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Do You Glorify God on Halloween?

Ladies, Halloween is a controversial holiday for many Christians. While some Christians celebrate the holiday, others prefer to steer clear of it. Why?

Halloween is often described as an evil pagan holiday, but the truth is that it originated in an attempt to baptize a dark holiday, as did Christmas and Easter. These and other Christian holidays were specifically celebrated on existing pagan holidays in an attempt to divert attention toward Christ and away from evil.

The following is a clip that describes this in a brief and concise way.

Ladies, the truth of Halloweenย is in its origins. Just because these holidays were celebrated on existing pagan holidays doesn’t mean that they themselves are pagan.

Also, God recognizes what’s in the heart. He knows what your intentions are. And so when you glorify and praise His name and recognize Him on these days, He knows that He is being glorified and no one else.

If you do celebrate Halloween, I do urge you to steer away from the darkness that some people surround themselves in and opt for fun costumes, rather than evil ones. We as Christians must continue to glorify our Lord on this day and remind everyone that Halloween is a holy day, and should be celebrated as such.

Ladies, do you celebrate Halloween? Why or why not?

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  1. annagrace1211

    Posted by annagrace1211 on November 2, 2015 at 08:32

    My parents left it up to me to decide whether or not I wanted to celebrate Halloween. They, personally are not against it as long as we don’t dress up as a witch, vampire, zombie etc. I decided not to celebrate it because I feel like it is really celebrating evil no matter the origins. Culture has kind of made it evil. Nevertheless, I still hand out candy with tracts because it’s such a great opportunity to witness to people! That’s just my personal convictions, I’m not judging anyone else, because honestly that’s not my job as a Christian. That’s between you and God.

  2. krisitty

    Posted by krisitty on October 31, 2015 at 23:33

    I hope everyone realizes that not everyone goes to haunted houses, dresses up as witches or devils or other scary things on Halloween. Many, many people dress up like doctors or monks or angels or fairies or animals, and don’t go to haunted houses. The word Halloween comes from All Hallows’ Eve, which is basically translated to The Eve of All Saints Day. All Saints day was a holiday celebrating catholic saints. And actually not a lot of Halloween traditions are directly rooted in pagan practices, most are loosely derived from church practices of that holiday or from modern capitalist consumer practices, similar Valentines Day and Easter. I don’t care if people don’t celebrate Halloween, it just means more candy for the rest of us. I just don’t like it when people use scare tactics and sketchy attempts at logic in order to judge those of us who celebrate a fun and harmless holiday. Sure, some people do bad things on Halloween but honestly people do dark things all throughout the year, not just Halloween. I just wish people would lighten up a bit.

  3. SimplyBeautiful

    Posted by SimplyBeautiful on November 3, 2013 at 19:11

    My parents honestly don’t like me celebrating Halloween, and I’m fine with that. They’ve always been over protective of me, but concerning Halloween I’ve grown to relies why they don’t like that holiday. We either stay at home that night or go to a church festival and have some fun winning games and getting candy ๐Ÿ™‚ This year I went to church the day before Halloween for my church’s little Festival for the Middle and Highschoolers, and I actually dressed up for the first time! On Halloween I just stayed home and watched a movie.

  4. atla_bee

    Posted by atla_bee on October 25, 2013 at 10:52

    My church has a church service on Halloween night called “Light the Night.” We intercede for those caught in darkness on that night and we worship God as the one true light. The after we eat & fellowship. It’s fun because even the little kids participate.

  5. ams7298

    Posted by ams7298 on October 23, 2013 at 16:23

    My church has a “Stomp On the Devil Party” on Halloween!

  6. Project Inspired

    Posted by Belle64 on October 23, 2013 at 12:40

    This is so interesting! I have always dressed up for halloween, but I never had the mentality of “I’m hiding from the devil” so I don’t think that I was doing anything wrong. I always saw it as just a day to dress out of the ordinary and get candy for doing so, haha. Now I still believe so, but now I’m going to try to use it to glorify God, as well as dress up.

  7. Godismytruelovexx

    Posted by Godismytruelovexx on October 22, 2013 at 14:54

    Ever since I was little, my parents taught me that Halloween is a bad, evil holiday and should never be celebrated, even if its just dressing up in a innocent costume, and going door to door asking for a few pieces of candy. Up to this day, I’m strongly against it, and I’ve never felt like i’ve been missing out on any fun, either. I don’t see how its a Christian holiday at all. If us as christians are supposed to be the light of the world, then how are we supposed to live up to that if we dress up as devils or witches for halloween, and enjoy going to haunted houses, glorifying the same darkness that everyone else in the world claims as “fun, innocent, and harmless”. Also, just by comparing Christmas, which is a Christian holiday, to Halloween, there is an enormous difference in terms of their origins, and their significance today. I know that only God can judge anyone’s relationship with him, regardless of whether they celebrate halloween or not, but I believe that it’s wrong entirely, and it does make me a bit sad when I see christians dressing up and celebrating. Just needed to rant a bit, God bless ๐Ÿ™‚

  8. Jesus_chick_529

    Posted by Jesus_chick_529 on October 21, 2013 at 15:53

    Halloween has changed over the years, and probably on purpose. It’s focused on having fun with costumes and candy! Nothing wrong with that?
    –Don’t focus on what it used to be, (at least that’s what I think)… past is past. It has no harm this day in age.

  9. Project Inspired

    Posted by Godsmasterpiece on October 18, 2013 at 18:55

    What does DARKNESS have anything to do with LIGHT?? No matter what you try to disguise this satanic day it will always be dark!! Nothing to do with JESUS.

  10. rileyyjane

    Posted by rileyyjane on October 18, 2013 at 14:12

    I was forced to trick or treat with my whole family up until a few years ago. I always dreaded it. I was afraid of costumes that my cousins would wear. I remember being very little and hiding in a corner crying because they would purposely scare me. Now that I can choose to do it or not, I will never be celebrating Halloween again.

  11. peyto

    Posted by peyto on October 17, 2013 at 20:41

    We celebrate Halloween. But this year volleyball nationals are on Halloween, and I had a brilliant plan for Halloween this year. We don’t get very many trick or treaters, so I thot I would bake cupcakes, and stick a piece of paper in the middle with a Bible verse. So I decided I would try and this for my team if i have time. I though I would share this for others to steal. Its a great way to spread the Word.

  12. Mandi Pi

    Posted by Mandi Pi on October 17, 2013 at 10:12

    Lol I don’t even know for sure what I think……I personally believe it’s one of those things where if you have had convictions that it is wrong, then that’s fine and you of course shouldn’t do it. But if you don’t feel conviction and you don’t think it’s really affecting you and your walk, it’s perfectly fine to do it! I think it’s awful that things like that happen on Halloween night, but I think we as Christians can be different without having to skip it altogether. BUT, I would never let my kids wear ANY scary costumes (ghosts, zombies, witches, etc.) until they were old enough to fully understand that we do NOT believe in and/or support ANYTHING like ghosts or skeletons or whatever. As long as you have the right mindset and it is not affecting your relationship with God, it is okay. Some people have convictions about it and therefore think otherwise though, and I completely get that. Maybe at some point I’ll have conviction too, but until then that’s where I stand I think! : )

  13. Rusty101

    Posted by Rusty101 on October 17, 2013 at 09:03

    Loved the Youtube clip ๐Ÿ™‚ My mom doesn’t like to celebrate Halloween and although I see her reasoning behind it, I’ve often felt left out of the whole “childhood experience,” dressing up, trick-or-treating, decorating, and baking spooky treats (who knew spider cupcakes could look so delicious, lol). Even though I still wish I could participate in all that sort of stuff, I know my parents do this because they love and want to protect me. When I eventually get married and start a family, I don’t know if we’ll “celebrate halloween,” I can see both perspectives and have mixed feelings about them; I don’t think the Church has a definite teaching saying you can’t or can celebrate it. We’ll, I guess I better do some researching, off to google I go!

  14. KaylaPaige947

    Posted by KaylaPaige947 on October 16, 2013 at 17:46

    I celebrated Halloween when I was 3. I wasn’t allowed to ”celebrate” it again until I was about 12. I went trick or treating until I was 16. That was it. I do like the dressing up aspect of it, because I’m an aspiring actress, so it’s like being a new character for a night. Plus, c’mon.. candy is delicious. But when I was younger, my family and I would sit on our porch and we’d hand out candy attached to a Bible verse and a prayer for accepting Christ. It was a fun thing, and I may end up starting that back up this year.

  15. rainana

    Posted by rainana on October 16, 2013 at 17:19

    We dont celebrate Halloween in our religion because its considered a pagan Holiday like many others, But Even if we did celebrate it, still seems very pagan and lets be honest but How can we praise God by dressing like witches and ghosts??? YES its fun But theres NOOO way you can praise God by treak or treating ??
    So No it is not a Christian holiday.
    My family and I dont Celebrate Christmas either, But at least I understand why people outside my religion do… At least on Christmas they celebrate something about “Jesus being Born on that day” But Halloween has nothing to do with Jesus nor God nor thanking God, in fact we’re all dressing our children as evil, or fantasy characters.
    Thats just my opinion

  16. BFFofGOD4EVER

    Posted by BFFofGOD4EVER on October 16, 2013 at 15:12

    My girls’ Bible study group that I lead are going to be giving out the Gospel, as well as some small treats this year! We’re super-stoked! Please keep us in your prayers!

  17. Syd

    Posted by Syd on October 16, 2013 at 10:57

    I used to not celebrate Halloween, but now I do. I love October. I don’t really look at it as actually celebrating Halloween, I just think of it as a day off to have fun and scare people. I like to call it the fun night of scary exchange; You get candy and get to scare people. I might not be going trick-or-treating, but I sure am going to creep out any trick-or-treaters that come to my house with my glowing eyes hidden in bushes. >:D In my mind it’s all just fun, it’s your decision to make it into something bad.

  18. Publicpassion

    Posted by Publicpassion on October 15, 2013 at 19:02

    I do! It’s so much fun! An actors dream! This year I’m Marilyn Monroe.

  19. leh13

    Posted by leh13 on October 15, 2013 at 16:22

    I’ve always celebrated Halloween, even though my parents never let me wear witch costumes or dress up in any dark costumes. I’ve always enjoyed going out and trick-or-treating in my neighborhood with my friends, whom many of which are Christians. Like the video said, I believe that God knows our true intentions and that if we live to glorify Him, even if it is on Halloween, He wouldn’t have a problem with us celebrating it in a good, fun and Godly manner.

  20. gracers122

    Posted by gracers122 on October 15, 2013 at 15:31

    I was never allowed to celebrate it. I’m 16 now so I don’t care…most people my age are way over Halloween anyways. It was just another normal night for us!! And it still will be

    • LoVeYoUrSeLf98

      Posted by LoVeYoUrSeLf98 on October 16, 2013 at 14:11

      Same here except I’m 15. ๐Ÿ™‚ BUT, we totally load up on the candy! ๐Ÿ˜€

  21. tmgaouette

    Posted by tmgaouette on October 15, 2013 at 15:21

    I think it’s important to understand the history of this and other Christian holidays. The origins of Halloween is not an opinion, it’s fact. It’s also not an opinion that Halloween is Christian…it’s a fact. Because it was the church that established the holiday. Also, to be clear, Halloween is the Christian holiday that takes place on the same day as the pagan holiday. The pagan holiday didn’t turn into Halloween. It was and is a completely different holiday. Some of the traditions were adopted in an attempt to make it more appealing to pagans so that they would become Christian. The same goes for Christmas…do you sing carols? light candles? decorate a tree? All pagan and adopted by the Catholic Church in the celebration of Christmas. These are facts. The point of this article is not to discuss whether Halloween is Christian or not…it is. Nor am I trying to get you to celebrate Halloween…that’s up to you. The point of this article is to remind you that Halloween is a Christian holiday and therefore, as Christians, we should glorify God when celebrating it. Blessings to you all, TMG

    • krisitty

      Posted by krisitty on October 31, 2015 at 23:42

      Oh my gosh thank you! It really gets on my nerves when people try to say that Halloween is a completely pagan holiday, and that its like the Devils birthday or something crazy like that. And honestly the only ‘holiday’ish thing I can think of that has no Christian roots is birthday parties. I mean honestly, almost every holiday (Christmas, Easter, Halloween, Valentine’s Day) has a Christian history behind it except for birthdays. So people who don’t celebrate Halloween because it “doesn’t honor God” should really stop celebrating their birthday or anyone else’s birthday for that matter. Lol

    • SlinkyKitty88

      Posted by SlinkyKitty88 on October 18, 2013 at 12:10

      Thanks so much for this!

      I hate when Christians flip out on Halloween because it’s pagan, and then partake in the pagan-originated Christmas traditions without batting an eye. It probably irritates me way more than it actually should. ๐Ÿ˜›

      Fortunately, my mother was reasonably sensible about things, and we were allowed to dress up and trick-or-treat (her costume rules were a bit strange – No witches or ghosts, but aliens and “killer bees” were totally fine). For a while she against carving pumpkins, but she got over it.

    • AllisonGrace

      Posted by AllisonGrace on October 16, 2013 at 18:06

      I’m impressed by your wisdom and all the research you put into the article. Great job! I love how you tell it like it is.

  22. cassythefashionista93

    Posted by cassythefashionista93 on October 15, 2013 at 15:19

    I think Halloween is fun holiday. Getting dressed up and going to get candy with friends was always a fun thing I looked forward to when I was younger. Now, I attend fall festivals at churches or trunk or treats with my cousins and nephew. As a Christian, we should keep all days holy and glorify God. As it said at the end, God knows your true intentions. My intentions is just to have clean fun with friends on that night.

  23. PolkaDot

    Posted by PolkaDot on October 15, 2013 at 14:29

    My family doesn’t do Halloween, because a lot of stuff happens on Halloween. Like people thinking they are going to turn into vampires that night. But I definitely don’t think its a sin to celebrate Halloween as long as you keep it light and clean.

    • PolkaDot

      Posted by PolkaDot on October 15, 2013 at 14:30

      I don’t agree with Halloween being a Christian Holiday though. I just can’t see that.

      • AllisonGrace

        Posted by AllisonGrace on October 16, 2013 at 18:03

        It doesn’t matter if you “see” it or not. It is a fact. I’m so glad TM did such great research. She’s right ๐Ÿ™‚ I’ll be working on halloween, but there is nothing demonic or evil about Halloween! I’ll celebrate it when I’m not working! Haha

  24. iam_priceless

    Posted by iam_priceless on October 15, 2013 at 13:35

    I celebrate Halloween with my family. We go out to eat pizza. My two eldest sisters are the only ones who have gone trick-or-treating. I do think Halloween is Satan’s holiday, but I don’t think it has to be bad.

  25. belladoesntsuck

    Posted by belladoesntsuck on October 15, 2013 at 13:32

    I’m going to be a flapper this year. I have a modest black flapper-style dress. I might wear a bit of makeup to enhance the costume, seeing as flappers wore lots of makeup. I have a bunch of flapperesque jewelry. Also, I have a pretty flapper head band. I’m so excited!!

  26. Posted by Nicole on October 15, 2013 at 13:10

    Wow that’s an interesting video! I for one, like to dress up (in modest costumes!) with my husband and little sister and go trick or treating in my neighborhood. This year we are dressing up our son in a baby lamb costume! ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Project Inspired

      Posted by Godsmasterpiece on October 18, 2013 at 23:33

      nicole what does darkness have anything to do with Light??! It has nothing to do with Jesus. If he would have wanted us to celebrate it he would have told us so in the bible.

      • applebypie123

        Posted by applebypie123 on October 19, 2013 at 15:10

        God did not specifically tell us that it was okay to celebrate birthdays, Thanksgiving, July 4th or even Christmas and Easter either though!

    • worship

      Posted by worship on October 15, 2013 at 15:50

      That is so adorable! I am happy for you and your family. This year my family will be dressed all retro. ๐Ÿ™‚ Have a happy Halloween, Nicole!

  27. awksjesusfreak

    Posted by awksjesusfreak on October 15, 2013 at 12:47

    I’m with almost everyone. I strongly disagree with any idea of Halloween and still think it is pagan. I’m also not Catholic…soo I just don’t think that applies to me.

  28. applebypie123

    Posted by applebypie123 on October 15, 2013 at 12:41

    Dang, I feel bad for everyone here who has been so Halloween deprived! I love Halloween! My sister has a Halloween little “party” for me and my brother, (we are fifteen and nineteen lol), her husbands nieces and nephews (one of whom is my bff;) and her neighbours! It is so fun and so cute! We carve pumpkins and eat junk food. And even though I am way too old, I went trick or treating last year and I was Minnie Mouse! It was a blast! I hope I can find a little kid to go trick or treating with this year haha, cause I wanna be Cruella Deville! XD

    • NerdyChick334

      Posted by NerdyChick334 on October 17, 2013 at 18:15

      You were Minnie Mouse too? ๐Ÿ˜€

      • applebypie123

        Posted by applebypie123 on October 19, 2013 at 15:00

        Ah! Yes!!! Hahaha you too? what a coincidence! My minnie mouse ears from Disney finally got to see the light outside of Disney World;)

  29. dancestars

    Posted by dancestars on October 15, 2013 at 11:53

    wow I dint even know that. that’s kind of cool.

  30. Project Inspired

    Posted by MissMajorHot on October 15, 2013 at 11:23

    I still think it’s pagan. How can you baptize anything pagan? And if that be the case, then why don’t we go to church this day? All most people do on this day is party and do lots of dark things. I’m still going to steer clear of Halloween. I can “hallow’ God on a less pagan day and environment. Also I’m not Catholic, so I don’t feel like this applies to me. But if you guys want to celebrate, you can have fun at a fall harvest.

  31. lotr1997

    Posted by lotr1997 on October 15, 2013 at 11:02

    I am with Goatwrangler on this one, and I will add to what she said. Not only does trick or treating come from a pagan tradition, but it also has children dressing up as gruesome things. I don’t mean 10 and up either. I have seen little 5 year old kids dressed as the devil, witches, zombies, and other very unholy things. And Halloween is also one of the biggest nights of the year for Satanists and many Wiccans. So I don’t think we should promote it at all. I love taking my siblings to Fall Festivals where they have what they call the candy line, and a wholesome, Christian atmosphere.

  32. goatwrangler

    Posted by goatwrangler on October 15, 2013 at 10:46

    I don’t celebrate it. I don’t think Christians should. While I understand that a little bit, replacing a bad holiday with a slightly more wholesome one, I don’t agree with it. It’s like replacing a pure dog poop brownie with one with only a little chunk of dog poop. It doesn’t taste like poop any more, but it still has it in there.
    Halloween DOES have little hints of the pagan holiday in it. Trick-or-treating is based off the pagan idea that on that night dead people and demons would come back and go to houses and demand to be fed. If they weren’t, they would “curse” the family and something bad would happen.
    And Christmas and Easter are different. They’re actual Christian holidays, celebrating real events, unlike Halloween. And putting a completely wholesome Christian holiday in the place of a bad one is different than trying to dilute a bad holiday.
    And don’t scream bigot at me. I don’t “hate” anyone for celebrating Halloween. A lot of my friends celebrate Halloween.

  33. Sydney_Andrews

    Posted by Sydney_Andrews on October 15, 2013 at 09:11

    I don’t celebrate it, but I do like to dress up and get candy. My friend and I are going to be cats this year… black leggings and long sleeved shirts, and these cute kitty masks. ๐Ÿ™‚