For more than half a century the debate has continued in American churches regarding if it is right or wrong for believers to participate in Halloween. The tragedy of the enduring controversy, however, is that the issues of overriding importance regarding Halloween are overlooked in the heat of the debate and almost never discussed even among anti-Halloween believers. Those oft forgotten issues are the focus of this post.
A plethora of pages debating the origins of Halloween, its beneficence or maleficence, and advocating for or against the observance of Halloween and its associated practices populate the Internet. All of that has its place, I suppose, though my experience is that people are going to basically believe what they want to believe about the matter, especially those intent on personal participation in Halloween festivities. Relative few are those who are convinced by the evidence and consequently change their position. But, to me, the tragedy of all the controversy is the issues that are almost never discussed even among anti-Halloween believers.
This post is not a rehash of all the pros and cons of Halloween, but rather a discussion of the oft forgotten issues of overriding importance regarding “All Hallows Eve.”
As we begin this discussion, I want to make it clear that I’m really not addressing my comments to unbelievers or those who claim to be agnostics or atheists, but rather to believers. My goal here is not to debate the matter with unbelievers, but rather to appeal to believers to consider some matters rarely taken into account.
There are thousands of documents on the Internet espousing every possible perspective concerning Halloween, so it is not within the scope of this post to merely recite all of the facts and information available about it. But, if you are interested in a primer on Halloween from a Christian perspective one of the great sources for information regarding Halloween for believers available on the net is at:
There is nothing merely accidental or coincidental about the fact that Godless, hedonistic “Hollywood” has over the years become inextricably linked with Halloween. Satan has played Hollywood and other distribution media like a fiddle in using entertainment and the arts to condition children to accept Satan as being a good and benevolent person, and that all the things associated with his kingdom are good — calling evil good and good evil. People become “bewitched” as a result of their fascination with the elements of darkness and of that which is “hidden,” i.e., the occult. The Harry Potter series is another sterling example of Satan’s handiwork in indoctrinating children and preparing them for his final coup de gras of accepting the Antichrist as the ultimate super-hero who will suddenly emerge out of nowhere on the international scene to save the world from destruction and (they believe) from those evil “Christians” who have been the source of so much damage worldwide and throughout human history.
All this is part of Satan’s scheme to deceive people concerning the Antichrist and the establishment of his kingdom on the earth, especially the end time generation. One of Satan’s elementary yet most effective “tricks” is to brainwash people into believing that everything associated with his kingdom is benign, harmless, or only mythical. “It won’t hurt you, it’s just play and pretend, it’s not real.” Artists have long caricatured him as a fantastical part animal, part human, horned, cloven-hoofed creature, with a long tail and a goatee, wearing red pajamas, and wielding a tri-tined pitchfork (trident). No reasonable and reasoning person in their right mind could possibly place credence in the existence of such a creature if that is what he looks like, thus such a creature could only be a myth. This, along with a multiplicity of schemes of deception Satan is orchestrating in these last days to mask the existence and operations of his demonic cohorts on the earth and to brainwash the extant generations into accepting demons as friendly and benevolent beings, is all part and parcel of Satan’s ancient plan to deceive the unbelieving of the world into receiving the Antichrist whom he himself incarnates in his last-gasp effort to seize control of the world (2 Thes. 2:1-12).
By the Spirit, the Apostle Peter warned concerning the master of madness, “Your Adversary, the devil, roams about as a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour.” Since he was evicted from his glorious status and estate in heaven, and cast down to the earth as punishment for his utter perdition and insurgency against God, Satan has been relentlessly roaming throughout the earth in search of every human-being he can possibly deceive and seduce into alliance with him and his supremely dastardly scheme of rebellion and revolt against God and his eternal plans.
Bottom-line is: SATAN DOES NOT PLAY FAIR! I know that is a shock to many people’s system, but it is the undeniable, indisputable fact!
Though polemic preaching about such things as judgment from God is far from vogue today in the atmosphere prevailing in much of the church which requires preaching be candy-coated and of the “easy-listening” variety, there is a strong and sobering admonition from the Savior Himself applicable to all those who would so casually expose young and innocent children to the vile evils and stark wickedness of the “kingdom of darkness,” especially those of the households of the believing:
“but whoever causes one of these little ones who believe in Me to stumble, it is better for him that a heavy millstone be hung around his neck, and that he be drowned in the depth of the sea. Woe to the world because of its stumbling blocks! For it is inevitable that stumbling blocks come; but woe to that man through whom the stumbling block comes!” (Mat. 18:6,7)
Truth is: there is no GOOD reason to participate in Halloween celebrations and practices; certainly no Scriptural reason, since there is nothing in the Bible about Halloween, but rather only many admonitions against such practices.
Therefore do not be partakers with them; 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. 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. But all things become visible when they are exposed by the light, for everything that becomes visible is light. For this reason it says, “Awake, sleeper, And arise from the dead, And Christ will shine on you.” Therefore be careful how you walk, not as unwise men but as wise, making the most of your time, because the days are evil. (Eph. 5:7-16)
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