Halloween is approaching and like every year I’ve prepared myself to answer my students’ questions about this pagan celebration. Why Christians don’t celebrate Halloween? Why shouldn’t we attend Halloween costume parties? And so on and so forth.
As Christians, there is a lot of debate on whether or not we should participate in Halloween. Is it alright to go trick-or-treating? Can we dress our children in costumes and send them out door-to-door? If we do any of this, are we celebrating an evil holiday?
The History of Halloween Festival
Halloween is the season set aside for little ghosts and ugly creatures to take to the streets, begging for candy and scaring people. Strange and frightening stories are told around fires, horror movies are shown in theaters and other artworks and scary activities. The Halloweens festival is observed by millions of people in numerous countries as a fun time for kids and even adults sometimes. They put on costumes and go door-to-door to get candy.
In addition to these, it is also known as a time of witches, ghost, and goblins. Some Christians perceive Halloween to be partly a harmless time of fun and also a ghastly and demonically inspired night that should be avoided.
The Origin Of Halloween
The word Halloween is derived from the term, “All Hallows Eve,” which occurred on the 31st of October. All Saints Day or “All Hallows Day” was the next Day, 1st of November. Therefore, Halloween stands as the eve of All Saints Day. History has it that the origin of Halloween can be traced back to ancient Ireland and Scotland around the time of Christ. On October 31st the Celts celebrated the day because it was when animal herders would move their animals into barns and pens and prepare to ride out the winter.
This was also known to be the time of the crop harvests. This yearly change in season and lifestyle was ushered in by a festival called Samhain, pronounced as ‘sow-ane’ which means ‘end of summer.’
There were many superstitions associated with this time of change, including the belief in fairies and that the spirits of the dead moved about looking for bodies to possess. Since the living did not want to be possessed by these “spirits”, they dressed up in costumes and paraded around the streets making loud noises to confuse and scare the spirits.
In addition to this, the New Year began for the Celts on 1st November. So, the day of Samhain was known to be a day that was in neither the year past nor the year to come. Since it was in between, chaos and disorderliness ruled on that day. Often, people would pull practical pranks on others as a result.
At about the 5th century, as the Catholic Church developed, they moved in and took over the area, instead of adding a new day to celebrate or abolish it, it took over and continued the Samhain celebration; making 1st of November “All Hallows Eve” where all the saints of the Catholic church would be honored.
Later on in the future, a custom emerged where people would go door-to-door on the 2nd of November requesting small cakes in exchange for the promise of praying for some of the dead relatives of each house. This was as a result of a certain religious belief that the dead were in a state of confinement before they went to either heaven or hell; and that their prayers could influence and change the outcome favorably.
Hence, it became general knowledge that the origins of Halloween are a mixture of old Celtic pagan rituals superstition and early Catholic traditions; there was nothing Christian like about the event.
Why Christians don’t celebrate Halloween?
It is important for everyone who considers themselves followers of Christ to consider for a moment what they are celebrating and what the history behind whatever we celebrate is. For example; what the Halloween is all about.
Is the holiday admonishing and uplifting? Is Halloween pure? Is it lovely, praiseworthy, or of good report? According to the book of Philippians 4:8 which says;
“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.”
Is Halloween based on godly teachings and ideology? Such as the teachings of peace, freedom, unity, and salvation or does it bring to mind feelings of fear, hopelessness, obsession, anger, and bondage? In addition, does the Holy Bible sanction and endorse witchcrafts, witches, and sorcery? However, on the contrary, the Bible reveals that these practices are abominable and unholy before the Lord.
In addition, does the Holy Bible sanction and endorse witchcrafts, witches, and sorcery? However, on the contrary, the Bible reveals that these practices are abominable and unholy before the Lord.
In the book of Leviticus20:27, the Bible further emphasizes; anyone who is caught in the act or practicing witchcraft, soothsaying, sorcery should be killed. Also in the book Deuteronomy 18:9-13 it says, “When you come into the land which the Lord your God gives you, you shall not follow the abominations of those nations.
There shall not be seen among you anyone who practices witchcraft, or a soothsaying, an interpreter omen, a sorcerer, conjurer of spells, a spiritist, or one who invokes the dead. For all who practice these and more are an abomination to the Lord.”
Is It Wrong To Join In Halloween Celebration?
Let’s take a clue from what the Holy Bible says about this topic; “And have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather expose them.” (Ephesians 5:11)
This passage enjoins us to not only have no association with any type of dark and ungodly activity BUT ALSO encourages us to disgrace and expose those around us who partake in such.
As earlier underscored, the early church failed to kick against and expose the activities of Halloween; rather it was adopted into the church’s holy activities and days.
Sadly, a lot more Christians today still respond favorably to these activities and extensively find joy in them.
God’s final words and charge to us his followers is enshrined in the Book of 2 Corinthians 6:17 “come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing”
It is better we listen to the voice of God than the voice and dictates of Men. We have been given the power to dominate our environment and put everything under our control and dominion.
Let us take charge today and make God our creator Proud.
The darkness of Halloween – testimony
Was the article convince you to get away from everything connected with Halloween? If not, please watch the testimony of former “witch” who has more experience with the darkness of Halloween. It takes about 12 minutes but I assure you its pay off to watch.
To see more testimonies visit her website www.theothersideofdarkness.com.
What do you think? Should Christians celebrate Halloween? Drop your opinion below.