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    Hello! My name is Laura, welcome to my blog! I write weird stories, collect dragon plushies and stay up too late with my nose in a book. I am a wife, mom and child saved by grace. My hope is that you find encouragement here or at least a smile or too.
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Why Christians should not participate in Halloween: Part 1

It’s October.  We’re seeing costumes and creepy decorations in the stores. It’s that time of year again.

Witches, werewolves, spiders, tombstones, skeletons and ghosts, vampires, zombies, the undead, the scarier the better; what is it about day that is so attractive? Is it the candy? The costumes? Being allowed to stay out after dark? Shouldn’t we think very hard about the obvious theme of evil, death and horror before we decided to let young children participate? Shouldn’t we as Christians look at what the Bible says about such things and research for ourselves the history behind Halloween before choosing go trick-or-treating, carve ghoulish faces in pumpkins, and dress in terror themed costumes? The night of Halloween seems to be nothing but a night of costume parties, sugary goodies and fun, but how many Christian really know what this holiday is all about?

In the past, when I’ve spoken with Christians who participate in Halloween, most were surprised when I explained to them the meaning behind Jack-o-lanterns and trick-or-treating. It makse me sad how fellow Christians can overlook this holiday as mere fun for children. Even if you try and talk to some Christians about what Halloween really is, most won’t believe you and shrug it off, thinking what you are telling them to be exaggerated recollections of old traditions long dead. The origin of Halloween, plus the festivities that go on behind the scenes of this dark night might seem like mere ghosts of the past to some, but the reality of the holiday and what it truly is cannot, and must not be overlooked.

As you read this, please know that this was written from my heart. God has called me as a Christian to represent Him here on the earth and to shine the light of His truth in the darkest places. He has placed on my heart a deep desire to share this truth with you and it is by His grace alone that I write this. Even now I can feel the enemy laughing at me, mocking at my small effort to spread this truth that I feel so deeply. If you are one who disagrees with what I am about to say, please stop, pray, and ask for God to give you an open heart. This cannot be taken lightly. The presence of Halloween illustrates the hold that Satan has over this culture. But God is bigger, and it is in His name that I come before you.

Origins:

Halloween originated as the Druid holiday of Samuin (pronounced sow-in or sow-an). It meant “Summer’s End”. It was believed by the Druids that on this day the divide between the world of the living and the world of the dead was at its thinnest. Halloween night was a night when spirits, damned souls of the dead, would leak into this world or could be called up by those who sought their power. On the eve of this day, pumpkins or skulls with candles in them would be placed by front doors to show the spirits who passed by that night, that those who lived within were sympathetic to Satan. (Jack-o-lanterns are a representation of demonic faces.) These symbols would protect the residents of the house and they would receive mercy from the spirits and trick-or-treaters on their Halloween rounds.

Trick-or-treating began in ancient Celtic practices. People would leave or give food (i.e. treats) in return for blessings from spirits of the dead. If they failed to supply those treats, the demon would curse them. Hence the term, “trick or treat”. The Druids also believed that black cats were reincarnations of evil spirits and possessed great powers.

Druids worship Satan. Halloween is the holiday of Satan. The night was (and still is) a very important night to the Druid cultist. Rituals that included sacrifices to Satan, meditation to contact spirits of the dead, and demonic encounters, were done as part of the Halloween customs.

This isn’t just a history on where Halloween came from; this is still what Halloween is today. The only thing that has changed is this; it’s now covered up. The cultists who celebrate Halloween want you to think that the old ways are all in the past. They don’t sacrifice, they don’t call up spirits, and today’s Halloween celebrations are all very friendly and non-violent. Not true!  The practices of the past are the practices of today.

The Bible says:

“And be not conformed to this world: but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and the perfect will of God.” Romans 12:2

“Regard not them that have familiar spirits, [A spirit who acts as an assistant to a witch or wizard.] neither seek after wizards, to be defiled by them: I am the LORD your God.” Leviticus 19:31

“And the soul that turned after such as have familiar spirits, and after wizards, to go a whoring [seek] after them, I will even set my face against that soul, and will cut him off from among his people.” Leviticus 20:6

Halloween is NOT a fun kid’s holiday.  The dressing up in ghoulish costumes, carving Jack-o-lanterns, and going trick-or-treating means allot more than people think it does.  The “fun” is just a thin cover up for the satanic events that go on Halloween night.  By participating in Halloween we as Christian are conforming to the traditions of the world and blinding ourselves to the truth behind the real celebrations.  No, it’s not something we may like or even want to talk about, but it needs to be said.  Halloween, in any form, is evil and should not be celebrated by Christians.

Philippians 4:8 tells us, “Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report, if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.”

Halloween is definitely NOT true, honest, just, pure, lovely or of good report. It has no virtue or anything worth praising. In fact, it is the opposite of these, so, why are we celebrating it?

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13 Comments

  1. Amen, sister. My family doesn’t even hand out candy anymore. We celebrate Reformation Day, instead. Good substitute: celebrating truth and life instead of death.

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  2. Annonymous

     /  October 7, 2011

    Just curious, what references are the source for the historical information you related?

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  3. I agree a hundred percent. Thanks for sharing your information. I’m looking forward to Part 2. 🙂

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  4. Samantha Baugus

     /  October 8, 2011

    You know, according to this logic, you shouldn’t celebrate Christmas either. Christ was born in August/September. The December holiday which we call Christmas was originally Saturnalias, a holiday from the Roman period of gift-giving and worshiping the father of the Gods Saturn (or Kronos if you prefer the Greek term).
    Also at this time was the Winter Solstice which was is a pagan holiday. The pagans (as in people who believe in Paganism, not people who are non-believers as people tend to use the word ‘pagan’) I know actually observe this holiday over Christmas.
    To truly celebrate Christ the celebration should be sometime in late August.

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  5. storygirl308

     /  October 8, 2011

    Sami, that point could be made, but Christ is the center of the Christmas celebration, no matter what time of the year He was actually born in. Satan is the cert of the Halloween celebration and that’s the point I’m making.

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    • Samantha Baugus

       /  October 8, 2011

      Except Satan isn’t the focus of Halloween at all. I think trying to hard NOT to make it about him is making it MORE about him than anything else. The “Christianized” celebration people make up to replace Halloween draw more attention to Satan than it would otherwise. Every single Christian with nothing better to do and a faulty basis in history goes on for an age about how Halloween is Satanic holiday or some such nonsense. We made a WAY more pagan holiday (winter solstice) into a Christian holiday.

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  6. Tracy

     /  October 9, 2011

    I think the case can be made that participation can be ill-advised without connecting it to origins. It’s amazing that many Christians focus on the origins of many Halloween traditions and insist that that despite the surface level naïveté the origins define the actions carried on by the clueless mob walking about idiotically in costumes (“idiotically” is my personal emphasis). Then these same Christians see this same level of non-serious attention paid to the origins of the Christ Mass and remind us constantly to remember the Reason for the Season. Why can’t the supposed origins of Christmas supersede the superficial modern-day celebration? I’d love to hear a non-Christian say “Hey, quit giving gifts…it seems like fun but you don’t understand that your simple gesture is a parallel of God’s gift to the world through His Son Jesus! Wake up people you’re unknowingly spreading the Gospel when you buy your kids that Xbox 360!” I’m exaggerating, but it must be said that there is a disconnect in logic.

    Of course many early Protestants didn’t celebrate Christmas at all, let alone many of the days on the liturgical calendar. Adopting these neo-Orthodox holidays as our own is a rather recent phenomena in history. A phenomena I personally detest for my own sensibilities.

    I love Christ so much and growing closer to Him, I simply don’t see him inherently in any holiday, nor do I see him particularly excluded either.

    The Apostle Paul reminded the church of Colosse that they were forgiven of their sins and that despite their uncircumcised origins (stay with me here) that no one could lay a charge against them. He further told them to not let anyone judge them with regard to their participation in a religious festival, a moon or sabbath…warning against a sort of false humility and an obligatory self-deprivation that seemed holy and wise, but was just man-made rules.

    All the same there is wisdom in your guidance. Ultimately I think we must understand holidays for what they are: “These are a shadow of the things that were to come; the reality, however, is found in Christ.”

    As always, I love reading whatever you put on my screen Laura!

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  1. Why Christians Should Not Participate in Halloween: Part 2 | Writing for His Glory
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