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Halloween and Christians: Should Christians Celebrate Halloween?

Updated on May 20, 2017
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There is much debate in the Christian community about Halloween. Some celebrate Halloween, others avoid it like the plague.

Halloween is one of the most popular holidays for kids. Kids will plan their Halloween costumes months in advance.

But many think Halloween is demonic and evil. Is it? Many wonder if Christians should celebrate Halloween. The answer is that it depends on how they celebrate Halloween.

Pagan Origins

Most of the objections to Halloween are its pagan origins. But Halloween is not the only holiday that has pagan origins and traditions.

Both Easter and Christmas were originally pagan celebrations that early Christians appropriated. There are traditions and symbols involved that originated with other religions.

For example, the eggs and bunnies which are part of our Easter celebrations are symbols of fertility gods and goddesses in mystery religions.

Does that mean that we need to revamp all of our holidays and traditions and create new ones free of any pagan influences? No because the way we celebrate the holidays today has nothing to do with the origins of the holidays.

Christians aren't worshiping other gods when they hide Easter eggs. There is new meaning applied to the old traditions so they are basically rewritten to be something completely different.

Halloween also has new meaning today than the meaning it had at its beginning. In the beginning it was essentially a harvest festival, not anything to do with devil worship or evil.

So though it started as a pagan festival, that is not what it is today (for most people anyway).

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Halloween Today

Today, Halloween is a fun day to dress up in costumes, eat treats, and get a bit spooky. Kids trick or treat down neighborhood streets. There are dress up parties, fall festivals, and decorations.

Though there are people who do practice pagan religions today, Halloween isn't "evil." And the people who practice witchcraft have rituals all year long. Halloween isn't the only time of year that rituals take place.

In general, Halloween is one holiday that really doesn't have religious connotations for most people. But the day can be an opportunity for religion.

Halloween as a Religious Opportunity

What many Christians fail to see is that Halloween is a golden teaching opportunity and a perfect chance to witness to others.

It is a great time to talk to kids about real good and real evil. Teach kids about what happens to people when they die. Talk about the bad creatures that roam the earth and who has power over them. Tell kids about ghosts and spirits and the Holy Ghost.

It is a time of year when the supernatural seems much more real, so take advantage of that and teach your kids about Christianity and real miracles and share your faith with others as well.

We are called to be out in the world sharing our faith not hiding from shadows.

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How to Celebrate Halloween

The spirit of Halloween is really about community and sharing. Kids are encouraged to visit the neighbors and get together. It is a time of fellowship and sharing what you have with others. Aren't those ideas in line with Christianity?

Host church events like fall festivals and parties or pass out candy. invite the public and introduce people to your faith.

If aspects of the holiday worry you, avoid them. For instance, don't put up witch decorations.

And if you are still worried, find other ways to celebrate like trunk or treat, fall festivals, or corn mazes.

Halloween is what you make it. It can be a time to get a fun scare and remember that there are supernatural forces in the world. Or you can look at it as a time to celebrate fall. But most importantly, it shouldn't be a day to be afraid of. Find a new Halloween tradition that you can feel good about and make a positive experience out of a holiday that has been regarded with suspicion.

Should Christians Celebrate Halloween?

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    • Marsha Musselman1 profile image

      Marsha Musselman 

      7 weeks ago from Michigan, USA

      Great hub, Candace. I was curious what you might say about your topic and was pleasantly surprised.

      I took your poll and the last option was my answer, but not because I've never celebrated the day. I went to my share of parties when I was young and we took our kids out trick or treating when they were young. They are now grown and I tend to work that day of the week for the most part since others would like to take their own kids out. That way they can get the day off.

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      Willette 

      5 years ago from Michigan

      Hi Cocopreme interesting hub. As Christians we should rethink our celebration of these days. In my church, we do not celebrate Halloween. We always have a spiritual warfare service on this day. There is either a message and/or movie to show that evil is celebrated on that day and to show why we do not participate. or as it is this year there will be a skit titled the 5 who spoke to Satan, showing 5 characters from the Bible that either spoke to or were influenced by Satan. The children have a separate program.

      We refer to Easter as Resurrection Day and emphasize Christ's sacrifice for us.

      Christmas is always a celebration of the birth of Christ and his mission for coming down from glory to restore us to a right relationship with the Father.

      You make a point that the way we celebrate is different from the intended beginnings, but God is a never changing God. He is the same today, yesterday and forever more and for that reason we should not take part in any holiday, especially Halloween, where human sacrifice still takes place today in some areas of the world in honor of Satan. Its all about Jesus! And that should be our celebration!

      Thanks for the hub. Thumbs up and interesting.

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      Nettlemere 

      5 years ago from Burnley, Lancashire, UK

      A rational look at a tricky (no pun intended) issue and I particularly like your point about using it as a kick of point to talk things over with children.

    • RGNestle profile image

      RGNestle 

      5 years ago from Seattle

      Celebrating Easter, Halloween or Christmas is all a part of what the Bible calls "apostasy" (defined as "a standing away from/desertion") --2 Thessalonians 2:3

      If the Devil can trick people into giving more attention to false beliefs, even venerating those beliefs above God Himself, then he's "blinding the minds of the unbelievers" to follow apostate teachings and lose God's favor --2 Corinthians 4:1-3. No one that celebrates Christmas, Easter or Halloween has God's favor since they are not worshiping God with "truth". --John 4:23

      It's so sad that many of us would rather have "the temporary enjoyment of sin" than give God the PURE honor and worship he deserves. --Hebrews 11:23-26

      If God says 'don't worship false deities and say you're worshiping me' then I think that's what he means. Who are we to spin His words into something He DIDN'T mean?

      This command comes right from the “Ten Words” or Ten Commandments written by God's own finger: “I am Jehovah your God . . . You must never have any other gods against my face [or, “any other gods in defiance of me”]. . . . because I Jehovah your God am a God exacting EXCLUSIVE DEVOTION.” (De 5:6-9)

      Thanks for the Hub.

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