Call me a party pooper, or old fashion, or just plain crazy. Believe me, I’ve heard it all and I promise it won’t hurt my feelings. But there’s a serious debate in the Christian world and it all revolves around what is known as one of the “worldliest times of the year“. Yet, even so, Christians are wondering if it’s okay to partake in the festivities. So, should Christians celebrate Halloween?
I’ve never really cared for Halloween, even before I got saved. Scary movies, haunted houses, I loved them. But as far as getting dressed up and going trick-or-treating, not my thing. I don’t mind the Fall Festivals, and celebrating the season, but we don’t do Halloween.
But, I haven’t really given you any hard evidence yet. I know you’re still wondering why shouldn’t Christians celebrate Halloween. Though all of our friends, and most of our family, participate in Halloween, I don’t feel like my kiddos miss out on anything.
Anyways, I gave you some of my own history, so let’s talk about Halloween history.
- Mostly known as a pagan (Celtic) holiday, it was brought about by some folks who believed that somehow the lines between life and death were mixed and the dead were allowed to visit back to Earth. They would then dress up to help these ‘ghosts and spirits’ from recognizing them. Also performing sacrifices, using these other-worldly spirits to tell each other’s fortunes and hope for good to come to them.
- Fast-forward to the ‘Halloween’ coming to America. Folks began talking about the dead, dressing in costumes, telling ghost stories, pranks, witchcraft, superstitions and more. Ouji boards and graveyard dares became popular, adopting a lot of the same ‘beliefs’ the Celtics had. Trick-or-treating was derived from a belief that leaving food and wine out for the roaming spirits would help to ward them off. So communities then began to use this same tactic of giving ‘treats’ to children as a peace offering so they wouldn’t vandalize or prank them.
Now let’s get some Bible facts out there.
- The Bible tells us that anyone who plays around with evil is an abomination unto God (Deuteronomy 18:10-12). I know what you’re thinking, you don’t necessarily participate in those things just by dressing up and going trick-or-treating. But one thing you are doing is inviting those spirits in to try the hearts of those around you. By allowing your children to participate in Halloween, the innocence of ‘dressing up and getting candy’ is then tainted by the atmosphere of haunted houses and ghoulish decorations.
- Next up, the idea that the dead are among us is foolish. The Bible says that the dead know nothing. They have nothing here, and their feelings perished with them. (Ecclesiastes 9:4-6, Job 7:9-10) So, not only is it foolish, but trying to ‘conjure’ these spirits is an abomination to God.
- Furthermore, as Christians, we are to be set apart from the world (2 Corinthians 6:17, Ephesians 5:11). Just because our society deems an occasion as fun, doesn’t mean we should participate in it (like Mardi Gras). Take a stand, even if it’s a small one. Sometimes it’s just better to be safe than sorry.
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This isn’t just my personal conviction, God gave us clear instruction through his word about the ideas/practices that are involved with Halloween culture. I encourage you to seek God and ask Him to lead you in a way that allows you to see His thoughts about Christians celebrating Halloween.
In the meantime, I’ll celebrate the after-Halloween-is-over-fun. Like all the 75% off candy I don’t need and all the dress-up clothes my princess loving daughter could ever ask for. If you’re still questioning, this is another great article- Is it wrong to celebrate Halloween?
If you’re anything like me, you’ll want to take every opportunity, including this one, to take the time to talk to your kids about Christ. Instead of participating in Halloween, check out this article for some great Christian Alternatives to Halloween.
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