Does Your Family Celebrate Halloween? Things to Consider When Making the Decision

    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?

    Jenn Arman
    Jenn Arman is a youth pastor, freelance writer and blogger. She was born in San Diego, California and raised 2 hours north east in the Inland Empire where she lives with her husband David and their cats. Jenn desires to bring glory to God and a healthy dose of reality to Christians through both writing and preaching. Visit for more on her work. You can also connect with her on and


    1. 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 😀

    2. 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.

    3. 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.

    4. 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!!

    5. 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.

    6. 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.

    7. 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.

      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:))

    9. 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.

    10. 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? 🙂

    11. 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.

    12. I started learning about the Christianity and halloween conflict in the fall of 2017, I was very conflicted, but decided to celebrate anyways. I have decided not to celebrate halloween anymore though. Halloween was fine, but I saw a youtube video a few months later that completely changed my mind. It was by Girl Defined. They talked about how halloween today is a free for all and how it celebrates and glorifies death and torture and they were so right. If you are on the fence about celebrating halloween I really recommend watching it because it certainly helped my a lot. So no. Also most of my Church celebrates halloween so no to the second question as well.

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