Rick Branch and James Walker
Watchman Fellowship, Inc.
“Every October 31st, hundreds-of-thousands of children dress in costumes which range from the cute and sweet to the macabre and Satanic. This custom is ritually repeated because, well, because its always been done. That is what makes it a ritual. After all, it is a great way for children to get candy, have harmless fun and pretend they are someone else.
But where did the rituals come from? Why do people carve jack-o-lanterns? Why do children dress in costumes? Where did the tradition of bobbing for apples at parties originate? Why when children approach a strangers door do they enthusiastically exclaim, ‘trick or treat?’ How did the custom of orange and black as the colors of Halloween get started? Where did these rituals originate?” — Rick Branch and James Walker