Halloween has quite an interesting birth story. It began as a Celtic holiday called Samhein where superstitious pagans would dress up as scary-looking creatures to ward off evil spirits on October 31. They did this so that by November 1st, the next day, they could honor their deceased loved ones without demonic opposition. So how did we get from Samhein to Halloween????
Well, after some time, Catholic Christians came to town to convert these pagans to Christianity. In an attempt to make their transition smoother they decided to substitute Samhein with a day called All Hallows Eve. Instead of honoring the dead, they would remember and celebrate saints who had done great works and had passed on to eternity with Christ.
Today, Halloween is an international commercial holiday that turns fear into fun and allows people to dress up as whatever their imaginations can think of.
So, how should the church approach this unavoidable Holiday? I say unavoidable because one way or another we have to talk about this and give a reasonable explanation to our kids, and future kids, who are bound to ask “Why can’t I dress up and get candy too?” Now I can’t speak for the whole church but I can share my views.
Growing up, I was never allowed to participate in Halloween activities. I never wore a Halloween costume, never been trick or treating or anything of the sort. So I’ve never had the seemingly funfilled Halloween experience. Because of this I’ve never felt so compelled to participate in its festivities as an adult. However, I use to be quite neutral on the topic of “Should Christians Celebrate Halloween?” I always said, to each his own. Yet, now I see a need for believers to take a stand for the faith and establish boundaries that clearly separate us from those outside the Kingdom.
My views on Halloween change about 3 years ago when I began to get closer to the Holy Spirit. I realized that anything that grieves Him, I should NEVER be apart of. He’s my connection to God’s mind and His desires. He comforts me, leads me and corrects me. I never want to break the flow of His words or grace in my life. Grieving Him breaks that flow. Ephesians 4:30 says, And grieve not the holy Spirit of God, whereby ye are sealed unto the day of redemption. One day while watching some Halloween themed scary movie, Holy Spirit convicted me and said I was taking lightly the battle we’re in against darkness. I was so confused. I thought how am I taking it lightly. He then reminded me of all the times I had to rebuke satan, and bind devils, and resist evil; now here I am watching a movie that paints a comedic and friendly picture of the very devils and evil forces I battle with every day. At that moment I realized that I was grieving the Holy Spirit every time I fed my spirit content such as that. So, since then I’ve abstained from everything that makes light of the severity of evil forces on Earth. (see 1 Thessalonians 5:22)
I think believers have to consider the origin of this holiday and the spirit of the season in order to get a concrete view on whether or not we should recognize it. Halloween today has no ties with Christ. And if you truly know the Father you’ll know that He loves to get the glory from all that His peoples do on Earth. Can we glorify God through Halloween??
To make it plain, I do not celebrate nor approve of the celebration of Halloween. I truly believe that God has no part in this holiday. Meaning, it does not glorify Him in any way. Instead, it glorifies the kingdom of darkness and gives people a yearly pass to be as wicked as they can for the sake of the cause. Furthermore, 1 Peter 1:16 commands us to be holy as He is holy. We can’t have a holy Halloween.
You know my thoughts, now I would love to know yours. Comment below your views on Christians and Halloween.