People around the globe prepare to don fancy costumes today, October 31, as they gear up for Halloween celebrations.
However, the holiday has its roots in evil, and the leader of the Satanic church claimed it is one of the most important days of the year for Devil worshippers.
Anton LaVey founded the Church of Satan in the US in 1966.
He was the country’s most prominent Satanist up until his death in 1997 and authored several books, including The Satanic Bible, The Satanic Rituals, The Satanic Witch, The Devil’s Notebook, and Satan Speaks.
In the Satanic Bible, Mr LaVey wrote: “After one’s own birthday, the two major Satanic holidays are Walpurgisnacht (May 1st) and Halloween.”
Walpurgisnacht, or Saint Walpurgis Night, is a German annual event which is known in German Folklore as Witches Night.
Even today, the Church of Satan recognises Halloween as an extremely important day for evil.
The occultists’ website states: “Satanists embrace what this holiday has become, and do not feel the need to be tied to ancient practices.
“This night, we smile at the amateur explorers of their own inner darkness, for we know that they enjoy their brief dip into the pool of the ‘shadow world’.
“We encourage their tenebrous fantasies, the candied indulgence, and the wide-ranging evocation of our aesthetics (while tolerating some of the chintzy versions), even if it is but once a year.
“For the rest of the time, when those not of our meta-tribe shake their heads in wonder at us, we can point out that they may find some understanding by examining their own All Hallows Eve doings, but we generally find it simpler to just say: ‘Think of the Addams Family and you’ll begin to see what we’re about.’
As a result, some Christians are warning people to steer clear of Halloween celebrations.
Christian website Charisma News writes: “There will be many people who will read this article and will continue to celebrate Halloween just as they normally do.
“If that is you, then you need to understand that engaging in dark practices can open up doors to spiritual darkness for yourself and your entire family.”
Halloween marks the night of All Hallow’s Evening, or All Hallow’s Eve, a period of mourning for the dead, saints and Christian martyrs.
Halloween celebrations are rooted in the Gaelic start of winter, known as Samhai.
Samhain is an ancient Gaelic festival marking the start of winter and the end of the harvest seasons.
The holiday is traditionally observed from October 31 to November 1 – the midway point between the Autumn Equinox and the Winter Solstice.
Researchers at Sheffield Hallam University have uncovered the scratchings believed to scare-away evil spirits, inside a cavern at Creswell Crags Museum and Heritage Centre. The team using advanced technology and 3D have for the first time been able to give detailed images of the markings – thought to be the largest number recorded in the UK. According to Historic England the ‘witch marks’ or apotropaic marks, formed part of a ritual dating back as far as the early medieval period.
The non-departmental body sponsored by the Department for Culture, Media and Sport, say they have been found in many historic places, from medieval churches and houses, to barns, and caves.
The word ‘apotropaic’ comes from the Greek word for averting evil.
The marks were usually scribed onto stone or woodwork near a building’s entrance points, particularly doorways, windows and fireplaces, to protect inhabitants and visitors from witches and evil spirits.
The most common type of apotropaic mark is the daisy wheel, or hexafoil, which is often a six-petal flower drawn with a pair of compasses.
Daisy wheels comprise a single, endless line which supposedly confused and entrapped evil spirits.
Jeremy Lee, principal lecturer in the University’s Department of Media Arts and Communications, said: “I work with new and emerging digital technologies to enable new ways of seeing, creating and experiencing art works.
“The witch mark cave has given me an excellent opportunity to utilise these technologies to create this interactive 3D copy of the cave.
“This will render the caves accessible to a broad and distanced audience, whilst enabling a detailed viewing and analysis of the marks inside.”
Visitors at the Museum will now be able to see the ‘witch marks’ during a 3D tour of the cave.
Paul Baker, Director of Creswell Crags said the said people may never know the true reason behind the markings but insists the sheer number mean the location was once a “significant place”.
Mr Baker said: “We may never know what the makers of these marks were seeking protection from or the fear they experienced.
“But the marks are extremely numerous and the concentration in this chamber suggests that this was a significant place.”
The Bermuda Triangle, also known as the Devil’s Triangle, is a loosely defined region in the North Atlantic Ocean, where a number of aircraft and ships have disappeared. The vicinity of this so-called triangle is among the most heavily travelled shipping lanes in the world, with vessels frequently crossing through it for ports in the Americas, Europe and the Caribbean islands. Popular culture has attributed various disappearances to pirating, the paranormal, or even a giant octopus – whose legend has been passed on by sailors for hundreds of years.
However, it may not have been too far wrong.
In 2005, marine biologists Tsunemi Kubodera and Kyoichi Mori snapped footage of a giant squid in these waters, aggressively attacking baited lines.
Their findings were revealed during Amazon Prime’s “Inside The Bermuda Triangle” two years later.
The narrator said: “In October 2005, Japanese scientists made a startling discovery off the coast of Tokyo, near the Bonin Islands.
Massive squid captured could be linked to Bermuda
The waters are said to have swallowed many ships
Japanese scientists made a startling discovery
“A giant squid close to 30 feet in length.
“Researchers from Japan’s National Science Museum identified the creature as an Architeuthis – a rare species that seizes upon bait with extreme force and violence.”
Bermuda researcher Rob Simone believes the discovery proves something similar could be hiding in Bermuda waters.
He said in 2007: “The legend of the giant squid is not a legend – they exist – some of them over 150-feet long if you can imagine this.
“We don’t know what lies beneath the depths of the ocean, this could very well be a giant creature that is particular to this part of the ocean.
Legends of a giant octopus have been passed down for years
“Maybe its food sources is contained there, we don’t know, but it could explain some of the ships that were mysteriously lost.”
Dr Jeff Marliave, an octopus expert from Vancouver Aquarium explained why it was improbable for an octopus to inhabit such waters.
However, he did not rule out the possibility of a giant squid, adding: “Giant octopus only occur in the Northeast Pacific Ocean, the kind of octopus that might occur in the region of the Bermuda Triangle would be a very small species and it would most likely be associated with rocky drop-offs from the island.
“Not with the centre area of the Bermuda Triangle, which is basically sand bottom.
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“Now when people talk about giant octopus attacking boats, it likely stems from these very old stories from the days of whaling and sailing ship exploration, when there were engravings showing some kind of tentacled animal attacking small rowboats.
“Most likely this was not an octopus, the only species that could conceivably attack a small boat would be an octopus relative, the giant squid.”
The same series revealed how an “unexplainable” 500-year-old Christopher Columbus case was also solved.
Columbus described the light in his log as “a small wax candle that rose and lifted up, which for a few seconds seemed to be an indication of land”.
Author Gian Quasar explored the description during the series.
He said in 2007: “The triangle’s got a superstition of seafarers, and the enigma can be found as far back as Columbus’ log.
“He was the first to sail the area and he noted that, on three occasions, the compass pointed in the wrong direction, 11 and a quarter degrees off from the evening reading from the morning reading, which was unexplainable.
“He also noted that the sea rose without any wind whatsoever which shocked them all and then on the eve of discovering the new world an unexplained light levitated on the horizon and then rose up.”
However, historian Larry Kusche claims to have cracked the phenomenon.
He said: “When they were crossing the ocean they were legitimately afraid of what they were getting into because everybody thought the world was flat and they were going to drop off at the edge.
“One of the stories is that Columbus saw a strange light at night, my research on that was Columbus did make a note in his log about a bright light overhead and all historians have assumed that it was a meteorite.
“Another part of the story about Columbus is that the compass was acting strange.
“This was due to the heavy storm they were travelling through.”
“The Sinner” actor dressed up like her hubby Justin Timberlake for the Casamigos Halloween party on Friday in Beverly Hills, California, just days after Jimmy Fallon unearthed a 1999 interview of Biel saying she didn’t listen to *NSYNC back then. Biel and Timberlake tied the knot in 2012.
Biel recreated Timberlake’s *NSYNC look in white sneakers, blue-tinted glasses, a wig that replicated his famously curly hair and ― most notably ― a blue jumpsuit that looked like the one Timberlake wore for an appearance at the America Music Awards alongside his bandmates many years ago.
She was accompanied at the party by four friends dressed up to look like Timberlake’s *NSYNC groupmates, JC Chasez, Joey Fatone, Lance Bass and Chris Kirkpatrick. Timberlake himself dressed as a microphone.
Biel wrote on Instagram that her costume was an attempt to make up for her appearance on “The Tonight Show.”
“This is what happens when you admit on TV that you don’t know any NSYNC songs and you’re married to @justintimberlake,” Biel said in the caption accompanying a photo of her and Timberlake in their outfits. “Well played, husband, well played.”
On “The Tonight Show” last week, Fallon unearthed a 1999 interview with Biel in which she said she didn’t listen to *NSYNC.
“To be honest, I don’t really listen … I haven’t really … I mean, I know of them, of course, and I’ve heard of them and I’ve heard their music,” she said in the old interview.
“I don’t think I own any of their CDs. I’m not a huge fan, um, but, I mean, cool, I guess?” she added.
Before Fallon showed the clip, Biel told him she wasn’t really an *NYSNC fan, but it was nothing personal.
“I lived under a rock,” she said. “I wasn’t into pop culture music.”
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Hey. It’s Halloween and Event Horizon is streaming on Hulu right this moment. You know what to do.
Or do you? Event Horizon hit theaters more than 20 years ago, in 1997. It tanked spectacularly, earning less than half its reported $60 million budget during its theatrical run. Despite boasting a cast that included a post-Jurassic Park Sam Neill and Laurence Fishburne in his prime, the movie just didn’t land.
Not at first, anyway. Event Horizon has matured over the years into a cult favorite. Watching it now, it’s not hard to see why.
The story, from first-time screenwriter Philip Eisner, follows the crew of a rescue ship as they investigate a distress signal. A long-missing ship called “Event Horizon” has apparently popped up in orbit around Neptune, and it’s in danger of crashing into the planet before anyone can figure out what happened.
The Event Horizon set off in 2040 on a mission of exploration, carrying humans out of our solar system and off to the neighboring Alpha Centauri system for the first time. Its journey was to be powered by an experimental, black hole-generating engine that works by linking two distant points in space, designed by one Dr. William Weir (Neill).
The Event Horizon disappeared, only to re-emerge seven years later near Neptune with the planet’s gravity pulling the ship down to its slow but certain destruction. So the crew of the “Lewis and Clark” sets off, with Weir in tow, to figure out what’s going on and hopefully save the ship and the people aboard.
The horror ends up in a place that isn’t so far off from Hellraiser.
There’s one more, important detail: The Event Horizon was rediscovered in the first place only because of a distress signal that consists of loud, seemingly inhuman screaming. Definitely nothing wrong here!
Needless to say, it’s not a great time for the Lewis and Clark crew. The story that follows charts their journey to the lost ship, where they discover brutalized corpses and more questions than answers. What killed these people? How is the black hole drive still running? What really happened to the crew member who was pulled inside the drive and rescued alive, but in a catatonic state?
What initially feels like a haunted house in space starts to transform as answers surface and the situation grows more dire. It happens slowly, with the worst horrors not surfacing until the final act. But early on, creepy imagery pops up again and again in the form of hallucinations, and we’re just along for the ride as the Lewis and Clark crew grapples with their apparent descent into madness.
The horror ends up in a place that isn’t so far off from Hellraiser. Event Horizon isn’t quite as gory as that comparison suggests (though it’s not exactly shy about bloodletting), but it leans in on unsettling body horror with apparent glee. The most graphic visuals flash tend to flash by quickly, but the editing is great at leaving just enough time to let your imagination fill in all the horrible blanks.
Just be sure to temper your expectations going in. I adore Event Horizon and will shout its merits to the heavens, but it’s also inescapably a B-movie. The dialogue is downright laughable at times and Paul W.S. Anderson’s direction doesn’t do much to elicit any highlight performances. It’s the arresting visuals hearkening back to H.R. Giger’s Alien designs, the sky-high creep factor, and the super effective jump scares that keep you watching.
Also, Neill. His performance is the lone standout. This is exactly the kind of role he seems to relish, especially as shit gets increasingly weird. I guess you could call him the story’s villain, but the reality is more complex than that. Nuance isn’t something Event Horizon ever really flirts with – this is a silly movie! – but its particular flavor of over-the-top is well-suited to Neill’s range as an actor.
I don’t know what else to tell you. Go watch Event Horizon. Discover the heaping piles of cheese and weirdness that helped turn this classic flop into a cult hit. Happy Halloween!
Event Horizon is now streaming on Hulu, as of Oct. 2019.
American cable news channel, HLN, reported on a scary sighting that became a viral sensation. Maritza Cibuls, a mother from the state of Illinois, posted a terrifying image of her son, Lincoln, with what appeared to be the ghostly outline of another child next to him. Mrs Cibuls stayed up all night staring at her son’s baby monitor after she saw the ghostly image.
News anchor Christi Paul reported on the story, and revealed the unexpected ending.
She said: “What would you do if you saw what looked to be a ghost in your baby’s crib?
“That’s what happened to a mom in Illinois.
“It appears to be a ghost baby sleeping next to her son.”
Ghost spotted in baby’s crib
Maritza Cibuls and her son, Lincoln
The presenter continued: “She said she didn’t want to wake him up to investigate.
“So she literally spent all night with a baby monitor in front of her face with the brightness and volume turned all the way up.”
However the ending to the story was not a terrifying as it seemed, with the news presenters having a laugh themselves.
It turned out the ghostly image was just an outline of a sticker underneath the sheets.
Revealed to be a sticker
Ms Paul revealed: “It turned out to be a giant sticker on the mattress underneath the crib sheets.
“She shared the update on Facebook saying ‘it turns out my husband just forgot to put the mattress protector on when he changed the seats. I could kill him’.
“Because we all know, mums, we need as much sleep as we can get.”
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It turned out the ghostly image
She added: “Here she is all worried, she probably didn’t get any sleep anyway.”
In the now-viral Facebook post, Mrs Cibuls wrote: “I was positive there was a ghost baby in the bed with my son.
“I barely slept.”
She added that she tried “creeping in there” to investigate her son’s spectral sleeping buddy but couldn’t get to the bottom of it.
She said: “The more I looked at it, the more I was thinking I was tricking myself into believing that it’s something.”