I snapped this picture of a halloween store and immediately it happened! What happen? Well, it occurred to me that there is indeed a thing called “the spirit of Halloween” and it has a purpose.
When you reflect on the high rate of rituals practiced during halloween (darkness, fright, witchcraft, etc) and the spiritual implications of such rituals and scare missions undertaken by many, you will begin to see its purpose. These are certainly the opposite of LIGHT/Christ and there is more to halloween than the way it is often portrayed.
- “But I say, that the things which the Gentiles sacrifice, they sacrifice to devils, and not to God: and I would not that ye should have fellowship with devils” (1 Cor. 10:20).
- We are commanded not to become involved with the unfruitful works of darkness (Eph. 5:11).
- 1 THE BIG QUESTION
- 2 What You Should Do on Halloween’s Day
- 2.0.1 Sources
- 2.0.2 A Reminder of Death. Navarro, Michelle. Oct. 1997. UCLA. 12 Oct. 2002.
- 2.0.3 History of Halloween 29 Feb. 2001. Indiana University. 12 Oct. 2002.
- 2.0.4 MSN Learning & Research- Halloween. MSN Encarta. 12. Oct. 2002.
- 2.0.5 The Origin of Halloween Comes Out of the Sky. Chamberlain, Von Del. State University of Utah. 12. Oct. 2002.
- 3 Your Turn!
What is Halloween?
Halloween, also referred to as All Hallows Eve, celebrated on October 31st of every year is traced back to the Celtic festival, Samhain, which was the Celtic New Year. It was the day of the dead, and they believed the souls of the deceased would be available” (Navarro). This may look innocent but actually does have many spiritual implications.
The Druids celebrated this holiday “with a great fire festival to encourage the dimming Sun not to vanish” and people “danced round bonfires to keep evil spirits away, but left their doors open in hopes that the kind spirits of loved ones might join them around their hearths”. On this night, “divination was thought to be more effective than any other time, so methods were derived to ascertain who might marry, what great person might be born, who might rise to prominence, or who might die” (Chamberlain).
Also during the celebration, the Celts “wore costumes, typically consisting of animal heads and skins, and attempted to tell each other’s fortunes”. Crops were burned and animals were sacrificed (The History Channel Exhibits- The History of Halloween). You should now ask yourself, who are these animals sacrificed to? What is the purpose of the rituals really? The spirits were believed to be either “entertained by the living”, or to “find a body to possess for the incoming year”. According to Navarro, this all gives reasons as to why “dressing up like witches, ghosts and goblins, villagers could avoid being possessed.” Don’t Be Deceived because this is not true. We cannot invite the spirits and expect not to be possessed by them when the door is opened to them. When you open the door to the enemy, he takes the opportunity. “Be self-controlled and alert. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour” (1 Peter 5:8).
It’s a satanic holiday for devil worshiping.
Interestingly, Christians have been said to influence the hallowen culture. When “local people converted to Christianity during the early Middle Ages, the Roman Catholic Church often incorporated modified versions of older religious traditions in order to win converts. Clearly this isn’t a strategy that the Lord will ask anyone to do because it is the Holy Spirit that does the work. He brings the people and wins their heart. Any work or works done without Him is futile. “Pope Gregory IV wanted to substitute Samhain with All Saints’ Day in 835, but All Souls’ Day (Nov. 2nd) which is closer in resemblance to Samhain and Halloween today, was “first instituted at a French monastery in 998 and quickly spread throughout Europe” (MSN Learning & Research- Halloween). But DON’T BE DECEIVED! Many will say it is a day celebrating the saints but if you are a true Christian you will know that the practices done during halloween has nothing to do with the saints.
In the 16th century, “Christian village children celebrated the vigil of All Saints’ by doing the Danse Macabre. The Seven Brethren whose grizzly death is described in the seventh chapter of the deuterocanonical book of Second Macabees” is also said to have resulted in children dressing up in grizzly costumes to signify these deaths. (Thomas ). Note that the costumes worn on Halloween’s day or for the purpose of celebrating hallowen can attract the forces like those costumes into a person’s life. Besides on halloween, the spirit of divination, rituals, evil spirits, and bloodshed is rampant.
THE BIG QUESTION
Should True Christians celebrate Halloween? Well, you should first ask yourself, what business do you have with the souls of the dead and why would you want to celebrate their visitation? It is not scriptural and therefore the answer is a categorical NO.
What You Should Do on Halloween’s Day
Rather than go out and celebrate with unbelievers, gather around your home, get your family and fiends and fellowship together – praising the Lord. Or better yet, go into your room, in a quiet place and spend time with Him alone – reading your bible, in praises, hymns, prayer, etc.