Angels and Devils in the Landscape of Halloween

by WriterArtist

Though Halloween is mostly about the occult and the macabre, angels are also very much a part of the Halloween themes just as devils do.

Who is an Angel?
Is it God’s Messenger?

An angel as a concept stands for righteousness and goodness akin to what the concept and notion of God stands for. Angel in essence is a messenger or avatar of God. When somebody is called an angel it is viewed as a complement. Angels are fair skinned, they have a beautiful face, glowing composition, wear white robes, have wings and a halo.

Biblical angels are not so pleasant, sometimes frightening and creepy. They are hybrids having human, lion, eagle and ox faces joined together at the neck and rotating wheel as their eyes. This multi headed Angel can really strike terror in us. Angels can take up various corporeal forms.

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Other Names for Angels

The word also used to refer to someone who offers comfort and aid to others in times of trouble. Farishta in Urdu and Pari in Hindi in India are such angels. Words associated with an Angel are usually good, kind, beautiful, ideal, saintly and dear. An Angel in various cultures are called by various names like  Archangel, Cherubium, Seraphim, Gabriel, Guardian, Spirit, Sprite, Supernatural Being, Celestial Being, Divine Messenger, Heavenly Being, Holy Being and Spiritual Being. Originated from Greek word, Angels belong to the lowest rung of the celestial pyramid.

Counterpart of Angels

Devils and Demons

As an Angel, its antithesis the devil is part of almost all the cultures and religious traditions of the world. Devil symbolizes evil. It has hostile, destructive and vile connotations. A fallen angel is somebody originally good turning evil. Many a times Devils display tenderness and Angels exhibit crookedness. There is a fine line between Angels and Demons.

It is difficult to specify a particular definition of any devil that will cover all of the traditions, a threshold beyond which is a manifestation of evil. It is necessary to view the devil through the prism of different cultures and religions. The concept of Devil is sum total of   theology, mythology, psychiatry, art, literature and context within each of these traditions. Different cultures have different names for the devil like Satan, Lucifer, Beelzebub, Mephistopheles, Iblis etc. Blue, black, or red are the colors associated with Devils. Devils come with or without horns and are portrayed having fearful teeth and claws. 

Halloween Party Theme

Angels and Demons Theme Idea

If you are looking for a spooky and elegant Halloween party theme it could be “Angels and Devils”. You could also have a haunted house with Devils, ghosts, ghouls, vampires, werewolf, fairies and angels. For a red and black theme, guests could wear costumes depicting angels and devils.

Halloween Attire for Angels and Demons

Demons and Angels Dress Code

A dark dress code is for devil to bring out the demons and vices in them. Winged Dress for a cute angel or a naughty little devil. Women can turn out in red and black tights depicting a devil with lot of bare skin to look sexy and bring out their dark sides. Men can turn out in with a devil mask and look like Satans. Children can turn up in cute angel and devil dresses. Don’t forget the devil tails, horns and trident and contact lenses to bring the devil looks. A white angel costume is definite classic. Also throw in heavenly costumes and hellish masks. Men can also dress up live a cupid angel.

Like good and bad - Angels and Demons are required to coexist to keep the balance in the world.

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Updated: 10/04/2022, WriterArtist
 
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frankbeswick on 10/04/2022

Judaeo-christian understanding of angels evolved through biblical times and took its present form in the post-exilic period, the second half of the first millennium bc. Devils were believed to be fallen angels, and their leader Satan was thought to be a fallen archangel. The Christian mythos of angels and devils became blended with the pagan mythos of the Celtic, Germanic and Slavonic peoples. The British Celtic peoples believed that Halloween was a time when a fearsome spirit, Gwyn ap Nud, was operative in the world.

DerdriuMarriner on 10/04/2022

It's interesting that blue and red are associated with devils since blue is an Our Lady Mary color in painted artworks and red links Saint Luke with spirituality.

The children's debut picture book The Many Colors of Harpreet Singh by Supriya Kelkar mentions white as a mournful, mourning, sad, sorrowful color in the Sikh religion. Would that also be generally true in Indian subcontinental cultures and religions?

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