What does the Bible say about Halloween? Growing up, I was a big fan of Harry Potter, Charmed, Twitches, and any other movie or series where magic was the central theme.
It was rather fascinating to see spells being cast and being able to experience a virtual reality that wasn’t a norm in everyday life.
I was always of the impression that it was just a movie and totally harmless. I knew what was reality and there was truly no harm in being entertained.
Time and again, I have proved this wrong. The things you expose yourself to, will eventually alter your point of view and ultimately your behavior.
But, surely there could be nothing wrong with:
Dressing up in a cute costumes and doing trick or treat, right?
Checking out a local haunted house?
Bringing out the Netflix and watching scary movies with friends?
Its all harmless fun right?
In this article, I hope to dive into, the truth about Halloween, What does the Bible say about Halloween, Why I don’t celebrate Halloween and give you some ideas on making it through Halloween as a Christian.
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The Truth About Halloween
Time and time again, we see the church comprising its values in an effort to gain acceptance into the culture of the day. Halloween is not much different.
According to the history channel, Halloween originated with, “the ancient Celtic festival of Samhain. People would light bonfires and wear costumes to ward off ghosts. In the eighth century, Pope Gregory III designated November 1 as a time to honor all saints; soon, All Saints Day incorporated some of the traditions of Samhain. The evening before was known as All Hallows Eve, and later Halloween. Over time, Halloween evolved into a day of activities like trick-or-treating, carving jack-o-lanterns, festive gatherings, donning costumes and eating sweet treats.”
Sounds pretty mild right? I would encourage you to watch this 45 minute documentary produced by the History Channel that dives into the origins of Halloween. What you will uncover, just might surprise you.
Source: History Channel
Why I Don’t Celebrate Halloween
If you watched the video above on the History of Halloween produced by the History channel, it would have re-confirmed that Halloween is essentially the celebration of the dead. The Bible in several instances speaks out against witchcraft and the state of the dead which is why personally I choose not to celebrate Halloween.
What Does The Bible Say About Halloween?
The Bible has a lot to say about the state of the dead, witchcraft, casting spells etc. Its important that as Christians we don’t just accept the practices of the day but turn to the word of God to see what the Bible has to say about the topic. With that being said, here are some Bible verses about the topic of Halloween.
Bible Verses About Halloween
These Bible verses about Halloween have all been taken from the New Living Translation.
“When you enter the land the Lord your God is giving you, be very careful not to imitate the detestable customs of the nations living there. For example, never sacrifice your son or daughter as a burnt offering. And do not let your people practice fortune-telling, or use sorcery, or interpret omens, or engage in witchcraft, or cast spells, or function as mediums or psychics, or call forth the spirits of the dead. Anyone who does these things is detestable to the Lord. It is because the other nations have done these detestable things that the Lord your God will drive them out ahead of you. But you must be blameless before the Lord your God. The nations you are about to displace consult sorcerers and fortune-tellers, but the Lord your God forbids you to do such things.” Deuteronomy 18:9-14
“When you follow the desires of your sinful nature, the results are very clear: sexual immorality, impurity, lustful pleasures, idolatry, sorcery, hostility, quarreling, jealousy, outbursts of anger, selfish ambition, dissension, division, envy, drunkenness, wild parties, and other sins like these. Let me tell you again, as I have before, that anyone living that sort of life will not inherit the Kingdom of God.” Galatians 5:19-21
“Manasseh also sacrificed his own sons in the fire in the valley of Ben-Hinnom. He practiced sorcery, divination, and witchcraft, and he consulted with mediums and psychics. He did much that was evil in the Lord’s sight, arousing his anger.” 2 Chronicles 33:6
“Stay away from every kind of evil.” 1 Thessalonians 5:22
” I will put an end to all witchcraft, and there will be no more fortune-tellers.” Micah 5:12
“ They even sacrificed their own sons and daughters in the fire. They consulted fortune-tellers and practiced sorcery and sold themselves to evil, arousing the Lord’s anger.” 2 Kings 17:17
” For we are not fighting against flesh-and-blood enemies, but against evil rulers and authorities of the unseen world, against mighty powers in this dark world, and against evil spirits in the heavenly places.” Ephesians 6:12
“Everything is pure to those whose hearts are pure. But nothing is pure to those who are corrupt and unbelieving, because their minds and consciences are corrupted.” Titus 1:15
“The living at least know they will die, but the dead know nothing. They have no further reward, nor are they remembered. Ecclesiastes 9:5
” The dead cannot sing praises to the Lord, for they have gone into the silence of the grave.” Psalms 115:17
No To Halloween: Alternatives To Consider
Halloween is one of those times a year when you will likely see your neighbors and their kids out and about. Why not use it as an opportunity to share what you believe about this popular cultural practice instead of hiding in the confines of your home? Here are two ideas that you can do right from the comfort of your home.
Halloween Bible Stories
Instead of costume parties and haunted house events, why not invite your neighbors and kids over for refreshments, family games and an age appropriate Bible study where you share a story from the Bible combating some of the ideas associated with Halloween.
Quick Tip: Just Google Halloween Bible Stories and you will find lots of topical Bible Stories you could use if you need some help. There is even a book called Bizarre Halloween Bible Stories. This book supposedly includes wild, wacky, and weird stories you’d be surprised to find in the Bible to help your kids learn about God’s power, that every good gift comes from God, and how to accept who we are. Be sure to critique these resources beforehand to ensure they align with the word of God and you aren’t doing anything that promotes spiritualism as fun.
Healthy Treats / Tracts
Instead of the ghost themed candies, you could hand out healthy treats with an invite to an upcoming series being held by your church.
In collaboration with your church, you could also develop bookmarks which directs the reader to a website where they can learn more about topical issues such as:
What happens when you die?
Are ghost real?
Can the dead come back and visit you?
The key here is to create bookmarks that sparks enough interest that will direct the reader to want to learn more by visiting your church’s website. Once on your website, they can view videos and blog content that deals with what the Bible says about these various frequently asked questions as it relates to death.
What Does The Bible Say About Halloween
The Bible speaks out about the state of the dead, sorcery and witchcraft. For those Christians that choose to celebrate Halloween instead of condemning them, yes being christian is hard , pray for them that they might see the light on what does the Bible say about Halloween. I would love to hear from you, what does your family do when Halloween rolls around?
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