This post is not intended in any way to be a criticism or condemnation to anyone who disagrees with the content. Many have asked why I choose not to celebrate Halloween. This post is the answer to that question.
Full of enjoyment and pleasure
The last night of the year in the old Celtic calendar, where it was Old Year’s Night, a night for witches… a night for death.
October… simultaneously my most and least favorite month on the calendar. I look forward to the change of season. The beautiful colors in God’s creation are nothing short of breathtaking this time of year. I’m also a big fan of pumpkin spice anything! October ushers in a host of goodness. As a Christian mom, October also means gearing up for my annual fight against Halloween.
My kids are old enough now to understand why we don’t celebrate Halloween. But it wasn’t always that way. It’s quite a task to reason with a child who sees the fun of dress up and free candy. But somehow we managed. Despite our neighbors, schools, family, and even some churches celebrating, we managed.
The earliest Halloween celebrations were held by the Druids in honor of Samhain, lord of the dead. This is the day that the pagans believed to be the most magical and spiritual day of the year. To scare off the evil spirits that Samhain was assembling, the Celts would wear masks. It was a day of dedication and sacrifice, (animal and human), to their god of death.
“…do not learn to imitate the detestable ways of the nations there. Let no one be found among you who sacrifices his son or daughter in the fire, who practices divination or sorcery, interprets omens, engages in witchcraft, or casts spells, or who is a medium or spiritist or who consults the dead.” Deuteronomy 18:9-11
“…the sacrifices of pagans are offered to demons, not to God, and I do not want you to be participants with demons.” 1 Corinthians 10:20
Today, Halloween is considered to be the highest day of worship and sacrifice in the satanic church. Are you thinking “happy” Halloween yet? The argument could be made that normal, regular people don’t celebrate like that. I said the same thing for years until I took a deeper look into the “harmless” ways we, as normal functioning members of society, celebrate this holiday.
“Do not be yoked together with unbelievers. For what do righteousness and wickedness have in common? Or what fellowship can light have with darkness?”
2 Corinthians 6:14
Look around. As Halloween gets closer, you’ll see homes, department stores, public schools, many local businesses, and practically every channel on TV dressing up for Halloween. Everywhere you look you’ll find witches, ghosts, goblins, demonic figures, cartoon images of Satan, jack o lanterns, ghouls, etc., all in the name of good holiday fun.
“Woe to those who call evil good and good evil, who put darkness for light and light for darkness…” Isaiah 5:20
We have called what is evil “good.” We know that there is nothing “happy” about Halloween. Yet, commercially speaking, Halloween is second only to Christmas. According to sales statistics alone, we’ve clearly made the darkness our light.
“Avoid every kind of evil.” 1 Thessalonians 5:22
God doesn’t tell us to avoid every kind of evil except the kind that seems fun or harmless to us. Evil is evil, no matter what commercial package it comes in. I once heard a friend say that you can slap some lipstick on a pig, but that doesn’t change what it is.
“For you were once darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. Live as children of light (for the fruit of the light consists in all goodness, righteousness and truth) and find out what pleases the Lord. Have nothing to do with the fruitless deeds of darkness, but rather expose them.” Ephesians 5:8-11
There is nothing good and righteous about witches, demons, ghosts, etc. Hold those symbols in God’s light. What do you see? This view of our world through “God-goggles” is the standard that we, as Christians, are called to adhere to.
“You cannot drink the cup of the Lord and the cup of demons too; you cannot have a part in both the Lord’s table and the table of demons.”
1 Corinthians 10:21
I praise God for pumpkin pie, falling leaves, hay rides, chilly air, and anything else He has given us with the glorious autumn season. However, I believe God’s made one thing perfectly clear to me…Halloween was never part of that gift.
“But if serving the LORD seems undesirable to you, then choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve… But as for me and my household, we will serve the LORD.” Joshua 24:15