re like a mirror that reflects bullshit back at the source…maybe one day you’ll cause an overload, but their tolerance is obviously very high…they must be smoking it or something!

      It’s amazing what bullshit believers will put up with from their own, just to scare the masses into their cults.  I suppose it happens all over humanity, but don’t the religious tactics seem awfully similar to the political tactics of the right these days?  None of the so-called “moderate” right will deny the holocaust, or use racial epithets, or claim that Obama is a Nazi, but they sure will stand up right next to those that do, proudly, taking crazy votes and crazy donations all the way, with no sense of honesty and never a criticism to be heard.  Only the dishonest or the brain dead can be so loyal.

      Anyway, sorry to drift political there, it’s the weekend, ignore it! 

    A few things I’d like to rant about Halloween:

    I love Halloween!  Of all the holidays, it always made the most sense to me, especially the American hodge-podge version.  Something for everyone except scaredy-cat crybabies.

      It is a celebration of the harvest, a last party before nature’s annual death.  To me that is something worth a good party, especially while it’s still just warm enough to do some of it outside.  Being a celebration of the last harvest and nature’s death, it is therefore symbolically also a celebration of human death that beats “Mediocre Friday” all to hell.  I think that humanity desperately needs to have an acknowledgment of death in culture, but the christians, intellectual and emotional cowards that they are, can only handle it if there is a promise of rebirth or eternity.  Any straight acknowledgment of death puts them off their candy, and an actual celebration of death scares the shit out of them, as we can see from the article.

      Halloween offers people a chance to play the dark side of things, to experience the macabre, to feel fear or morbidity or the darker side of any emotion without so many negative or long-lasting consequences.  If nothing else, skimpy sexy halloween costumes worn by young, slightly drunk women who don’t get to express their more raw emotions too often are totally okay by me!  In a healthy, intellectually curious society, it is at least a lot of fun, and actually can provide some serious food for thought.  In more repressed religious societies, it can at least serve as a bit of a pressure release valve for those who need a little good, clean mischief.

      There are always those who go too far:  the cat killers, the vandals, the drunk revelers, etc, but they will always be here causing trouble.  If not Halloween then New Years, or July 4th, or Super Bowl Sunday, or any given weekend.  I think that if there seems to be an increase on Halloween, it’s probably partially due to the public perception that anything done on Halloween is somehow more ominous or evil than if it was done on say, St. Patrick’s Day, even though it really makes no difference.  Also, I would probably attribute any REAL increase in crime to those who are the most repressed.  I’ve never noticed an upswing in violence in the fairly liberal area I live in, but all of the few budding “Satanists” and more anti-social kids I knew when I was younger came mostly from middle-class, very uptight, very christian homes.  I don’t think that the minor temptation of Halloween is creating anything that wasn’t there already.  The kids that kill black cats on Halloween are the same little bastards that spent all summer trying to sodomize the neighbor’s tabby with a stick from a tree, and are the same ones who will kick or poison the neighbor’s dog if it barks too much. 

    As society grows (hopefully) more secular, I think that halloween will retain an importance, a way of modernizing ancient myths and rituals, and a way of increasing skepticism and generally reducing fear and superstition by intentionally creating it in limited, silly doses.  In fact I think to a large degree it already does this.  It helps to minimize the amount of fear that anyone can cause by bullshitting another, and helps to show the young that myths, spells, superstitions, rituals and thus to some degree religion itself, are complete bullshit. 

      I think that many christians, who know that demons and devils and witches are bullshit, realize this as well on some level.  Just like my friend’s mom who wouldn’t let him come over to my house because I had a Parker Brothers Ouija Board.  She was smart enough to know it was physically harmless bullshit, but it was still bullshit that could deceive her son and lead him TO HELL…or at least away from their flock and particular shared flavor of bullshit delusions.

      Anyway, Happy Halloween to one and all.  Sadly, even though Halloween is on a Saturday this year, I’m a bit broke and about half of my usual party friends have had kids in the last few months, so there won’t be any huge amount of revelry for me unless a free flying party comes by and lands on my apartment.  The old spell-caster and myself will probably just hang around the house and watch horror movies, or maybe go out for a quick drink while I sport my plastic stick-on devil horns.  One of these days I’ll get off my ass, and my lady and I will raid a church Halloween-substitute event(I hate those) dressed as chainsaw killers.  See how well the faith serves them when Ol’ Leatherface comes a calling!  Good fun to all!

  12. If necromancy is communicating with the dead, what is the 3 dollar term for communicating with the stupid?  Idiotmancy?

    People like Kimberly probably would fall back on an explanation for their lack of evidence I heard years ago on the Canadian TV news magazine The Fifth Estate.  It was a program on the “Satanic Panic” of the ‘80s.  When the interviewer asked a woman who promoted that nonsense where all the bodies of the supposed human sacrifice victims were she said that Satan made them all disappear.

  13. Ben readin Huckelberry Finn lately. Mark Twain sure knowed how to describe a tent revival, and it most nearly resembles Miss Kimberly’s rant, it do. P’haps Miss Kimberly is only a figment of our imaginations, also. Makes sense to me!  tongue wink

    As for Halloween, any excuse for a party sounds good to me! And, like others have said, there’s always those who party too much. Just have fun at the party and avoid the drunks and skunks.

    Peace

  14. This level of ignorance astounds me.

    Demons, witches, spells, sacrifices.

    This is the 21st century and people still believe this medieval crap.

  15. Daniels drives around in a ” Demon Buster Mobile” (shades of Scooby Doo) and was ordained by John Eckhardt, a man who warns that “cities are affected by demonic forces residing in the water”. I’ve done some digging here.

  16. I think there is another “side” and I, while not a fundamentalist christian, have always feared halloween.  There is some kind of evil in the universe – the kind of evil that makes men rape women in war with rifles; the kind of evil that was manifest in the holocaust.  We see the capacity of man for evil in history – both ancient and recent Evil can be attractive and even glamourous…. all of us have the capacity for evil – its our ego gone beserk… therefore, I think we should guard against the evil in ourselves and others.  While I think this women’s “take” on demons and witches is off the wall – there is an underlying reality to the fear of evil – of opening up the door to it.  Just the other day a girl was gang raped and others looked on… that’s in America in the modern age…. It is charming to see the young children dressed up in costumes – and, to see the interaction between the children and the adults giving candy… however, the other manifestations of halloween – the excuse to “go crazy” should be guarded against.  While this women’s ranting about witches etc. may seem “crazy” I have no doubt that there is an underlying validity to her fears.

  17. PS… talk about creepy!  the code that came up for my message was 47death! Guess “evil” was not too pleased with my comment!

  18. There is some kind of evil in the universe – the kind of evil that makes men rape women in war with rifles; the kind of evil that was manifest in the holocaust.  We see the capacity of man for evil in history – both ancient and recent Evil can be attractive and even glamourous…. all of us have the capacity for evil – its our ego gone beserk… therefore, I think we should guard against the evil in ourselves and others.

    The last part of that quote makes sense. The first part places evil outside of ourselves, and thus robs us of the power to control it. We can only control what we own. When we take responsibility for whatever we have done, we then have the power to change it. If, “The devil made me do it,” only the devil has the power to change it. That is known as a cop-out. That is also the evil that results from giving someone else that control: a priest, a witchdoctor, a politician. Own it and you can change it. Like Gandhi said, “Be the change you want to see.”

    Peace

  19. What leguru said. Halloween isn’t responsible for the evil that men do. Men are responsible for the evil they do. To say otherwise is to absolve them of responsibility for their actions.

  20. The devil is too stupid to understand that Jesus is the Lord of the Harvest 365 days a year

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    Les,

    Herein is proof that your cynical view has blinded you to the real, and valuable warnings she is providing.

    Jesus is the Lord of the Harvest 365 days a year.

    That means that every 4 years (when there are 366 days in a year) the devil, Corn King, or some other form of absolute malevolence has reign on the earth…and it’s people like you who are missing your opportunity to protect the souls of the raped and molested animals and people attending demon orgies from their influence.

    You’re welcome.

  21. Why can’t these people LEARN THEIR OWN FUCKING RELIGEON.

    Halloween should actually be written Hallow e’en- it is a contraction of All Hallows Eve, the night before the Christian festival of All Saints Day.  It’s nothing to do with God’s drinking buddy.

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