Well, it’s happened again. It seems that every year as we approach halloween, I come across and read articles on why Christians shouldn’t celebrate halloween. And when I post the link to said article on Facebook, there are always Christian friends who disagree with me. That’s fine, I don’t agree with all of my friends on everything.
Some will invariably suggest Trunk or Treat or Harvest Festivals at Church in place of halloween. I respectfully disagree, responding that God already has fall festivals: Trumpets, Atonement, and Tabernacles. God also already has a costumed holiday: Purim. These holidays do not glorify the defeated enemy in any way. Nor do they risk offending God, since they are His holidays and nobody else’s.
I understand Christians wanting some alternative way for their children to celebrate so that they won’t feel left out and weird. But we are called to be different. Different people stand out. Different people are weird. We are told:
And do not be conformed to this world [any longer with its superficial values and customs], but be transformed and progressively changed [as you mature spiritually] by the renewing of your mind [focusing on godly values and ethical attitudes], so that you may prove [for yourselves] what the will of God is, that which is good and acceptable and perfect [in His plan and purpose for you], (Romans 12:2, AMP, emphasis mine).
A conformed person floats along through life, going with the flow. It’s an easy, effortless life that eventually drops like a little paper boat down into the dark storm drain, never to return.
A transformed person swims upstream, against the flow, occasionally bumping into the floaters. Opposition, even from other Christians, doesn’t necessarily mean that you’re going the wrong way. Are the floaters saved? They may be. The Bible clearly says that some will get to Heaven despite the fact that all their works are burned up. I think these Christianized satanic celebrations are an example of works that are going to be burned up.
Like I said, it’s not unusual for me to disagree with my friends on various issues. But about halloween, there always seems to be one person who decides to hold a public debate about halloween, saying that there’s nothing wrong or sinful about a Christian with pure motives celebrating this holiday that’s long been divorced from its origins.
Of course there’s nothing sinful about a person dressing up or handing out candy. But why do they absolutely have to do it on October 31? halloween is not long divorced from its origins. There are many satanists, witches, and occultists that celebrate halloween. It is a high holy day that they take very seriously. Just because we think it’s a lot of harmless fun doesn’t take away any of the satanic involvement. So when you dress your child, even as a princess or a bunny, you’re celebrating a satanic high holy day—whether you believe it or not, because you’ve strayed into enemy territory. That truck bearing down on you is going to seriously mess you up, whether you believe it or not, because you’ve strayed onto the highway. The seriousness that satanists have regarding halloween should cause any true Christian to really stop and think this through.
Under the original name, samhain, halloween is similar in every little detail to modern halloween. Check it out:
|Celebrated from sundown on October 31 through November 1||halloween and All-Saints Day celebrated October 31 through November 1|
|Dressing up to fool evil spirits||Dressing up to fool friends|
|Dressing up as ghosts to get food or money from frightened neighbors||Dressing up to go trick-or-treating for candy or money|
|Food and sweets left outside the door as offerings to the spirits||Going door-to-door for sweets|
|Ancient Celts would prophesy all night about the coming year||Telling ghost stories long into the night on halloween|
|Bonfires lit to offer sacrifices to the spirits||Bonfires lit for nighttime parties|
|Fairies are said to roam the night||Trick-or-treaters roam the streets|
|Spirits said to perform pranks||Trick-or-treaters perform pranks|
|Ancient Romans celebrated pomona on this date by putting out apples||Apple-bobbing comes from the pomona celebration|
|Ancient Celts carved turnips and lit them with burning embers to keep spirits away||Carving and lighting jack-o-lanterns|
The timing of the halloween celebration is because during these days the veil between the material world and the spirit world is said to be thinner than at any other time. In fact, if you investigate you’ll find that occultists have very definitive beliefs about what is and isn’t possible on certain dates.
The real issue is that celebrating the defeated enemy’s high holy day opens the door to allow him to interfere in your life. This is not a punishment from God or a curse from God. God doesn’t work that way. But when we stray into the defeated enemy’s territory, we shouldn’t be surprised if he attacks us. Would you go into your neighbor’s yard, knowing he has a fierce pit bull there? Would you let your child? But what if your neighbor has some really fun playground equipment and a pool? The dog’s probably sleeping, right? Do you see how silly these rationalizations are in the face of real risk?
And besides the risk of disease or danger, there’s another risk associated with celebrating the defeated enemy’s holy day: alienating God. I wrote about this last year, see A Halloween Story.
Here are some more thoughts on halloween that I invite you to consider:
- Wiccans (the religion of witchcraft) celebrate halloween as a religious holiday. Why would Christians celebrate the holiday of any other religion? In the passage below, the comparison is meant to reveal the gravity of the sin of rebellion.
Rebellion is as sinful as witchcraft, and stubbornness as bad as worshiping idols, (1 Samuel 15:23, emphasis mine).
Witchcraft is exceedingly evil in God’s eyes.
- As Christians, we worship the Lord of Life. The focus of halloween is death. People decorate their yards with ghosts, zombies, vampires, graveyards, effigies, etc. And the celebration is mostly done after sunset. Even if we don’t personally embrace the death aspect of halloween, the rest of the world certainly does. What kind of message are we sending?
- God calls witchcraft detestable. Why do you want to celebrate something that God hates? Or participate in it as if you do celebrate it?
- God told us to put away deeds of darkness. I believe that it’s dangerous to even look like we’re participating with darkness. God said that light has nothing in common with darkness. Again, this doesn’t seem like something a Child of the Light should be participating in.
- Even if you don’t dress your kids like devils, witches, ghosts, zombies, or vampires, other people are. The Bible says that we need to be wise about good and innocent of evil. If you allow your children to participate in halloween, even while dressed as something innocent, you’re sending them mixed messages.
- The Bible says:
Therefore, come out from among unbelievers, and separate yourselves from them, says the Lord. Don’t touch their filthy things, and I will welcome you, (2 Corinthians 6:17, emphasis mine).
We are called to be set apart from the world and from sin and evil, not go with the flow.
- Some of your family and friends will think it’s ridiculous not to allow your children to dress up for Halloween. I, personally, have gotten a lot of pushback on this subject. My perspective is this: while I love and respect them, God’s opinion is the only one that matters to me.
- The first clue was that slight doubt in my heart about halloween. Why should I go against that still, small voice that tells me halloween is wrong?
- Nothing about halloween brings glory to God.
God’s Word says:
Take no part in the worthless deeds of evil and darkness; instead, expose them, (Ephesians 5:11).
You can’t get any clearer than that.
Instead of trying to Christianize halloween by escaping to church for a harvest festival until all the trick-or-treaters have gone home, let’s take the opportunity to share our faith:
- Don’t decorate your door, or if you do, decorate only for autumn.
- Turn on the lights for the safety of all visitors.
- Buy candy to hand out—good candy even if it tempts you.
- Buy some Christian tracts.
- Hand out both candy and tracts together when the kids come to the door.
- Be kind and friendly to all of your visitors.
- Take all leftovers (both candy and tracts) to work the next day and leave them together in the breakroom for your co-workers.
This way you can share your faith while maintaining the integrity of your beliefs and not compromising.
There are 364 other days that you can have a costume party. This is the only day when you really shouldn’t. God is good!
 A word I refuse to dignify by capitalizing.
 Here are a few articles you might find interesting:
 1 Corinthians 3:11-15.
 Holy means set apart. Obviously a satanic holy day is not the same as a God-ordained holy day.
 Especially one that is specifically forbidden by God (see Exodus 22:18; Leviticus 19:26 & 31; Deuteronomy 18:10-14; 1 Samuel 15:23; 2 Kings 9:22, 17:17, & 21:6; 2 Chronicles 33:6; Isaiah 2:6, 47:9, & 57:3; Jeremiah 14:14; Ezekiel 12:24, 13:6-9, 23, 21:21-29, & 22:28; Micah 3:6 & 5:12; Nahum 3:4; Acts 8:9-11, 16:16, & 19:19; Galatians 5:20; Revelation 9:21, 18:23, & 21:8).
 Deuteronomy 18:10-14.
 2 Corinthians 6:14.
 Romans 16:19.