“AS A CHRISTIAN WHY DON’T YOU CELEBRATE HALLOWEEN?”
This is the question I’ve received from a few people. So I thought I would write a post in case others would like to know. My husband and I decided that our family including our children will not participate in Halloween.
Before I get into it I would like to mention that I’m not using this post to try and persuade anyone. If anything I hope this post points you to Christ. I don’t know every fact or detail about the origins of Halloween. To be honest I rather not do an in-depth study of it.
I have learned enough to understand how it has grown into the culture it is today. With that knowledge and the scriptures I’ve read, I have come to this conclusion stated in this post. If you don’t know the origins of Halloween I highly recommend reading this very informative post: The Pagan Roots of Halloween
TRICK OR TREATING FROM TODDLER TO TEEN
Growing up my parents let me dress up, go trick or treating and carve pumpkins every year from toddler to teen. So how did I go from participating in Halloween activities to completely rejecting the celebration? One word….CONVICTION
Personally, I feel convicted about it. I know how evil, pagan and misguiding the root of the activity is. As a Christian, I cannot allow myself to engage in such a dark activity. Many people who identify themselves as “Christians” participate in Halloween. But the word Christian which is the Greek word Χριστιανός (Christianos) means “follower of Christ” or “little christs” (See Acts 11:26 for the word Christian in the Bible).
CHRISTIAN’S ARE CALLED TO BE LIKE CHRIST
Back in the 90’s, there was a popular trend where people wore little bracelets that said “WWJD” that stood for “What would Jesus Do?” It’s safe to assume that he wouldn’t be out celebrating Halloween.
The Bible says “ But ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should shew forth the praises of him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvelous light:” 1 Peter 2:9
It’s hard to not follow the crowd. When everyone is doing something and you’re not, you may feel left out. As the verse above says, we are supposed to be “a peculiar people” and we are “called out of darkness”. So what sense does it make to spiritually compromise yourself by participating in pagan rituals?
The Bible says in 1 Thessalonians 5:22 “Abstain from ALL appearance of evil.”
IF I PARTICIPATE, HOW WILL THIS EFFECT MY CHILDREN?
Having always questioned everything. I often ask “Why am I doing this?” What effect will this have on my children? What is it teaching them? What am I gaining from this? But most importantly….”What does GOD say about this?”
I know for a fact that if I allowed my kids to participate, they’ll eventually ask “Why?”. To them, it’s just about the candy and dressing up. But just like every “holiday” or “holy day” that we celebrate, there is a greater meaning behind it. Speaking of holy days, have you ever wondered why you don’t have Halloween off for work? It’s NOT a holiday. Holidays were originally holy days and Halloween is FAR from HOLY.
“So there’s a greater meaning behind it, who cares?” Well, you should. This celebration is mostly marketed to children and they are learning something from it. It’s an experience that I believe desensitizes our children to think evil is actually fun. We think it’s all fun and harmless to take them out on Halloween night. Have you considered that they may be scared of seeing monsters and half dead people? What’s worse is they may not even understand death yet, but the idea is enthusiastically portrayed all around them from costumes to the fake graveyard on the lawn of the house nextdoor.
Halloween is all about fear and the bible clearly says in 2 Timothy 1:7 – “For God hath NOT given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind”. Which shows us that Halloween is clearly not of God. It is a very dark activity and I believe it’s so popular because of consumerism and the push of advertisers.
I believe this is the reason Halloween isn’t one night anymore. With so much advertising and merchandise that needs to be sold, kids are seeing this stuff the whole month of October. Here are some facts about the retail side of Halloween.
STATISTICS FOR HALLOWEEN 2017:
(From the National Retail Federation)
You can’t go into any store without seeing decorations. I love going to home depot, but this year they had a huge section dedicated to Halloween. There was so much horror decor and bloody front yard displays set up, my oldest would cover his eyes and say “Scary! Mommy, Scary!”. With the many trips I make to Home Depot I thought to take the aisles to avoid that area, yet they have placed it so close to the cash registers it’s unavoidable.
Psalms 101:3 “I will set no wicked thing before mine eyes: I hate the work of them that turn aside; it shall not cleave to me.”
DO SCRIPTURES SAY HALLOWEEN IS WRONG?
The bible does not specifically say “don’t celebrate Halloween”. However, it does say a lot about darkness, evil and how we are supposed to discern Godliness from darkness. It warns us to keep ourselves separate from it.
So you’ve heard my opinion on it, but let’s look at what God says about it. His opinion is the only one we should regaurd. Below are a handful of scriptures that very clearly tell us what God says about it :
1 Corinthians 10:21 – Ye cannot drink the cup of the Lord, and the cup of devils: ye cannot be partakers of the Lord’s table, and of the table of devils.
Ephesians 5:11 – And have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather reprove [them].
3 John 1:11 – Beloved, follow not that which is evil, but that which is good. He that doeth good is of God: but he that doeth evil hath not seen, God.
2 Corinthians 6:14-18 – Be ye not unequally yoked together with unbelievers: for what fellowship hath righteousness with unrighteousness? and what communion hath light with darkness?
Romans 12:2 – And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what [is] that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.
Romans 13:12 – The night is far spent, the day is at hand: let us therefore cast off the works of darkness, and let us put on the armour of light.
Romans 12:9 – [Let] love be without dissimulation. Abhor that which is evil; cleave to that which is good.
Romans 12:21 – Be not overcome of evil, but overcome evil with good.
Ephesians 6:12 – For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high [places].
2 Timothy 1:7 – For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.
James 4:7 – Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.
Philippians 4:8 – Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things [are] honest, whatsoever things [are] just, whatsoever things [are] pure, whatsoever things [are] lovely, whatsoever things [are] of good report; if [there be] any virtue, and if [there be] any praise, think on these things.
WHAT ABOUT TRUNK OR TREATING & OTHER ACTIVITIES?
I know some churches hold a “celebration” or “get together” on Halloween called trunk or treating. I believe they do this to give an alternative for kids so they don’t feel left out. It’s a safer version of Halloween. I know some will attest but I don’t agree. Why? Well from my perspective as a Christian, since we don’t celebrate it, I think it should be seen as just another day. Like I mentioned above, you don’t get the day off work. It’s just another day.
When my kids are old enough to feel like they are missing out, I will remind them that they could have candy any day of the year. Not that I give my kids candy every day, but I want them to realize they shouldn’t expect things just because everyone else is getting it.
WHAT I DO IN THE MONTH OF OCTOBER ?
During the month I decorate my house for fall. While some are hanging up fake cobwebs and ghouls, I’m putting up garlands of golden leaves and “happy harvest” signs. I may also take my kids to buy pumpkins at the pumpkin patch, and allow my kids to decorate them with paint or crayons. We do not carve faces on them because we don’t need to ward off evil spirits. I hope to make a tradition of cutting up pumpkins for pie and roasting the seeds together in the kitchen.
I love this time of year and I see it as a time to be thankful for the Lord’s blessings. Looking back to see how he has been gracious to us, and being thankful for all we have. It’s funny that the Halloween season lasts all month yet Thanksgiving is something we just try to get through so we can look forward to Christmas. I don’t think it’s because people don’t want to be thankful, maybe it’s about the lack of instant gratification that comes with the other holidays and celebrations. Well for me Thanksgiving is year round but I put an emphasis on it during the fall season.
WHAT I DO ON HALLOWEEN NIGHT?
During Halloween night for the past two years, I’ve stayed inside my home. I put my kids to bed at 7:30 like usual and quietly watch a movie and spend some much needed time with my husband. I keep a chair in my driveway with a bowl filled with our church tracts. Here is a photo of my chair last year. I know it’s not the best-looking sign.
On the tract, there is an invitation to our church (which is 10 min away). I know people who are tricker treating near me live close to it. On the other side of the tract is the gospel message. Most churches have a tract, I highly recommend putting some out for people who may come across your home. About 100 tracts are put out and the last two years every single one has been taken (and my house hasn’t been egged). Thank God
Halloween is a day where the unsaved seek out something for free. Why not give them the greatest gift they could ever receive which is ALSO FREE. The gift that GODS ONLY SON PAID HIS LIFE FOR! If you don’t know what this gift is, please read my post here about Jesus’ Free Gift of Eternal Life.
For those of you that are saved, I know it’s hard not to follow the world. But as Christians we are called to shine God’s light. On a day like Halloween people need HIS light the most. Everyday is a spiritual battle. We must stand up and be the peculiar people God has called us to be.