Halloween – A Christian Holiday…?

Halloween. All Hallows’ Evening. Allhallows. No matter what name you call it, it’s the night where many dress up in fun costumes, trick or treat, and get a sugar-high. But there is more to it than that.

It seems so innocent at first, especially if you aren’t really wearing a dark costume. But what is it that we are celebrating exactly? It begins the three-day observance of Allhallowtide, the time in the liturgical year dedicated to remembering the dead, including saints (hallows), martyrs, and all the faithful departed.

Well, that sounds innocent enough. What’s wrong with remembering the dead? But then…

  • Jack-o’-lanterns are traditionally carried by guisers on All Hallows’ Eve in order to frighten evil spirits.
    • Mark 6:7: And he called unto him the twelve, and began to send them forth by two and two; and gave them power over unclean spirits… if Christ gave us power over evil spirits, then why are we trying to scare them with carved pumpkins?
  • Imagery of the skull, a reference to Golgotha, in the Christian tradition, serves as “a reminder of death and the transitory quality of human life”…
    • John 3:16: For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. Why do we want to be reminded of the untrue fact that we are temporary when Jesus died so that we could have everlasting life?
  • Halloween imagery includes themes of death, evil, and mythical monsters. Homes are often decorated with these types of symbols around Halloween.
    • John 8:51: Verily, verily, I say unto you, “If a man keep my saying, he shall never see death.” Why do we celebrate and have themes of death if Jesus defeated it on the cross?
  • Trick-or-treating is a customary celebration for children on Halloween. Children go in costume from house to house, asking for treats such as candy or sometimes money, with the question, “Trick or treat?” The word “trick” refers to “threat” to perform mischief on the homeowners or their property if no treat is given.
    • Proverbs 6:16 & 18: These six things doth the LORD hate: yea, seven are an abomination unto him […] a heart that deviseth wicked imaginations, feet that be swift in running to mischief… ‘nuff said.
  • Halloween costumes are traditionally modeled after supernatural figures such as vampires, monsters, ghosts, skeletons, witches, and devils.
    • Leviticus 19:31: Regard not them that have familiar spirits, neither seek after wizards, to be defiled by them: I am the LORD your God. And from the New Testament: Abstain from all appearance of evil. (1st Thessalonians 5:22) If God doesn’t like for His people to associate with witchcraft or darkness, then why is it okay to dress up as witches and warlocks and wizards?

Uh… exactly how is this a Christian holiday anymore? o_O It seems that over the years, something has changed; Halloween is not All Saints’ Day any longer.

Deuteronomy 18:10 – 12: There shall not be found among you any one that makes his son or his daughter to pass through the fire, or that uses divination, or an observer of times, or an enchanter, or a witch, or a charmer, or a consulter with familiar spirits, or a wizard, or a necromancer. For all that do these things are an abomination unto the LORD: and because of these abominations the LORD thy God does drive them out from before thee.

If you are like me, you read this and think that most people don’t really do that anymore and that this was written for people long ago who practiced such things. But then I realized something.

**prepares to have rotten fruit thrown at me**

How many of us absolutely LOVED Harry Potter when growing up, or even as adults? That whole book series and movie franchise is about witches, warlocks, wizards and spell casting. Sure, we can use the argument that we are just watching the movie where it is being portrayed and that we aren’t really doing any of it.

For me personally, I loved Heroes Might and Magic IV. In it, the players can play as Might, Order, Chaos, Nature (my personal favorite), Life, and Death. With Death Magic, one can cast spells like “Raise Skeletons” (which brings up skeletons out of the fallen creatures on the battlefield), “Raise The Dead” (brings the fallen creatures back to life), and more. The players play as either a Death Knight or a Necromancer, which has the ability to raise the dead after every battle.

I always justified playing it with, “Well, I’m not really casting spells or raising the dead, it’s all a game.” But now, I can’t play the game aligned with Death without feeling like I am doing something that I shouldn’t be doing: If God hates it so much, then why am I playing this game that has this stuff in it? Same with the movies. I can’t watch it with a clear conscious anymore.

And I can’t celebrate Halloween, or at least, the Halloween of today, with a clear conscious either. (Which is extra hard because my birthday is the day before Halloween and I used to celebrate them together. I was The Wicked Witch for many years running too. XD) But I feel that it was wrong for me to do so, therefore, for my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, I sacrificed the darkness so I could see by His Light.

This article a friend of mine shared with me heavily inspired this post: Dabbling in Darkness

Because this is already so long as it is, I’m going to post part two, “Sacrificing The Darkness” at a later time. 🙂

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14 thoughts on “Halloween – A Christian Holiday…?

  1. Howdy! Thank you, Still Waters, for standing with Jesus in the light 😀 I spent so many years – even as a Christian – still dabbling in worldly wisdom. And in my imperfection, He knows I still do, in ways I’m not yet aware of. But what a release it is to name the Source and live by His values. Thanks for your candor and humor and delightful posts!

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  2. Interesting post! I wonder, what are your thoughts about many of the “pagan” origins of many Christmas and Easter practices and symbols (Christmas trees, eggs, rabbits, etc.)? Christianity has been co-opting the symbols, dates, and practices of native religions and integrating them into Christianity for as long as it has been around; you can’t find a single part of the major Christian holidays that aren’t in some way influenced by pre-Christian religious traditions. Is it fair to say that we throw out all things that may have come from an originally non-Christian source (like the Christmas tree), or could you argue that because those things no longer represent what they once did, we can celebrate with them as Christians without concern? And if that is the case, then can’t Halloween be celebrated the same way, acknowledging the non-Christian roots of the traditions without engaging with them on a religious level? Like I said, interesting post, thanks for putting your thoughts out there!

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    • You bring up really good points. 🙂

      With Easter (I will probably make a thorough post about it next Easter), I don’t like the eggs and bunnies. To me, Easter egg hunts teaches children that it’s a holiday where they get to search for candy and toys; it doesn’t teach about what Easter is all about, the resurrection of Jesus Christ. And what does the bunny even stand for? (I sense some research in my near future…) I’d much prefer crosses and lambs.

      I hadn’t considered the Christmas Tree before; I had to research that one. (And mistletoe, wreaths and where “Yuletide” originates?! Haha, I’ll never look at these the same way again. XD I may have to make a post about Christmas in December.) That was very interesting!

      Most of the time, the symbols are fine with me, because it somehow honors God in some way now, even if it had pagan roots. With Halloween, it seems to go against the Bible, so I have a problem with that. I don’t see how carving pumpkins and dressing up as witches and such honors God. 🙂

      However, I just read about All Saints Day, to compare it with modern-day Halloween. If Wikipedia is reliable in its articles, then All Saints Day doesn’t sound bad; it’s Halloween that seems to be dark.

      Thanks for your comment, you really made me think about this more in-depth! 😀

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      • I can understand the logic there; it sounds like, for you, the real difference is whether something honors God versus whether it doesn’t, which totally makes sense. I had Halloween explained to me this way once as a child and it really influenced the way I thought about it:

        Halloween is a day where we get to laugh at the Devil, because we are saved and there isn’t anything evil can do to touch us when we are covered in the grace and love of Christ. So we dress up in scary costumes, we carve pumpkins, we watch scary movies, and we have FUN doing it because we have nothing to fear, nothing to be afraid of, because we are in the palm of the Creator and God will not allow one hair on our head to be harmed by Satan. Rather than honoring or taking part in anything evil, we are honoring God by taking part in what is more or less a jester’s court; laughing at the Devil and reveling in the supremacy of Christ our Lord. Maybe that will strike a chord with you, I don’t know, but just something I was taught as a kid that I’ve always thought about when I get ready to partake in the holiday. 🙂

        And yes, I love All Saints’ Day! It’s one of my favorite days of the year, to be honest. I love arranging an altar of flowers, candles, trinkets, and photographs, and remembering the family and friends who I have loved and lost who are now with God, celebrating Him eternally, a part of the chorus of saints and angels. It is a beautiful act, to me, to take a day to decorate a memorial and remember that there is no sting in death; victory is in the Lord and He has saved us all, and so we do not have to cry tears of sadness for the people we love who have moved on; we can remember them with joy and know that they are in eternal light now.

        Thanks for this thoughtful conversation about holiday origins! I’ve really been enjoying it.

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