WHAT ABOUT HALLOWEEN?
Rev. Darrell D. Ramey
Next Friday, October 31, many people the world over will “celebrate” the holiday called Halloween. Is this day of ghosts and demons, witches and warlocks anything that should interest or concern Christians?Is there anything wrong with the costuming and trick-or-treating associated with this day?How about going along “just for the fun of it?”
In her book, Exposing Satan’s Devices, author Betty Miller reminds us of the clear and present danger of Halloween. Using this text from the Song of Solomon, Chapter 2, verse 15: “Take us the foxes, the little foxes, that spoil the vines: for our vines have tender grapes,” Miller points out that “Foxes sometime in search of food would enter into the grape orchards and devour the grapes and spoil the crop. However, the little foxes were too small to reach the grape bunches so they would chew on the vines and it would kill the whole vine. Instead of the farmer just losing his crop, he would lose his vine which was more disastrous.”
Spiritually some things we do or allow, that we might think is little or insignificant, can also be disastrous for us. There are those who consider celebrating Halloween as only a little compromise. However, it is, as the Scripture admonishes, the “little foxes” that spoil the vines and this little compromise can open the door to other evils.
It is a sad commentary on modern-day Christian life, but many Christians do not realize that certain traditions that are celebrated in the world have evil origins. Just because our society partakes in certain activities does not make them acceptable for Christians. We must look to Jesus Christ and His Word to see if the traditions of this world are good or evil.
One of those evil traditions is the celebration of Halloween. No Christian should partake in the activities of this holiday, nor should they allow their children to do so. We can discern the evil of this day by taking a look at the festivities that are associated with its celebration.
Children, and even some adults, are dressed as witches, goblins, ghosts, little devils and fortune tellers. All these are representatives of Satan’s kingdom. Games played at carnivals promote fear in children as they are ushered through spook houses and horror rooms. Some church groups have even sponsored such as fund raisers!
Skeletons, black cats and bats represent death and darkness. No carnival is complete without the gypsy who tells fortunes. In a grand trick, Satan has gained man’s approval to celebrate his day by simply making it a tradition that seems like a fun day. The opposite is true, however, as more damage and harm are done on this day each year than any other holiday.
Children are taught to go door to door chanting “trick or treat.” It is not a christian virtue to demand a gift under threat of playing some trick.
Because so many in our society, and in the church, have grown up celebrating Halloween, and seemingly did not experience any negative effects, some feel that not celebrating Halloween at all is an extreme measure. However, I would encourage you to pray about this. Is any holiday that glorifies death and darkness (even in fun) a proper thing for a Christian to do since we have been called out of darkness into His marvelous light?
Whether we feel that we have been really hurt by celebrating Halloween or not, is only part of the issue. How does God feel to see His people making light of demons and witchcraft? Shouldn’t we be thinking about how to honor Him and show our love to Him?Where do our loyalties lie?
We know that most Satanists celebrate Halloween as their high holy day and even offer human sacrifices to the devil. Until recently, most Christians have not questioned this traditional celebration, but rather have gone along with it by even bringing Halloween parties into the church. The earliest Halloween celebrations were not held by the early church, but the Druids in honor of Samhain, the “lord of the dead”, and his demons, whose festival fell on November 1. Halloween actually means “holy or hallowed evening.”
Historically, we know that according to the Roman calendar in which days began at midnight, the evening of October 31 was the eve before the hallowed day; hence Halloween or All Soul’s Eve was kept throughout the ancient pagan world. All Hallows Eve, because it is the day before All Hallows’ or All Saints’ day, was a holy day in the Roman Catholic Church, Episcopal Church, the Church of England and the Greek Orthodox Church. This festival honors all martyrs, known and unknown, who have died for the church.
During the time of Emperor Constantine (Roman Emperor for about 35 years) these two holidays were merged in an attempt to Christianize the heathen. The church could not prevent these heathen practices, so they thought “taming'” them would be the answer. The pagans were, of course, not to worship their gods on the church’s “All Saint’s day.” However, as it is with all compromises, soon the evil overrode the good, and, as a result, we still honor these heathen practices by celebrating Halloween.
Parents have a responsibility not to allow their children to be exposed to these evil celebrations. What might seem to some as innocent children’s games is a “little fox” that can open the door to satanic influence and even demon possession in some cases.
6“Let no man deceive you with vain words:
for because of these things cometh the wrath of God
upon the children of disobedience.
7 Be not ye therefore partakers with them.
8 For ye were sometimes darkness,
but now are ye light in the Lord:
walk as children of light:
9 (For the fruit of the Spirit is in all goodness
and righteousness and truth;)
10 Proving what is acceptable unto the Lord.
11 And have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness,
but rather reprove them.
12 For it is a shame even to speak of those things
which are done of them in secret.”
— Ephesians 5:6-12 (KJV)