Halloween is just right around the corner.
It’s that time of the year when people decorate their homes and stores with pumpkins, spider webs, dead bodies, tombstones, and other ghoulish things.
As Christians striving to be part of God’s kingdom, we need to ask: “Is it okay for Christians to celebrate Halloween?” The answer to this question helps us understand the will of God for our lives. It’s a serious matter that we must consider if we are going to please our heavenly Father.
Let me share with you the 10 reasons why we shouldn’t celebrate Halloween. I hope you will keep an open mind and pray to God to help you understand His truths.
1. Halloween originated in paganism
There’s no denying it. It’s an established fact. Halloween originated in paganism. Any respectable secular encyclopedia or history book will reveal the dark and evil roots of Halloween. Let me just quote one of them from the History Channel:
Halloween’s origins date back to the ancient Celtic festival of Samhain (pronounced sow-in). The Celts, who lived 2,000 years ago in the area that is now Ireland, the United Kingdom and northern France, celebrated their new year on November 1.
This day marked the end of summer and the harvest and the beginning of the dark, cold winter, a time of year that was often associated with human death. Celts believed that on the night before the new year, the boundary between the worlds of the living and the dead became blurred. On the night of October 31 they celebrated Samhain, when it was believed that the ghosts of the dead returned to earth.
In addition to causing trouble and damaging crops, Celts thought that the presence of the otherworldly spirits made it easier for the Druids, or Celtic priests, to make predictions about the future. For a people entirely dependent on the volatile natural world, these prophecies were an important source of comfort and direction during the long, dark winter.
To commemorate the event, Druids built huge sacred bonfires, where the people gathered to burn crops and animals as sacrifices to the Celtic deities. During the celebration, THE CELTS WORE COSTUMES, typically consisting of animal heads and skins, and attempted to tell each other’s fortunes.
The Bible clearly instructs us to never have any part in occult practices:
When the Lord your God cuts off from before you the nations which you go to dispossess, and you displace them and dwell in their land, take heed to yourself that you are not ensnared to follow them, after they are destroyed from before you, and that you do not inquire after their gods, saying, ‘How did these nations serve their gods? I also will do likewise.’ YOU SHALL NOT WORSHIP THE LORD YOUR GOD IN THAT WAY; for every abomination to the Lord which He hates they have done to their gods; for they burn even their sons and daughters in the fire to their gods.
Whatever I command you, be careful to observe it; you shall not add to it nor take away from it.
Syncretism — the merging of Christianity and paganism — is absolutely unacceptable to our heavenly Father. We must never use pagan practices in worshipping God.
2. Halloween glorifies Satan
Look around you. Does Halloween really glorify God — or Satan? If you’ll be honest with yourself, the answer is obvious.
Halloween is a holiday dedicated to Satan. The holiday is accompanied with fear promoted by horror movies, grotesque costumes, and evil witchcraft.
We read in the Bible that we can’t be worshipping God, and at the same time, worshipping the Devil as well.
Rather, that the things which the Gentiles sacrifice they sacrifice to demons and not to God, and I do not want you to have fellowship with demons. YOU CANNOT DRINK THE CUP OF THE LORD AND THE CUP OF DEMONS; YOU CANNOT PARTAKE OF THE LORD’S TABLE AND OF THE TABLE OF DEMONS. Or do we provoke the Lord to jealousy? Are we stronger than He?
~1 Corinthians 10:20-22
3. Halloween gives Satan a foothold
Halloween gives Satan an open door to our minds and hearts. Every time we celebrate Halloween, we invite Satan into our lives. In the Bible, we also read:
Be angry, and do not sin: do not let the sun go down on your wrath, nor give place to the devil.
All the elements and aspects associated with Halloween is of the Devil. We can’t let Satan influence us by innocently celebrating a “harmless” holiday. That’s the same lie that Satan wants us to believe.
Satan is devilishly crafty. He can take advantage of even the slightest weakness that we have. When we give in just a little bit, Satan will continually bombard us with his evil schemes to the point that we give in.
Halloween is such a powerful tool used by Satan to promote his ideas and influence.
DON’T BE DECEIVED. Halloween will never bring you closer to God. Instead, it brings you closer to Satan.
4. There’s no such thing as an immortal soul
Most Christian denominations today try to “Christianize” Halloween by calling it “All Saints Day.” You can change the collar of a dog, but it will still be the same dog. In the same manner, people may change the name of Halloween to All Saints Day, but it is still the same pagan celebration.
Now, a little bit of history about All Saints’ Day. The Roman Catholics dedicated a specific day to every saint. However, there came a time when there were more saints than the days of the year. Thus, they decided to create a day where they can lump all other saints in one day, and that’s how we got the All Saints’ Day.
There’s one BIG problem with this celebration: Humans don’t have an immortal soul. All Saints’ Day promotes the idea that after a person dies, his or her “soul” continues to live on either in heaven, hell, or even on earth.
We read that there’s no such thing as an immortal soul in the Bible. In fact, you can never find the phrase “immortal soul” from Genesis to Revelation. On the contrary, we read the following:
Behold, all souls are Mine; The soul of the father As well as the soul of the son is Mine; The soul who sins shall die.
The soul who sins shall die. The son shall not bear the guilt of the father, nor the father bear the guilt of the son. The righteousness of the righteous shall be upon himself, and the wickedness of the wicked shall be upon himself.
For the living know that they shall die: BUT THE DEAD KNOW NOT ANYTHING, neither have they any more a reward; for the memory of them is forgotten.
And fear not them which kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul: but rather fear him which is able to destroy both soul and body in hell.
All these verses (and others not mentioned) prove that there’s no such thing as an immortal soul. Instead, when a person dies, he is in a sleep-like state where he or she waits for the resurrection of the dead.
5. We are to be lights to the world
Every Christian must be a light of the world. Yahshua (Jesus Christ) told us:
YOU ARE THE LIGHT OF THE WORLD. A city that is set on a hill cannot be hidden. Nor do they light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a lampstand, and it gives light to all who are in the house. Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven.
Halloween features darkness, violence, witchcraft, and death.
As we grow closer to God, we must also move farther away from anything that has something to do with the dark side. God abhors Satan and the darkness he has cast upon this world. Thus, we must take the extra effort to overcome the evil influences of Satan, and that includes Halloween.
Can we confidently say that we are becoming a light to the world when we put on a satanic costume? When we watch a horror movie or go to a Halloween party, are we glorifying God or glorifying Satan?
You decide which side you will be standing on. It’s either you are a light of the world or a partaker of darkness. There’s no middle ground.
6. We are to be separate from the world
Whatever is popular in the world is almost always contrary to the Bible. One of them is Halloween. We know how popular this holiday is. Well, that’s to be expected in a world whose god is Satan (2 Corinthians 4:4).
But as for us, Christians, we are called out of this world. The Apostle Paul wrote:
DO NOT BE UNEQUALLY YOKED TOGETHER WITH UNBELIEVERS. For what fellowship has righteousness with lawlessness? And what communion has light with darkness? And what accord has Christ with Belial? Or what part has a believer with an unbeliever? And what agreement has the temple of God with idols? For you are the temple of the living God. As God has said:
“I will dwell in them
And walk among them.
I will be their God,
And they shall be My people.”
“COME OUT FROM AMONG THEM
AND BE SEPARATE, SAYS THE LORD.
Do not touch what is unclean,
And I will receive you.”
“I will be a Father to you,
And you shall be My sons and daughters,
Says the Lord Almighty.”
~2 Corinthians 6:14-18
Christians are to live in the world but should NOT be part of the world. There’s a huge difference between the two. Participating in the celebration of Halloween is one way for you to become part of the world.
God called us to be HOLY — set apart for a special purpose. God can’t use us for His work if we continue to be a part of this world’s system.
7. Halloween teaches children bad behavior
Halloween is the time of the year when children are taught to scare people. It’s the time when people tolerate misconduct and unruly behavior.
I mean, when do adults think that if you don’t give children candies, they are allowed to vandalize your home? When are children taught to approach complete strangers in the dark of night?
Moreover, is it really cute to let your child dress up like Satan, vampires, ghosts, witches, zombies, or dead people? How can we teach our children to stay away from sin when we adults encourage dabbling with the dark side, too?
Obviously, try as we might, we can NEVER justify the celebration of Halloween. It does not just corrupt us but also our children and their innocent minds.
8. Halloween promotes a disease-causing substance
Scientific and modern studies have shown how refined sugar insidiously destroys our body. Sugar is greatly promoted during Halloween.
Get this: In 2011, it was reported that confectionery sales were as high as $2.3 billion! Undoubtedly, candies and sweet treats take CENTER STAGE during Halloween.
During the past few years, we have seen a dramatic increase in cases of diabetes — not just in the Western World, but also in developing countries. Studies have been made and it has been proven that consuming excessive amounts of sugar and other refined carbohydrates lead to detrimental modern illnesses.
Can a God-ordained festival cause disease and sickness? Of course NOT! Only a demonic celebration such as Halloween destroys our body.
9. Yahshua (Jesus) will never celebrate Halloween
We are called Christians because we follow our Lord and Master, Yahshua. Thus, if we are going to decide whether we will celebrate Halloween or not, we need to look to Him.
Here’s a key principle that we must all remember. (It is the same principle that our Savior taught when He was here on earth):
But the hour is coming, and now is, when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth; for the Father is seeking such to worship Him. God is Spirit, and THOSE WHO WORSHIP HIM MUST WORSHIP IN SPIRIT AND TRUTH.
So, there are two criteria that we must consider when worshipping God. Yahshua tells us to worship our Heavenly Father in SPIRIT and in TRUTH.
The questions now are:
“Does Halloween allow us to worship our Heavenly Father in a holy, God-ordained, and biblical manner?”
“Does Halloween promote truth?”
Obviously, the answers to these two questions are a resounding NO! Halloween can never allow us to worship God in spirit and in truth. Those Christians who insist and even encourage other people to celebrate Halloween find themselves at odds with our living God!
10. We are commanded to observe God’s Holy Days
If we are not to celebrate Halloween, what should we be keeping? Leviticus 23 lists all the Holy Days of God.
If we are going to worship God, wouldn’t it be rational for us to ask Him how? When confronted by the truth, are we going to act upon it or continue celebrating humanly devised holidays that are often contrary to what the Bible teaches?
Instead of celebrating Halloween, we must observe God’s Festivals: Passover, Days of Unleavened Bread, Pentecost, Feast of Trumpets, Day of Atonement, Feast of Tabernacles, and the Last Great Day.
If we genuinely want to please God, then we must observe what He commanded rather than borrow pagan, satanic, and evil celebrations.
These are just ten of the best reasons why we must not celebrate Halloween. If we are going to please God, follow His commandments, and fulfill His purpose in our lives, let’s not be a part of this world’s dark holiday. That’s not the way to go.
So make a stand. Stop celebrating Halloween. Say no to the evil influences of this world!