Every year, millions of people celebrate Halloween. It is the time of the year when kids go trick-or-treating, horror movies dominate cinemas, scary stories are told around camp-fire, and adults dress up as zombies, vampires, demons, and other gruesome beings. Halloween seems to be fun and exciting for most people.
However, to celebrate or not to celebrate Halloween has been a controversial topic for Christians. Some argue that it is just a harmless fun and we can “Christianize” and use it for God’s glory. On the other hand, some explain that Christians should not participate in Halloween as it glorifies evil.
While we all have our own opinions, what really matters most is what God thinks about Halloween. After all, if we are truly Christians, we need to listen to what God says and not what we believe about how we should worship Him.
The Dark History of Halloween
Most historians and secular scholars would agree that Halloween originated from an ancient pagan celebration known as Samhain. According to The Encyclopedia of Religion, Samhain is “a celebration marking the beginning of winter as well as the first day of the New Year within the ancient Celtic culture of the British Isles.”
The eve of Samhain is thought to be a time when the world of humans and the supernatural collide with each other. It is believed that the souls of the dead can visit their relatives and other earthly inhabitants. In turn, Samhain is also a time for people to penetrate the world of the gods and supernatural creatures.
Traditionally, adults dress up or put on a mask to pretend to be part of the supernatural. They do this so ghosts who are supposedly roaming around during the Samhain can’t recognize them. The Encyclopedia of Religion adds, “Fiery tributes and sacrifices of animals, crops, and possibly human beings were made to appease supernatural powers that controlled the fertility of the land. Samhain acknowledged the entire spectrum of nonhuman forces that roamed the earth during that period.”
Divination, sorcery, and witchcraft are common practice during Samhain. Even the famous jack-o-lanterns are originally used to scare off evil spirits. Orange and black are the colors of Halloween. Orange signifies the fall harvest, while black is associated with evil.
Does God approve Halloween?
There’s no doubt that the word Halloween does not appear anywhere in the Bible. However, this does not give us license to glorify God in any way we please, and there are overarching principles we need to consider. In everything we do, we must always look into the Bible to establish our beliefs.
So does God wants us to celebrate Halloween? The plain answer is NO.
Almost all the traditions, beliefs, and practices associated with Halloween are abominations to God. The Bible tells us:
There shall not be found among you anyone who makes his son or his daughter pass through the fire, or one who practices witchcraft, or a soothsayer, or one who interprets omens, or a sorcerer, or one who conjures spells, or a medium, or a spiritist, or one who calls up the dead. For all who do these things are an ABOMINATION to the Lord, and because of these abominations the Lord your God drives them out from before you” (Deuteronomy 18:10-12).
God strongly detested sorcerers and witches that He commands them to be put to death (Leviticus 20:27; Exodus 22:18).
People argue that Halloween is harmless. But is it? Well, the truth is, Halloween is a harmful holiday to be practiced and celebrated. Halloween is usually the time when people are more focused on Satan. When this happens, people are more susceptible to Satan’s influence and they increase the chance of getting demon-possessed in different levels.
Imagine, why would a Christian celebrate a holiday that glorifies evil, focuses on darkness, death, FEAR and demonism? Can we be both Christians and drink the cup of demons and eat on their table? Certainly NOT (I Corinthians 10:21-22). Halloween is a complete opposite of what Christians should meditate upon (Philippians 4:8).
Moreover, God does not want us to celebrate pagan holidays. Samhain and Halloween are no doubt rooted in paganism and God called them abominations. Read Deuteronomy 12:29-30.
Can you really transform an abominable pagan holiday into something that can worship God? Let’s be honest. The obvious answer is no.
Will you listen to God?
If we are really serious in following God, we need to hear what He is telling us. The Scripture plainly says that it is wrong to celebrate pagan holidays which include Halloween.
God does not want us to keep Halloween because He loves us. The dark spiritual world is real, and we must not dabble and mess with it. God knows that harm and destruction await for those people who dare to play with Satan and his demons. Thus, God wants us to stay away from Halloween as much as possible.
MAKE A STAND. A true Christian stands on the light and not in darkness. Make sure you are on the right side. Decide right now that you will never again celebrate Halloween and start living in the light of God.