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Is Halloween Safe for Christians to Celebrate?

Halloween is my favorite holiday! I love passing out candy and seeing everyone dressed up in costumes. I love Halloween movies (not the horror movies, but the fun ones like It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown and Hocus Pocus). I’m a grown adult and still dress up for Halloween—this year I’m going to be Alice from Alice in Wonderland.

So how did Halloween start and is Halloween safe for Christians to celebrate?

What we know as Halloween has similarities to a couple of traditions. The oldest tradition celebrated similarly to Halloween was an ancient Celtic tradition called Samhain. Samhain was a pagan celebration that honored the pagan gods of harvest and death. The ancient Celts celebrated with bonfires, feasting and dancing. This celebration took place at harvest time.

The second tradition that Halloween takes its roots from is a Catholic holiday called All Saints Day, held on November 1. The night before All Saints Day, October 31, is called All Hallows Eve, which evolved into Halloween. All Hallows Eve and All Saints Day were contemplative rather than celebratory. Catholics used this time to remember the saints and to meditate on physical death and eternal life.

Nowadays, Halloween is mostly for dressing up, trick-or-treating and harvest celebrations like hayrides and festivals. My church holds a harvest celebration every year. We dress up, pass out candy and have carnival booths for games; it’s a fun and safe way for families to celebrate Halloween together and get to know people in the church.

I grew up in a family that embraced the fun side of Halloween (my dad still buys funny skeletons that sing and dance) and he loves handing out candy. Because of its similarities to ancient pagan celebrations, however, many people believe that celebrating Halloween is wrong for Christians. My advice is to ask your parents what they think.

Some people have never heard that Halloween evolved from a Catholic holiday, so they assume that Halloween is all about black magic and evil. Try educating people. If they don’t want to listen, then that’s their right. Some people use Halloween as an excuse to experiment with things like Ouija boards, tarot cards and other demonic things. Don’t be drawn in to those! I can assure you from experience that the powers behind those things are as real as you or me and they are dangerous in many ways.

Before you celebrate Halloween, do a heart check: Why do you celebrate Halloween? I do it because I enjoy dressing up, seeing kids dress up and like any excuse to give little kids lots of candy.

Please keep in mind that the Bible tells us not to be a stumbling block to other believers; if you do celebrate Halloween, please be safe.

 

Be careful, however, that the exercise of your rights does not become a stumbling block to the weak. (1 Corinthians 8:9)

 

Do you celebrate Halloween? Does your church have a Halloween or harvest celebration?

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  1. Thescriptureway

    Posted by Thescriptureway on January 21, 2016 at 13:32

    Scripture says we cannot drink from the cup of God/lord and the cup of demons at the same time. So no.

  2. Project Inspired

    Posted by Skipp20 on October 17, 2015 at 22:04

    I didn’t go trick-or-treating as a kid, but I always loved getting candy from grandparents and friends, and watching The Great Pumpkin. Now that I’m older I’ve been trick or treating for the heck of it, gone to Halloween parties, watched scary movies, and visited haunted houses. Guess what? I didn’t worship Satan, I wasn’t preyed upon by demons, and my relationship with God has remained intact.

    I believe demons are real and we should not involve ourselves with that world. But Halloween traditions are just fun, man-made entertainment. Those haunted houses, scary movies? They’re fake. If we Christians can’t handle them, how are we supposed to deal with the real spiritual warfare going on around us every day?

    And Halloween is no worse than Christmas or Easter. All of these holidays are just Bible stories combined with pagan traditions. Please, don’t waste your time worrying about the eternal significance of celebrating holidays, because there are much more important issues we face as Christians, like helping the poor, spreading the Gospel, and showing love to others. As long as you’re not worshipping the devil, God doesn’t care if you celebrate holidays or not.

  3. SePrincesa

    Posted by SePrincesa on October 17, 2015 at 18:26

    I think it’s okay, as long as you’re not trying to summon demons/Satan.
    I think it’s good for churches to hold Halloween parties/events, gives kids a safer way to celebrate the holiday. Plus, if a kid were to come trick-or-treating to your house, what better way to greet them than with a lollipop, a smile, and telling them that Jesus loves them? 🙂

  4. YellowBanana

    Posted by YellowBanana on October 17, 2015 at 06:14

    No, just no. You can’t take the few acceptable parts of an evil celebration just because it’s fun to dress up and eat candy. I like candy and dressing up as much as anyone else, but doing it for this purpose is going with the flow and WRONG. There is so much bad that is celebrated on this day , from decorations to actions, that I do not understand why anyone would want to participate in any way.

  5. Project Inspired

    Posted by Laura0330 on October 14, 2015 at 11:34

    https://www.facebook.com/AskDrBrown/photos/a.190367064322237.55437.109430102415934/1263577420334524/?type=3&fref=nf
    Hi!:) I would liketo share this post with you guys.I’m from Europe, so maybe you can say I’m “less” liberal, but it is not from my perspertive, it is indeed from the Bible, and God’s Word is eternal. For a lot of things we can say that it depends on how we use it/mean it, but think about it…If you steal from someone to give it to someone else…It’s still stealing. Maybe your intention was not taking away but giving. But, you still tokk it away. If you’d really wanted to give, you could’ve just gave from your own. So, if you dress up on Halloween, even if it’s not your intention…your still going with the flow, and you give in the temptation, because it might be fun. But these traditions like Halloween, or All Saints Day, catholic traditions…they all have the same spirit behind them.They are not to play with. I recommend Dr. Brown work to you, they are really biblical, and also true. I hope you guys will enjoy that day as much as any day of the year, and going to spend it in the presence of God. I know I will 😉 Have a good weekend:))

    • Project Inspired

      Posted by Laura0330 on October 14, 2015 at 11:35

      Also, I think you shouldn’t be afraid on that day, for God is with yu, all the time 😉

  6. 1113mariah

    Posted by 1113mariah on October 14, 2015 at 07:42

    I don’t personally celebrate Halloween very much, usually I just have a movie night with some friends. When I was little I did go trick-or-treating and that was a blast! I loved looking forward to picking out a fun new costume every year, running around town with my friends, and at the end of the night, inhaling all my candy. I agree with this article fully; just because some people see it as an evil holiday doesn’t mean that it has to ruin it for the rest of us. Halloween can be an enjoyable Christian holiday if you have the right mindset.

  7. Concealedfoundation101

    Posted by Concealedfoundation101 on October 13, 2015 at 14:20

    I’m not against Halloween in the candy and dress up area. It’s the creepy things that people do that I don’t like. Honestly, where I live, it looks like a witch cult because the “town” puts up things like creepy skeletons (not the funny kind) and fake body’s and heads on sticks.

  8. EmilyRW

    Posted by EmilyRW on October 12, 2015 at 09:11

    I agree with goatluverr. It depends on how you use it. I usually just dress up (I’m 16 and I still do! LOL) and help with my church Halloween activities and eat candy. If you don’t do anything that focuses on Satan and other dark stuff, I think it’s fine.

  9. goatluverr

    Posted by goatluverr on October 11, 2015 at 19:02

    I dont think halloween is bad. It just depends on how you use it. If you use it to worship the devil than NO WAY!! But if you use it to try and spread the gospel and have an excuse to eat a lot of candy, by all means dress up with friends and have fun!!

  10. Scarlet Sword

    Posted by Scarlet Sword on October 15, 2014 at 08:21

    For most of my life, My parents didn’t let me or my siblings celebrate Halloween. For us, it meant hiding in a dark house or in the basement for a couple hours that night. A couple years ago, my friend asked me to go with her and my parents allowed me. I loved getting to dress up and get candy. That’s all I see it as. A fun event where kids dress up in cute little costumes, get candy and have fun. I still like to dress up and hand out candy myself.
    My church does a trunk or treat thing that I helped out with last year. It was fun and I liked. I’m hoping to do it again.

  11. faulty-but-real

    Posted by faulty-but-real on November 18, 2012 at 16:30

    i’m not allowed to go trick or treating

  12. Project Inspired

    Posted by mc1207 on October 31, 2012 at 18:35

    No. and no.

  13. Soccerchick123

    Posted by Soccerchick123 on October 23, 2012 at 15:54

    I kinda like Halloween because it gives me a reason to design and wear a costume that I made 😀 I also like getting all that candy 🙂 But my daddy thought it was too much of pagan worship and so we stopped. And I totally don’t complain about it because I respect his decision, but I did miss the candy…lol.

  14. Project Inspired

    Posted by Dancer619 on October 6, 2012 at 06:18

    I don’t really see anything wrong with it except what you said that people ma y use it as an excuse for demonic thing BUT you do get to dress up and get candy O.o My youth group has a costume party every year! The game is fun because we split up into like three groups and we have to make up a skit. But the fun part is that we play the character we dressed up as 😀

    • Scarlet Sword

      Posted by Scarlet Sword on October 15, 2014 at 08:22

      That sounds like so much fun. I wish my youth group did that. I might suggest that to my youth pastor. =)

  15. Project Inspired

    Posted by Journalistlove on October 5, 2012 at 17:47

    I do not celebrate Halloween. I don’t really believe in it. My church has Bible Believers Bash.