Many, many years ago I became aware that Halloween had a much more sinister meaning than the childish costumes and trick or treating.  Research done on my part, (before the internet, mind you) showed me that Halloween dates back to Druidic Celtic rituals and sacrifices thousands of years ago.  The Celtics believed that on October 31st the souls of their dead relatives came to life and haunted them.  Treats were left on the doorstep in an effort to appease them, and scary faces were carved on pumpkins to frighten them away.  Druids made sacrifices, as well, for the same purposes.  Hundreds of years later a pope declared the same day to be All Saints Day, a day to honor the dead, and some time after that, it was expanded to include honoring martyrs.

Halloween is a holiday that began with pagan worship and was at least in part, transformed into a Christian holiday.  Over the centuries it has become a watered down excuse to dress up in costumes, eat candy, and throw parties.  Unfortunately, there remains a very sinister undercurrent.

Satanists today honor Halloween as one of their highest holy days.  While information directly from those who have been a part of the Satanic cult can be found to support this, unfortunately, there are many articles and reports that poo-poo this fact.

Many Christians celebrate Halloween as an innocent holiday, and I would be hard put to offer enough solid evidence to the contrary that would convince them otherwise…at least in this world.  However, I don’t have to rely on the world’s opinion to demonstrate the source of this dark holiday.

I have the Bible.

So what does the Bible say about Halloween?  Not a blessed thing.  But it does say plenty about the things that Halloween celebrates.

 

Let’s begin with witchcraft and sorcery.  In Deuteronomy 18:9-12 we have this command from God:  “When you come into the land which the LORD your God is giving you, you shall not learn to follow the abominations of those nations.  There shall not be found among you anyone who makes his son or his daughter pass through the fire or one who practices witchcraft, or a soothsayer, or one who interprets omens, or a sorcerer, or one who conjures spells, or a medium, or a spiritist, or one who calls up the dead.  For all who do these things are an abomination to the LORD, and because of these abominations the LORD your God drives them out from before you.”

 

What about ghosts and goblins…or more accurately today, zombies?  Allow me to debunk the myth of ghosts.  Go to your Bibles and read Luke 16:19-31.  Perhaps you recall this story that Jesus told about the rich man and Lazarus, the poor beggar.  I believe this is not a parable, but rather a story that Yeshua (Jesus) was witness to as God’s Son.  All the parables told by Yeshua did not offer names for their characters.  Because we are given the name of the poor man, Lazarus, many believe that this was a real story.  In this recollection, the rich man asks Father Abraham to send Lazarus back to his family to warn them to turn their lives around so that they wouldn’t end up in Hades where he was being tormented.

Abraham would not allow the return of Lazarus, and apparently, the rich man also could not return to the living or he would have gone himself.  There are many stories in the Bible of dead people being raised to life, but those were all physical resurrections.  Their bodies came back to life, only to live and die again at a later date.

There are also many stories of demons living in and controlling people.  Paul wrote to the Ephesians (6:12) that “…we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places.”

Ghosts, goblins, zombies, whatever you want to call them are dead.  When someone dies, their spirit goes to Heaven or Hell, and that is where they stay.  So if someone out there is messing with conjuring up the dead, I warn you now, that is a very dangerous game.  You do not call up the dead, but the demons in whom there is no light or goodness at all.

Again I raise the question, how does dressing up as these vile creatures bring praise to God?

 

Consider this, too.  The haunted house.  What is its purpose?  To frighten and terrify the people who attend, right?  Is God the god of fear?  No!  2 Timothy 1:7 – “For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind.”  If He did not give us a spirit of fear, why would we go looking for one???

In what circumstance does much of Halloween take place?  In the dark.

God is light, and in Him, there is no darkness.  John 3:19-20 – “And this is the condemnation, that the light has come into the world, and men loved the darkness rather than the light, because their deeds were evil.  For everyone practicing evil hates the light and does not come to the light, lest his deeds should be exposed.  But he who does the truth comes to the light, that his deeds may be clearly seen, that they have been done in God.”  The light belongs to God.  Darkness belongs to evil.

Am I saying that the silly fun that most participate in at Halloween is evil?  No.  But I am saying that by participating in something that honors (whether intentionally or not) things that are in direct opposition to the very character of God, we are in fact dishonoring Him and by association, honoring His enemy.  In that I will take no part.  Remember, 2 Corinthians 11:14 – “And no wonder!  For Satan himself transforms himself into an angel of light.”  The great deceiver, the father of lies, has very easily convinced the world to lift high him high and glorify his dark and evil character, all the while believing it is child’s play.

Ephesians 5:11 – “For you were once darkness, but now you are light in the Lord.  Walk as children in the light.

Philippians 4:8 – “Finally, brethren, whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy—meditate on these things.”

 

A friend recently posted a comment to Facebook questioning our Christian witness if we are to give our vote in the upcoming elections to those who don’t represent, and in fact, defy our Christian beliefs.  I’m not sure I agree with the argument in that context, but what about Halloween?  What does participating in the glorification of witchcraft, ghosts, zombies, and fear and terror in darkness do to show that I am a witness of the Light of the World?

There are plenty of holidays to celebrate that don’t honor Satan.  We, as Christians, have some of our very own…even though the world has tried desperately to materialize them for their own perverse pleasure.  More than that, we have celebrations that we don’t even participate in that we should.  The 7 feasts of Israel, established by God for His people (the Church included) to recognize His greatness are free to us to observe.  As followers of Messiah, we are free from the sacrificial parts of these feasts.  But I am convinced that there are ways for us to celebrate them as Christians, and why not?  After all, are we not grafted into the tree of Israel?  Are we not spiritual Jews?  Yes!  Let’s celebrate what is worthy of celebration and praise, and let Halloween be for the pagans.

*All Scripture references taken from the New King James Version of the Bible.

If God has spoken to you through this article, please thank Him.  To God be the glory, great things He has done!