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Does the Bible Address Halloween?

What does the Bible say about Halloween?

The Bible does not mention the term "Halloween" or the mystic Druidic rite "Samhain" from which Halloween is derived and was originally observed about 4,000 years ago. It is the Druidic New Year celebration. "Take no part in the unfruitful works of darkness, but instead expose them." (Ephesians 5:11)

Some view Halloween as a harmless holiday in which children dress up in costumes and participate in various traditions. In American schools, more time is given to Halloween-centered activities than any other holiday.

In a recent letter to Ann Landers, a parent expressed concern that a fourth-grade teacher asked her students to write about how they would most like to celebrate Halloween. Eighty percent said they would like to kill someone or something. In business, Halloween is a multi-billion dollar industry and is heavily marketed.

Should Christians Celebrate Halloween?

Is it just scary fun? Should Christians participate in it? Let's take a look first at Halloween's origins.

Many Halloween customs come from pagan superstitions relating to Samhain. The druids were the priests, sorcerers, and magicians of nature-based Celtic religions that prevailed in early times in northern Europe which permeated Celtic culture for about 2,000 years until the rise of Christianity.

In the 9th century, the Roman Catholic Church changed All Saints' Day, designed to pay tribute to Christian martyrs, to the beginning of November in an effort to offset the pagan holiday of Halloween. It had previously been observed in May. Some Protestant churches also observe All Saints' Day.

The practice of "trick or treat" comes from the Celtic tradition of giving food for blessings from spirits of the dead. Failure to provide food supposedly invoked demonic retaliation.

Jack-o-lanterns come from carving demonic faces on turnips and later pumpkins. Candle-lit pumpkins or skulls signify the occupants were sympathetic to these spirits and would receive mercy from these spirits if displayed.

Druids believed black cats were reincarnations of evil dead souls with supernatural power and knowledge.

Bobbing for apples is part of the druidic New Year's sexual divination of fertility.

Broomsticks are part of some Wiccan "circles" and were originally considered to be phallic symbols that transformed sexual energy into psychic energy.

Contact with spirit beings, through seances, is thought to be highest at Samhain in spirit beings are invoked for personal power.

At the Druidic New Year's celebration, there were human sacrifices at midnight. Children were thrown into huge fires while others danced around. By morning, only ashes and bones remained. These were called "bone fires" which is where we get our tradition of bonfires.

Halloween is a Demonic "Holy" Day

Halloween is one of the "high holy days" in the practice of Wicca, sorcerers, and devil worshippers in addition to being a secular observance. On this night, and nights leading up to it, law enforcement officials notice an increase in occultic crime and ritualistic killings evidenced by symbolic markings at the scene, excessive loss of blood in the victims, and organs removed in a certain manner in victims. It is a time of increased abduction of children and animals.

Is there any reference in the Bible to these practices? Deuteronomy 18:9-14 states: "When you enter the land which the Lord your God gives you, you shall not learn to imitate the detestable things of those nations. There shall not be found among you anyone who makes his son or his daughter pass through the fire, one who uses divination, one who practices witchcraft, or one who interprets omens, or a sorcerer, or one who casts a spell, or a medium, or a spiritist, or one who calls up the dead.

"For whoever does these things is detestable to the Lord, and because of these detestable things, the Lord your God will drive them out before you. You shall be blameless before the Lord your God. For those nations, which you shall dispossess, listen to those who practice witchcraft and to diviners, but as for you, the Lord your God has not allowed you to do so."

Instead, Ephesians 5:8-13 says: "...for you were formerly darkness, but now you are light in the Lord; walk as children of light (for the fruit of the light consists in all goodness and righteousness and truth), trying to learn what is pleasing to the Lord. And do not participate in the unfruitful deeds of darkness, but instead even expose them; for it is disgraceful even to speak of the things which are done by them in secret."

Many churches have children's fairs and youth rallies in which parents who feel their children should not participate in Halloween may take their children to engage in Christ-centered activities instead.

May we encourage you to let the Holy Spirit be your guide in your decision? We also caution against reviling others, whatever your decision may be, but instead "sanctify Christ as Lord in your hearts, always being ready to make a defense to everyone who asks you to give an account for the hope that is in you, yet with gentleness and reverence." (1 Peter 3:15)

Bible Verses about Witchcraft and Sorcery

Scripture warns us against participating in sorcery or spiritual mediums, "Do not turn to mediums or necromancers; do not seek them out, and so make yourselves unclean by them: I am the Lord your God." (Leviticus 19:31)

"Now the works of the flesh are evident: sexual immorality, impurity, sensuality, idolatry, sorcery, enmity, strife, jealousy, fits of anger, rivalries, dissensions, divisions, envy, drunkenness, orgies, and things like these. I warn you, as I warned you before, that those who do such things will not inherit the kingdom of God." (Galatians 5:19-21)

"Woe to those who call evil good and good evil, who put darkness for light and light for darkness, who put bitter for sweet and sweet for bitter!" (Isaiah 5:20)

"Outside are the dogs and sorcerers and the sexually immoral and murderers and idolaters, and everyone who loves and practices falsehood." (Revelation 22:15)

"The coming of the lawless one is by the activity of Satan with all power and false signs and wonders" (2 Thessalonians 2:9)

"You cannot drink the cup of the Lord and the cup of demons. You cannot partake of the table of the Lord and the table of demons." (1 Corinthians 10:21)

"Be sober-minded; be watchful. Your adversary the devil prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour." (1 Peter 5:8)

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