The beginnings of Halloween begin shortly after the flood, when rebellious humans build a giant tower in a vain attempt to try and save themselves should the waters rise again! This tower existed in Babel, a place which would eventually become Babylon. God's solution to man's hard heart and unwillingness to turn to him was to change the one language we used to communicate into MANY (Genesis 11:1 - 2, 4 - 9)! Today, it is estimated that somewhere between 5,000 and 7,000 languages exist on the planet!
Virtually every culture since man scattered throughout the earth has maintained (in one form or another) a legend of a "great flood." Often, the traditions that sprung from the legend are associated with a period known as "the day of death" as well as a "new beginning." These traditions generally occur in the fall of the year, near the time when many people celebrate Halloween.
Regarding the link between the flood and Halloween one scholar wrote, "What is often overlooked, however, is that there is the remembrance of the 'Day of the Dead' followed by a New Year. This occurs on our (modern Roman-based) calendar at the end of October or the beginning of November" (The Great Flood and Halloween by Frank Humphrey).
How widespread is a day dedicated to the dead, occurring around the tradition date of this holiday, celebrated around the world? According to Humphrey's book, the ancient Assyrians (the world's first empire) had ceremonies for the souls of the dead during the mid-October through mid-November timeframe. In Egypt, Osiris' box or coffin, which floated on water for a year, was a distorted Egyptian memory of the Flood. This box, dedicated to god of the underworld, was placed on water between October to November each year. The ancient Peruvian Incas began their year in November with a celebration called Ayamarka, which concluded with the placing of food and beverages on the graves of the departed.
Shadows of the fixation on death that is the core of Halloween can also be seen in the early Anglo-Saxon period known as the "November Blood Month." Celtic inhabitants of Britain also observed the beginning of their year in November. In India, the Hindu Durga celebration for those who have died was first tied to their New Year (which began in November).
Aboriginal Australians, each fall, put white colored stripes on both their legs and arms to symbolize a skeleton. In parts of Europe November 2nd is celebrated as a day of the dead. In Wales and Scotland, early November is a time when ghosts are remembered, which is strikingly similiar to the use of such "spirits" in Halloween celebrations.
Humphrey's conclusion regarding the link between the flood and this holiday is the following, "The legends cited . . . are found all over the world . . . yet they all have in common this remembrance of death . . . at the end of October and the beginning of November." All the above are tantalizing clues as to the true origin of Halloween. It is entirely possible that the holiday is a perverted memorial to the people put to death in Noah's Flood.