Have you ever asked yourself if you should be trick or treating with your kids? This post lists 7 reasons why Christians should not celebrate Halloween.
Another Halloween has come and gone and it seems that every year the craze gets a little bit bigger. What is it that draws people to the crazy that is Halloween?
All year long parents teach their children to be kind and to have good manners, that murder and evil is wrong and that talking to or accepting gifts from strangers is dangerous. Then, on one day a year, we throw all that out the window and encourage our children to be nasty and bloody and accept lollies from strangers! It’s just bazaar!
At our Church morning tea the other day I overheard some mums making plans for a Halloween meet up in the park. Just a little Christian get together so the kids could have some fun and dress up.
For me, its plain and simple. Halloween and being a Christian are like oil and water. They do not mix. Not even a tiny bit.
Celebrating Halloween, in any way or form, however innocent, is still celebrating Halloween.
So here’s my 7 reasons why Christians should not celebrate Halloween!
Halloween celebrates evil. Witches, Vampires, Zombies and Werewolves have long been associated with the evil spirit world and there is no denying that Halloween celebrates death and darkness and fear. Why does trick or treating happen at night, under the cover of darkness?
You only have to look at the ghoulish costumes and bloody face paintings on children and adults alike to confirm this connection.
Jesus came to bring life. He is the light of the world. A complete contrast to everything that is Halloween.
Halloween is said to have been initiated by the the Celts over 2000 years ago. They believed that on this night the dead could walk amongst the living. They were so scared that they took to wearing scary costumes so that they could hide amongst the evil spirits or they gave them lollies to appease them.
Thousands of Wiccans (witches) still call Halloween by its ancient Celtic name Samhain, and consider it to be their most sacred night of the year. A night when the veil between the living and the dead is at its thinnest and the best time to make contact with the dead.
It’s apparently one of their most celebrated days. Think of Christmas to Christians! Do you want to be celebrating the darkest, highest holy day of the year alongside the Wiccans??
Read 1 Corinthians 10:20. Here Paul is speaking to the Corinthians about how to live. He says “Do I mean then that food sacrificed to an idol is anything, or that an idol is anything? No, but the sacrifices of pagans are offered to demons, not to God, and I do not want you to be participants with demons. You cannot drink the cup of the Lord and the cup of demons too; you cannot have a part in both the Lord’s table and the table of demons.”
Some people may view Halloween as just a bit of fun. They think that if they dress up as a pirate or a fireman it’s harmless. But the Bible is clear. We have to choose. We cannot drink the cup of the Lord and the cup of the demons too.
The Bible says in Deuteronomy 18:10 Let no one be found among you who sacrifices their son or daughter in the fire, who practices divination or sorcery, interprets omens, engages in witchcraft, or casts spells, or who is a medium or spiritist or who consults the dead. Anyone who does these things is detestable to the Lord – You must be blameless before the Lord your God.
This is part of the covenant speech that Moses gives the Israelites as they are on the cusp of entering the promised land. God speaks through Moses, and a covenant is entered into between Him and the Israelites.
They are to live as God intended, adhering to the laws outlined in Deuteronomy. Deuteronomy 18:10 clearly warns against dabbling in any activity remotely associated with the occult. Halloween ticks all the boxes!
Deuteronomy 28 lists the blessings for keeping the previously mentioned covenant and curses for breaking it.
The curse is pretty dire but the consequence of obedience is pretty amazing Deuteronomy 28 If you fully obey the Lord your God and carefully follow all his commands I give you today, the Lord your God will set you high above all the nations on earth. All these blessings will come on you and accompany you if you obey the Lord your God. You will be blessed in the city and blessed in the country. The fruit of your womb will be blessed, and the crops of your land and the young of your livestock—the calves of your herds and the lambs of your flocks. Your basket and your kneading trough will be blessed. You will be blessed when you come in and blessed when you go out.
I know which side of that covenant I want to be on! As for me and my house, we will serve the Lord!
Fear. The words FEAR NOT are found over 80 times in the Bible. Some claim that there are 365 references to not being afraid in the Good Book.
Fear is the absolute foundation of Halloween. It is what drives anxiety, depression, suicide. And we would want to celebrate this because …. ??
The Bible tells us to think about things that are true and noble, right and pure, lovely and admirable. We are to think about things that are excellent and praise worthy and if we do, the God of peace will be with us! Philippians 4:8. Is Halloween any of these things? Or the exact opposite?
Romans 13 tells us to put away deeds of darkness and put on the armour of light!
2 Corinthians 6:17 tells us to be seperate and to touch no unclean thing! We are called to different from unbelievers! To be salt and light and to be set apart from the world!
So, in a nutshell, the answer is NO! You should not be celebrating Halloween! Not even a teeny, tiny bit!
And if you have that’s ok! Because we serve a loving, forgiving God and He wants all that is lovely and wonderful for you! He said to sinners in the Bible to Go and sin no more! We have the opportunity to turn from sin and to be forgiven. Oh, how great is His love for us!
Celebrate life! Celebrate love! Celebrate His love for you!
But for goodness sake DO NOT CELEBRATE HALLOWEEN!