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A Christians Perspective on Halloween

Updated on August 27, 2014

Happy Halloween?

When did Halloween become a holiday? On Oct. 30, of last year, I went to the bank and as I was waiting, I heard someone say, "Happy Holiday!" to one of the tellers. This same person had to go to another teller as his business was more complicated than was mine and, he also told this teller, "Happy Holiday!"

Of course, he was referring to Halloween. When did Halloween become classified as a holiday? Halloween by strict definition could never be a holiday, because holiday literally means "holy day", and, you and I both know that there is nothing holy about Halloween.


Halloween doesn't enjoy any of the perks of a holiday. Nothing closes in observance of the day as with other holidays. There are no bank closings, no flag flying, no fireworks and no memorials.

There are no official activities planned, and, no one is encouraged to observe the day for any reflective purposes. The history of Halloween is dark and to this day, law enforcement nationwide (United States), dread the onset of this faux-holiday.

Where Was I When This Happened?

Where was I when it happened?

. What does the modern day Halloween celebrate? What does it honor? What does it commemorate? I know that it is the eve before All Saints Day which is a Catholic holy day to honor the saints. This day is followed by All Souls Day also a Catholic holy day created to pray for all of the souls who are on stand-by, waiting to become saints.

So, I still say what is the deal with Halloween? In all of our holiday's and holy days, we acknowledge God in some form or other. With Halloween, we only speak of ghosts, goblins, demons and witches. How did that happen? Why are we even acknowledging this event? Has anything productive ever come as a result of Halloween? In my lifetime, Halloween has been the reason for razor blade laced apples, marijuana filled brownies, drug laced candy, rapes, tortures, murders and vandalism. What should be celebrated? I don't get it....

Compromising Christians

Christians tried to take the edge off of the day by offering a compromise. Many churches and outreach centers will hold a fall festival or have a Hallelujah Night. Why? Most believers agree that the Satanic elements of Halloween are not to be imitated. So, to offset this, they dress their children up as Bible characters. This eases their conscience. But, I want to know why they have to do anything at all. Why can't Halloween just be ignored? Can somebody help me with this.

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      Leslie A. Shields 7 years ago from Georgia

      Love you too....

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      Judah's Daughter 7 years ago from Roseville, CA

      You have blessed my heart, and I know the heart of God. Luv U, sister!!

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      Leslie A. Shields 7 years ago from Georgia

      We see eye to eye Judah's Daughter. Thanks for the comments.

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      Judah's Daughter 7 years ago from Roseville, CA

      Exactly!! You captured my heart as well. WHY do anything at the time of Halloween, let alone All Saints Day or All Souls Day? It ALL has to do with spirits/souls of the dead. NONE of this is biblical or righteous. Take the edge off evil witches by calling them 'good' witches; take the evil off black magic and call it 'white' magic. Take the evil off Halloween by dressing up as Bible characters. Hmmmm.

      Is 5:20 "Woe to those who call evil good, and good evil; Who substitute darkness for light and light for darkness; Who substitute bitter for sweet and sweet for bitter!"

      Eph 5:7-8 "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."

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      Leslie A. Shields 7 years ago from Georgia

      Thanks Victress for your comments...

      Prayfully those you have spoken to have had a seed planted in their hearts

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      Victress In All 7 years ago

      And, thank you for posting a truthful and thought provoking article on this issue, LeslieAdrienne! Blessings.

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      Victress In All 7 years ago

      I agree wholeheartedly with you: to celebrate something so unappealing, ugly, dark is not in line with true Christians' beliefs. I've talked to the children and their parents about why they participate in honoring this day, and the "innocent" reply that they just like candy brings me to the conclusion that people have a disconnect with God's will for their life, have no close relationship with Him, and simply do not care for their children s teeth. Compromise is something that has crept into church through so many facets of our lifestyles, it is alarming and should provoke prayer and fasting for repentance. "Whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things." Philippians 4:8 I take this verse literally. God bless you, Woman of Courage!

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      Leslie A. Shields 7 years ago from Georgia

      You are so right, friend... so many Christians insist that there is no harm in the celebration of Haqlloween, but there is. Even those celebrations which are labeled as Hallelujah Nights where the children dress up as angels or Christian characters are out of order.

      There are no redeeming qualities to Halloween....

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      Woman Of Courage 7 years ago

      I found out the true meaning of Halloween when I became a christian, and I want no part of celebrating the devil. I have ignored Halloween completely. Thanks for sharing this!

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