SHOULD CHRISTIANS CELEBRATE HALLOWEEN?
Even though the modern name ‘Halloween’ derives from the contraction of the English term ‘All-Hallows-Eve’, which is the day before the Christian festival of ‘All Saints Day’, in reality, Halloween comes from before the traditional Church elected the 1st of November as the ‘Day of All Saints’ and the 2nd of November as ‘Day of All Souls’. (1)
Halloween is a revival of the Celtic pagan celebration of ‘Harvest Day’ or ‘Samhain’, where the pagan used to celebrate the end of harvest and the commencement of Winter, from the night of the 31st of October to the 1st of November, through the use of magic, sacrificial offerings to spirits, invocation of elves, fairies, pagan gods and other demonic characters were called for protection for the coming winter. (2)
After Christianity tried to ‘redeem’ these pagan celebrations by adopting the celebration of all Saints on the day, centuries later it revived in England during the 16th century, with the support of occultist and from there migrated into the American English colonies from where it took the form and the name it has today.
TRICK OF TREAT
The practice of ‘trick or treat’ was adopted where witches would go around asking for gifts for their pagan celebrations under penalty of ‘trick’ or cast evil spells on you if refused. (3)
In the 18th century it was also adopted the use of lighting up candles inside pumpkins cut out in the form of a head. It is said that the custom was adopted from the practiced initiated by a condemned man, called Jack, who gave his soul to Satan and whose penalty became to roam the planet with a lamp to see his path. (4)
All connotations with Halloween are related to evil and satanic ritual, and the customs people are expected to wear, are supposed to represent condemned spirits and demons, and the secular world uses this to increase sales and make money from this celebration.
WHAT ARE CHRISTIANS TO DO
CHRISTIANS are true followers of JESUS, the Son of God, who came to destroy the works of Satan (1John 3:8) and bring people who used to live under his tyranny and darkness to the light and freedom of God (John 12:36; Ephesians 5:8).
St Paul, speaking of the necessity of Christians to marry other Christian believers, he asked the question, ‘What communion has Light with Darkness?” (2Corinthians 6:14); and about eating from food sacrificed to idols, he said, ‘You cannot eat from the Lord’s Table and the table of demons’ (1Corinthians 10:21).
If Paul spoke like that about marriage and food, how much more the same principle will not be included not only in these two aspects of our lives, but in everything else?
A true disciple of Jesus looks for the Glory of this Master and not his own benefit, specially if an action promotes the kingdom of Satan and its evil on the planet, in open defiance of God’s will.
True Christians are called to condemn those celebrations as evil and demonic. Are called to teach their children to stay away from them, and teach them to honor Christ as their King, and be proud to be called ‘Elect’ and ‘Children of God’. Only Satanist, people who do not know God and apostates, are participant of these celebration of Hell and Evil, and we are not part of them, if truly we have come to the knowledge of Jesus Christ.
“Whoever says he abides in him ought to walk in the same way in which he walked.”
(1) Walter A. Elwell, Evangelical Dictionary of Theology, 2001.
(2) Time, December edition, 2019.
(3) Nicholas Rogers, Halloween, From Pagan Ritual to Party Night, 2003.
Hutton, The Stations of The Sun: A History of the Ritual Year in Britain, 1996.