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I cannot tell you the number of times I’ve been asked about Halloween.
“Why don’t you take the kids trick-or-treating?”
“What’s wrong with costumes?”
“You know it’s really a Christian holiday, right?”
Why Christians Should Not Celebrate Halloween
I really, to be honest, did not have solid answers for these questions for a long time. I knew that our parents raised us to not celebrate Halloween. We did the church fall festivals and whatnot, but these didn’t involve costumes or knocking on a stranger’s door.
I guess this surprised me about myself, that I’d never really dug into the subject. Normally I like to have my list of facts, from credible sources, ready to spout off to anyone who questions my stance on a topic. Go ahead – ask me anything about a beta fish.
But for some reason, I hadn’t really dug into Halloween. Never really looked into WHY, exactly, we didn’t do these things. Sure, I knew we needed to stay away from evil in any form, and dressing up as a witch is obviously not okay. But what’s wrong with a Captain America costume?
So, this year, I did some digging. And I wanted to know the real meaning of Halloween. Is it really a Christian holiday? Is it okay to celebrate as long as you stay away from the evil stuff? Am I somehow depriving my children of a fun experience?
The truth about the origin of Halloween
I don’t know about you, but I’ve always heard that Halloween actually had Christian roots.
My first place to look was the Bible, which speaks out pretty plainly against evil. We, as Christians, are to have no part in evil. But, because Halloween wasn’t celebrated then, there’s nothing really clear about costumes or candy. Or its real origin. What I decided I needed to figure out was, is this holiday really evil? And can something potentially beginning as evil become good? Or have a positive influence?
So because we don’t have encyclopedias or real books to research anymore (just kidding, I know we do!) I went to the World Wide Web. I like to pick on my older sister because she “researches” things and then comes back with some completely off the wall garbage. And I’m like, “Crystal, where’d you hear that?” to which she always responds, “The internet”.
I wanted to make sure that the sources I found were somewhat credible, and not just a post of someone’s opinions only. Seeing as how millions of results come up for “origins of Halloween” Google search, I picked a couple places that seemed legit.
So between this History Channel article and an interview from a Boston University publication, I gathered a few things.
Halloween did not, in fact, begin as a Christian holiday. Many years ago, Celtics (located in what is now Ireland, UK & Northern France) celebrated Samhain – a time of celebrating the dead. They left out treats for spirits and ghosts, so the spirits would leave them alone.
In later years, when the Romans took over the area, they celebrated Pomona, who was a goddess of fruit and trees. Many believe this is where the harvest feast and apple bobbing came from – a tribute to her. Also, Feralia was the celebration of the passing of the dead.
These traditions sort of merged together, all celebrating spirits, ghosts, and pagan beliefs.
Eventually, the Catholic church decided that, rather than be outdone by the pagans, they should come up with their own celebration. You know, if you can’t beat them, join them. The Church already celebrated the Christian Feast of All Saints on November 1st and All Soul’s Day on November 2. So the pagan tradition became known as the Eve of All Saints, or All Hallow’s Eve.
When the holiday came to America, it wasn’t as wildly popular as it is today. But in true American fashion, we decided to make it super commercial and many people make lots of money. Different traditions developed and made the holiday what we know it as today, Halloween.
The costumes aren’t anything new, however. When the pagan holidays were celebrated, they believed if you went outside after dark, the spirits would recognize you and attack or attach to you. So, they wore masks to not be recognized. Often, these masks disguised them as animals.
Trick or treating stems from the poor going around and begging for food or money. In exchange for a pastry, the less fortunate would agree to pray away the spirits that might attack that home.
Now knowing where the holiday came from, and how popular traditions we now hold started, I still wondered if Halloween was truly evil. If you aren’t a witch or demon, then is it okay to dress up?
And if you aren’t openly professing Satan, then is it still evil?
In sharing his testimony, John Ramirez talks about going from a high-ranking Satanic priest to a relationship with Jesus Christ. I read his book, Out of the Devil’s Cauldron and he talks about Halloween.
People who walked on the dark side say to have no part of Halloween.
After looking into Halloween’s history, and seeing that some could still be unclear, I looked at the testimony of John Ramirez. Someone who was literally in a relationship with Satan himself has absolutely nothing positive to say about this holiday.
In a radio broadcast, Ramirez speaks bluntly about Halloween and says that Christians should have nothing to do with it, at all. He goes so far as to say that putting pumpkins on your doorstep invites in the spirit of Jezebel. (Side note: I don’t know about you, but I’d rather Jezebel’s spirit stay far, far away from here!)
He explains that costumes are a way of masking your identity and that the devil loves nothing more than to steal your identity in Christ. Most Christians don’t even know who they are in The Lord, and anytime the devil can add to that confusion, he does.
He points out that we are to affect the world, and not be affected by it. And for someone to say they celebrate Halloween but love Jesus is like saying you’re married and love your spouse but have an affair with a prostitute. It makes no sense. Celebrating the holiday opens gateways and portals into the spirit world that most Christians are completely unaware of.
If you want to listen to the whole broadcast – which I recommend that you do! – you can find it here.
I also found a video by a former witch, who talks plainly and openly about what types of sacrifice happen on Halloween. And she says that, while not everyone partakes in these rituals, why would you want to celebrate murder and abuse? She also has a blog where she shares her testimony and talks in depth about spiritual warfare. But her post on Halloween can be read here.
So, what’s my take on Halloween?
Glad you asked! I cannot pretend that I delved into the spirit world, or see all the forces of evil. But I know what scripture says. Ephesians 5:16 says to redeem our time because the days are evil (paraphrased KJV). John 15:19 says that we are not of this world, He chose us, so the world hates us. Jesus says in John 17:16 that we are not of the world.
The first thing Christians need to understand is this: we are not like the world. We have to stop trying to live as though we’re the same. Even celebrating a holiday that is evil, and calling it otherwise, is not okay (Isaiah 5:20).
I know the argument some have (especially non-Christians): Christmas and Easter have pagan origins. To those, I say: don’t worry, I’ll write about that, too.
But, here’s the difference: when you celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ, Satan has no part in that. More importantly, when you celebrate the death – and resurrection – of Jesus Christ, Satan cannot stand it. Because without the Resurrection, we Christians have no life.
These holidays might not be celebrated when the actual events happened, but they’re also not celebrating the enemy of our souls. These are not days that evil specifically tries to seduce men and women into ritual sacrifice and abuse. They afford us the opportunity to share with our children about Jesus.
The bigger question about why Christians should not celebrate Halloween could better be phrased, “Why do Christians want to celebrate Halloween?”
So, to all my friends and family who might wonder, no, we are not taking the kids trick or treating because my house is covered in the blood of Jesus Christ and I do not want my children to go around begging for potentially poisoned candy.
My children do not need to wear a costume to protect them from evil spirits. Primarily because that wouldn’t work anyway, but also because I pray for them. For God’s protection over them. And that goes further than any disguise. I also do not want them confused about who they are.
No, it’s not really a Christian holiday. And any holiday where babies are murdered will not be celebrated in this house.
Lastly, if you think I’m a fanatic: good. I am. Fanatical about Jesus. And the last thing I want is to displease Him.