Talk about a subject on which there are TONS of questions from confused Christians... that's Halloween.
October 31st IS a day the Lord has made and we Christians must rejoice and be glad in it (Psalm 118:24). Romans 14:5 says, "One man esteems one day above another: another esteemeth every day alike. Let every man be fully persuaded in his own mind." Just as one might claim October 31st is the devil's high holy day, another may choose to "redeem" the day by taking part in their church's "Holy Ween" Fall Festival or some such thing. We Christians seem to naturally tend to heap up as many rules as we can, standards by which we expect all other men to live by. typically, however, we judge others by what they DO and judge ourselves by our good INTENTIONS.
Even if there were no devil (trust me, there IS) the fact is that hideous things are done in Satan's honor on this day all around the globe. Halloween's history is very tainted. The file is pretty thick on its evil history and current practices, not to mention crime statistics from law enforcement officials. Flipping through the files, it's strange how quickly the information flows into the subject of Witchcraft, Satanism and violent crime.
Halloween is the most important festival of witchcraft. Its history goes back 2000 years to the Druids, an ancient pre-Celtic priestly order of Gaul, in honor of Samhain (pronounced Sa-Ween), Lord of the dead. Very depraved people, these Druids! They're believed to have built Stonehenge, the monolithic stone carvings in England where human sacrifices took place. Stonehenge is believed to have been erected to calculate the sun's movements and determine the exact day on which to honor the Earth Mother goddess through human sacrifices. Which day would that be? Halloween, of course.
The name "Halloween" is derived from the phrase, "All Hallow's Eve," October 31st, the Eve of Samhain, the Celtic New Year. Samhain supposedly called up all the evil souls who had died the previous year and demons, fairies, elves, ghosts sprang up from the netherworld. To ensure fertility to cattle and crops, firstborn children were offered as living sacrifices to satisfy theses evil creatures. Today, we emulate these folkloric and demonic practices by dressing up like monsters, demons, skeletons, the undead, as we go to Halloween parties and "trick or treat." As Christians, Scripture instructs us to think about that which is "...true, noble, right, pure, lovely and admirable...," (Phil. 4:8) and "...avoid the appearance of evil," (1 Thess. 5:22). Can we do that when dressed some horrible, ghastly, blood-covered creature? Probably not. Can we dress up as something sill or funny and pass out candy and cartoon Gospel tracts? Will a self-righteous statement such as, "I'm a Christian and I don't DO Halloween" do anything but scare away our unsaved co-workers and neighbors? Even our own kids?
It was believed that these demons insisted upon "treats" to keep them from performing their "tricks," or curses, on people's lives. So, people would leave the finest food and drink for them on their doorsteps, usually devoured by stray dogs, cats, wild animals and vagabonds. If dissatisfied with the treats, it was feared they might enter the house causing destruction of property or person, i.e., ruining a water well, killing cattle, souring milk, sickness and even death.
In 834 A.D., the Catholic Church moved All Saints Day from May to November 1st (to placate the Roman worshippers of Pomona, goddess of fruit and trees), as well as the newly conquered descendants of the Druids in Germany and Scandinavia. Thus, Halloween is often celebrated as the eve of All Saints Day with the same reverence for the dead. Biblical Christianity is about LIFE! Jesus said, "I am the Way, the Truth and the LIFE," (Jn 14:6). He said He came that we may have "...LIFE and LIFE more abundantly,"(Jn 10:10). Our faith is not about death. We serve a Savior who said, "Death, where is your sting?" (1 Cor 15:55). A Christian's focus should be on bringing that resurrected, eternal life to others, and on making disciples, NOT praying TO, FOR or FEARING the dead.
Demons are not merely things of superstition. Symbols are the very things used by those who have embraced the occult in the conjuring of the spirits they represent. Hey, if symbols were meaningless, we could adorn the walls of your church as safely with swastikas as with crosses! Bobbing for apples? Originally a means of divining the future. Jack-o'-lanterns? Came from a tale of a man who tricked the devil into leaving him alone and was denied both Heaven and hell but lights his way at night carrying a glowing coal in a carved out turnip. Witches are often pictured with black cats, owls or rats. Practitioners of witchcraft believe these creatures are the best lodging place for familiar spirits, the demons who predict the future and act as spirit guides for a single witch or an entire coven. Ravens, owls, broomsticks, cauldrons ... there is a wicked history to every aspect of Halloween's symbols and traditions. "Be self-controlled and alert. Your enemy the devil roams around like a roaring lion seeking whom he may devour," (1 Peter 5:8).
Kids who are on the fringe, loners and thrill seekers desiring acceptance or involvement are most prone to getting involved with deeper levels of occult practices. Lots of these practices are ultimately on a criminal level, not only spiritual. Many of our nation's convicts are behind bars as a result of some crime committed in the name of Satan. Horror movies are one way that multitudes of children are exposed to the occult, not to mention how easily accessible this type of material is in the libraries. In schools, books pertaining to spooky things are available to every age. Sure, they're generally comical cartoons. Some are quite well-written. If you were Satan, how would you lure a kid or disarm an already uninformed parent?
As parents, if you're convicted of the spiritual significance of Halloween, train your children accordingly. Train them not to be condemning of those who DO celebrate Halloween, too. Use the occasion to be a loving witness for Christ. If anyone asks why you do NOT celebrate if that describes you - go ahead and share. Not in a condemning or holier-than-thou manner, but speak the truth in love. You may wish to pass out candy and gospel tracts to the kids who stop by. In effort to substitute traditions (It's generally best to NEVER just say 'no,' without giving kids a replacement), watch old black & white comedies and eat junk food while handing candy and tracts to costumed visitors. I did that with my own kids and instilled a love for Hollywood's Golden Age of films, its songs and made memories they STILL talk about. A pumpkin carved with the words "Jesus saves" or something similar may even illuminate your window. As a family, pray for the safety of those who unwittingly, or knowingly, participate, Christian or not. Make the evening downright holy...and fun! Pray against those who may use the opportunity to physically harm or kill an innocent person, with tainted candies or through involvement in Satanic practices.
Yes, human sacrifices STILL take place in the name of Satan. While Christian children (adults, too) are cajoling about in costumes and enjoying the party atmosphere, REAL servants of the Dark Side are celebrating the dead as they have for 2000 years, some with tax exempt status from the IRS, which recognizes the religious nature of their beliefs. Satanists fellowship with the devil himself; this is not a day to be scoffed at for them. It is their high unholy day, a direct attack on Christianity for they blaspheme the beliefs of no other major world religion.
Harvest festivals and hayrides are great fun but stay away from things that conjure up that spirit (demon) of Fear. Horror movies and haunted houses, for example. Without asking, someone once dragged my youngest off to a haunted house one Halloween and it took a great deal of prayer to get the nightmares and constant fearfulness to cease (I was livid)! "As for me and my house, we will serve the Lord," (Joshua 24:15).
Pray for wisdom and guidance. Don't be accusatory or condemning toward others. Take advantage of every opportunity to share Christ and speak the truth in love, as I'm sure you will!
READ 'EM & REAP!! 1 Peter 2:9 2 Cor 6:14 Deut 18 James 4:4 ------------------------------------------------------------------------------
Don't obey the Christian "rule" to ignore Halloween. Don't follow the direction of your church tradition either, or the comments of unconcerned Christian friends who are throwing a Halloween party and want you to attend, the pressure of your excitable children, or the council of a friend or pastor who may be uninformed on this subject. They may simply be unaware. You may wish to share this article with others and request their prayerful comments. Pray and listen to the Holy Spirit to see what He will have YOU do differently, if anything, on the subject of Halloween. Then, do the right thing! Your house, too, must serve the Lord!
I have felt the same conviction, so our family brainstormed. We decided to play contemporary Christian music (that the younger generation prefers) out of the window next to the door we answer. We were trying to give a subtle message of God's love and Word through music as we handed out candy on this controversial night.
Michael, you have a well documented article here, and it exposes a lot, and it is very informative. Thank you for sharing your knowledge of Halloween with us, and thank you for exposing its evils. Thomas
A delightful article! I was refreshed to read your insights as well as some of the stats on this "holiday". As a former Satanist, drug addict and convict; it was so nice to finally hear someone besides me say the things you've said here.
Well written, and informative, with one exception: Halloween is not the only day of sacrifices in the kingdom of darkness. We, the Body are just more excitable over this particular day and as you said, it is fear that empowers the day. Truth is, there is as much superstition in the church about this day as there is in the unsaved who celebrate it.
You brought some of that out! Redeem the time, use it, candy, tracts and a pumpkin with "Jesus Saves" carved in it.....I loved that!