I am going to be bold and courageous with you today. I am strongly convicted about this topic and I want to share with you why our family doesn’t celebrate Halloween. There is a good possibility that a lot of you reading this will get slightly, if not wholly offended, and that is not my intention! I want you to know I am not here to offend or judge anyone but I am here to get you thinking! I believe we need to question why we celebrate what we do, what the purpose of it is, and who it honors.
I am obviously going to be coming at this from a Christian perspective. If you are a Christian, I ask that you pray, that you read with an open mind, and that you study for yourselves. It’s really not that hard to find in my opinion. While the Bible doesn’t say “Thou shalt not celebrate Halloween or any activities associated with it” it is not hard to find where it clearly states to stay away from the things Halloween manifests. Period. Just because one has always done something, doesn’t mean it’s ok. So here are my thoughts on this subject from my own study.
So first ask yourself,
Why do we celebrate Halloween?
“Because it’s fun to let the kids dress up and get candy” in my opinion, is not a good enough answer. Think deeper and look around you. It doesn’t matter if you don’t allow your kids to dress up in witch, devil, or gruesome costumes. It matters because everywhere you look those things are there. It’s what Halloween is all about.
The grosser, the scarier, the better.
For those of you that say it’s a good teaching moment to tell your children that we are in this world but not supposed to be of it and that’s why we don’t dress up in those types of costumes, while a good start, I think is missing the point.
Participating in Halloween is flirting with the evil around you.
In order to teach our kids to not be of this world we need to be setting clear boundaries. There is a distinct difference between lightness and darkness; don’t you think?
Ephesians 5: 8 for at one time you were darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. Walk as children of light 9 (for the fruit of light is found in all that is good and right and true), 10 and try to discern what is pleasing to the Lord. 11 Take no part in the unfruitful works of darkness, but instead expose them.
Everywhere you go there are Witches, Wizards, Zombies, Skeletons, and things reveling in death. Why are we participating in these dark and scary events sweet Brothers and Sisters in Christ?! Why are we letting our pure precious children get used to the idea that playing with and around that stuff is ok?! Yes, it’s around. No, we can’t avoid it, but we can make certain they know we do not condone it!
Deuteronomy 18: 9 “When you come into the land that the Lord your God is giving you, you shall not learn to follow the abominable practices of those nations. 10 There shall not be found among you anyone who burns his son or his daughter as an offering, anyone who practices divination or tells fortunes or interprets omens, or a sorcerer 11 or a charmer or a medium or a necromancer or one who inquires of the dead,12 for whoever does these things is an abomination to the Lord. And because of these abominations the Lord your God is driving them out before you. 13 You shall be blameless before the Lord your God, 14 for these nations, which you are about to dispossess, listen to fortune-tellers and to diviners. But as for you, the Lord your God has not allowed you to do this.
What is the purpose of Halloween?
Really, what is the purpose? I promise you your children will survive if they don’t get to dress up and go get candy on one night of the year. Buy them a bag of candy and get them costumes to dress up in everyday. They won’t miss out on anything, I promise.
What Halloween is about is so much deeper under the surface. If you don’t already know the history of Halloween you should research it. (Here is something to get you started) It’s pretty appalling and while most people today don’t do exactly what they did, you are still letting your kids participate in mild form of it. What’s to stop it from there?
Halloween is not just a kid holiday. Teens and even adults are obsessed with it. Gruesome parties, sleazy costumes, and for other people it’s more.
I still don’t understand why so many of the Christian community can’t see the the dangers of things like horror movies, Harry Potter, and the like. Why do you watch or read things with murder, witchcraft, and sorcery for entertainment when in real life as a Christian you know to not touch it because it’s evil and sin? God’s word clearly says these things are an abomination to the Lord and that those who do such things will not inherit the kingdom of God!
Perhaps Halloween has helped desensitize us to these things?
Have you ever stopped to wonder why that stuff is so insanely popular? Why is Halloween the fastest growing holiday? People are lost and Christians just follow along not thinking twice to question it!
This is an article from a Mom who explains her childhood and what she got involved in and why she realized they shouldn’t to be celebrating Halloween after she became a Christian. She does a great job of explaining it. Please take a short time to read it.
Galatians 5: 19 Now the works of the flesh are evident: sexual immorality, impurity, sensuality,20 idolatry, sorcery, enmity, strife, jealousy, fits of anger, rivalries, dissensions, divisions, 21 envy, drunkenness, orgies, and things like these. I warn you, as I warned you before, that those who do such things will not inherit the kingdom of God.
Who does Halloween honor?
Now I don’t think that letting your child trick or treat is automatically preparing for them to join the occult, but I do see participation in Halloween desensitizing them to realizing what is not of God.
On the light side of things, it would appear that Halloween isn’t really hurting anyone, right? Kids, candy, cute. Except in my opinion, it shouldn’t be taken lightly at all since there is nothing light about it. Not to mention the fact that even the phrase “trick or treat” means something I don’t want to be teaching my child. When they ask what it means, like all curious children will, you’ll explain to them it means if they don’t give you a treat then you play a prank or trick on them. Sounds silly, and I know you probably don’t advise that let alone it probably never happens, but it is what the phrase means and they have to say it over and over again to get their candy. That is something I simply don’t want to teach my child.
While it may seem harmless now when they are young, they won’t always be so. If you set a standard now that Halloween is ok they will continue to grow and think that Halloween still is and always will be ok. Soon trick or treating won’t be cool anymore and they will be wanting to do older things like going to Haunted Houses and who knows what else with their friends.
If I call myself a child of God, I better be acting like I am his child. God is holy and we are supposed to be holy as he is holy. I am responsible for teaching my children these things so I don’t want to be making light of what is dark. He has nothing to do with darkness and I hope by now you realize Halloween is nothing but darkness and it certainly isn’t holy.
The only way I can see honoring God on Halloween is to not participate in it. To teach our children to be different and set apart. A bright light to this dark world. Don’t be ashamed and don’t be afraid, which is something else Halloween is about. Fear and fright. God says to not fear! Children of God should not be afraid!
2 Timothy 1: 7 for God gave us a spirit not of fear but of power and love and self-control.
1 John 4: 18 There is no fear in love, but perfect love casts out fear. For fear has to do with punishment, and whoever fears has not been perfected in love.
It’s time to act on our faith. I know it’s hard to break free of “tradition” but it’s something we must do.
Romans 12: 2 Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect
The devil is crafty and he knows how to sneak in and make something so evil seem so innocent. There really is a spiritual world out there and I am flabbergasted that people are so blind and can’t see the evil right in front of them! Come on guys, look at the Halloween decorations. You can’t really tell me the Witches, the Wizards/Sorcerers, the Zombies, Ghosts/evil spirits, dismembered body parts, the blood everywhere, is holy and honoring to God when there are verses saying to stay away from such things?!
Philippians 4:8 says:
8 Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things.
I don’t see how Halloween fits any of these things. Halloween actually makes me think of the complete opposite of these things!
The only blood that we should be having anything to do with is the pure and holy saving blood that was shed by our Savior Jesus Christ.
The only spirit that we should be having anything to do with is the Holy Spirit of God.
There are even other religions out there who do not celebrate Halloween because they see what is wrong about it. Why does Christianity have anything to do with it and why are the members of the church so excited for it?! We must evaluate everything we do and allow into our lives! We have become too relaxed.
*Personally for our family, we don’t even go to Trunk or Treats or church Halloween themed parties. What would that be telling my children? Basically it’s saying since you are missing out on what the world is doing, we are going to do it with church… because that somehow makes it better? I see it as the same thing.
No. I want black to be black and white to be white with my kids. Halloween for the world is just another day that God has given to us. During the fall season we don’t stroll around the holiday section looking at all the evil spirits and scary bloody decorations when we go. We will just do our normal shopping, and go home and rather look forward to our favorite fall holiday, Thanksgiving.
If and when our children have questions about the things of Halloween, because they will, we will teach them this- Ephesians 6:10-12 says:
I hope and pray this has been informative and eye opening to you. I ask you to dig into your Bible and do some reading on what God calls his people to abstain from.
So before you go out and celebrate this Halloween, please take these things into consideration. Think about what you want to teach your children and how Halloween might affect them about how they think of these dark and evil things.
*Some people choose to not dress up and go trick or treating but use it as a witnessing opportunity for the people that do and come to their house. I’m not sure how effective that is but I’m sure spreading God’s word any way is better than not. I also realize that there are other types of church alternatives. Some churches do a Fall Festival at some point during the fall season that is solely based on having family fun with hay rides, games, and good food. Nothing Halloween themed about it, and I personally enjoy those and find them very refreshing!
I think outreach is important as long as it’s clear that it is different from what the world is doing. As for our family, while our children are young, we are not doing anything Halloween related. We want a clear boundary to be set while they are so young and impressionable. Maybe when they are older and more rooted in their faith, we can think of a way that could reach out to this dark world on this day and shine Jesus’ light!
Whatever you are led to do, as Christians, let’s make sure that the world knows who we are and what we are about! Sometimes, that means we have to stand up and say “No! We are not about that.”
Stand up and stand apart. Honor God first above all in everything you do!
Colossians 3:17 And whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.
Romans 13: 12 The night is far gone; the day is at hand. So then let us cast off the works of darkness and put on the armor of light.
1 Thessalonians 5:21 but test everything; hold fast what is good. 22 Abstain from every form of evil.
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