I never knew growing up why kids put on customs, went to haunted houses, or went trick-or-treating in the neighborhood.
I just went along with it with pillow case in hand (my trick-or-treat bag) as I followed my older brothers around the hood trying to get as much candy I could carry.
Today many Christians celebrate this holiday going along with the status quo, but is celebrating Halloween a Christian thing to do?
To help answer this let’s look at where Halloween originated and what God says about it.
Festival Of The Dead
The Celtic people who were once all over Europe observed an ancient festival called Samhain (the Lord of Death).
During this day the Celts believed the dead was able to mingle with the living. They sacrificed animals and food to help the dead travel to the “otherworld.”
When the Christians decided to convert the Celts to Christianity they labeled Samhain evil since it dealt with the supernatural.
Therefore, from a Christian’s perspective Halloween is a day that celebrates evil.
October 31 was the eve of All Saints Day and was considered the most active day of the year for the supernatural and the living.
Eventually this day was branded All Hallows Eve then Hallow Evening became Hallowe’en, which finally came to be Halloween.
Most Halloween practices of today such as costumes and going door-to-door comes from the Celtic day of Samhain.
Mask Must Go
What does God have to say about these practices?
Let no one be found among you who sacrifices their son or daughter in the fire, who practices divination or sorcery, interprets omens, engages in witchcraft, or casts spells, or who is a medium or spiritist or who consults the dead. (Deuteronomy 18:10-11)
It’s obvious God doesn’t like these practices.
The mask must go on all Christians who think that it’s just a harmless Holiday for their children to have fun.
There were a resurgence of demonic activity in the world back then and still today.
We must beware of the occult.
2 Corinthians 4:4 Satan, the god of this world, has blinded the minds of those who don’t believe, so they are unable to see the glorious light of the Good News that is shining upon them.
Satan not only blinds those who don’t believe in the Lord but also those who do!
The Devil is called “the God of this world”, because he have a lot of interest is this world.
He is also called the God of Darkness because he darkens the understanding of men.
This is why God urges you to gain knowledge. Why?
Because knowledge is light and lack of it can cost you your salvation.
Traditions vs. Jesus’ Commandments
In 2 John 2:15-17
Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world. If any man love the world, the love of the Father is not in him.
You cannot love the world and God at the same time.
When most of humanity participates in a certain practice doesn’t mean it’s the right thing to do.
Some people use the Bible as if they’re eating at a smorgasbord. They pick what they like and leave the rest.
Jesus said He would never leave or forsake His children. However, we can walk away from His fellowship by refusing to be with Him and following His commandments.
The Devil Tricks But God Treats
Ephesians 6:11 Put on all of God’s armor so that you will be able to stand firm against all strategies and tricks of the Devil
I believe celebrating Halloween is wrong and many of our struggles in life are a result of direct attacks by our spiritual enemies.
These spiritual demons trick us in the name of having fun.
The Bible says there is a spiritual warfare going on and I believe it.
While we may think we are firmly grounded in our walk with God many Christians wear only half or maybe one-third of God’s armor.
We must put on the complete suit of armor. Don’t make excuses rather admit the truth.
God is the truth and a treat.