Church of Satan Sigil of Baphomet


Halloween is a cherished holiday for many Satanists. It can be enjoyed as a time for viewing favorite monster films. Or it may serve as the night one evokes the thrill of “fun fear” by experiencing local “haunted attractions,” wrought with loving care to terrify those who enter their portals—be they imposing or cheesy. It has long been an occasion for wearing masks and costumes that might be sinister, amusing, heroic, or seductive—diabolically revealing personal inclinations hidden from others for the rest of the year.

We Satanists encourage all who enjoy this holiday to explore their “inner darkness”—a form of civilized “lycanthropy” that for us is common practice. It can be a most satisfying means for attaining deeper self-knowledge through exercising, rather than exorcising, the “demons” within. Being oneself can be a challenge for so many of the “normal” folk who daily attempt to live according to the expectations of others. On this night, perchance they will allow their true selves to emerge, celebrating the singular passions that establish one’s uniqueness. Be warned, such exhilaration can be addictive!

Here in the haunted Hudson Valley, we carry on the tradition of giving out candy to those “Trick or Treaters” who brave the night to approach our dark Victorian manse—and those with costumes of a more monstrous nature naturally tend to receive extra, from we aficionados of the outré. And it seems the color scheme of our Black House has become the archetype for many depictions of haunted homes—black, red and purple are the emblematic hues on cards, banners and other Halloween décor. For those of us in “The Witchcraft District,” Halloween is a state of mind, not limited to but once a year.

My wife Peggy and I were married on Halloween and tonight we celebrate the 35th anniversary of that formal joining of our lives. Back then, a Halloween wedding was most unusual. Now it has become a typical time for couples to be wed. The High Priestess and I salute those who revel on this most evocative of evenings and we offer our blessings to couples who have shared this magical wedding night. May your passions be unparalleled!

—Magus Peter H. Gilmore