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Why Should Christians Not Celebrate Halloween?
Celebrating Halloween is tantamount to worshipping the devil, said Anton LaVey. The founder of the Church of Satan himself said that
by dressing up, either by wearing a costume or coloring yourself, you allow Satan to own you.
He further explained that by adopting the pagan practices you are subconsciously dedicating yourself to celebrating the enemy’s holiday.
As Christians, you are supposed to be the light of the world (Matthew 5:14-16). Your light should shine over the darkness that the devil perpetuates. Instead of being drawn to the cunning tactics of the devil, you are called to boldly proclaim good over evil. Jesus has fulfilled the mandate to destroy the ploys of Satan. Likewise, the sacrificial commitment of the Christian martyrs should serve as your model to be holy as God is holy (1 Peter 1:15-17)
Comprising about 31.50% among all the organized religions in the world, Christians ought to use this strength to conquer evil.
Indeed, we, the Christians are, capable of reversing the evil of Halloween. If, and only if, we all live by the teachings of the One on whom we professed our faith. We can do it by - among many ways - not donning creepy costumes and celebrating Halloween as the pagans do.
History of Halloween
The origin of Halloween can be traced back to the ancient Celtic festival of Samhain. It occurs at the end of summer. The Druids believed that Samhain, the lord of death, scattered evil spirits throughout the world to attack humans during this time. And so, they needed to offer sacrifices to their gods. To escape the attack, the Druids required humans to assume disguises to make themselves look like evil spirits, too.
Meanwhile, the early Christian missionaries were sent out to Europe. In the second century, they set foot in England and Ireland. They attempted to introduce Christian alternatives to the already solid pagan practices of the Druids. Some of the locals did convert to the Christian faith. But since the pagan practices were already rooted deeply in the culture, many held onto their old beliefs. Thus, making the mission difficult. The organized church rather succeeded only in “Christianizing” the indigenous custom. Apparently, their evangelization was nothing more than incorporating Christian symbolism into the pagan ritual.
The Christian All Hallows Eve
On the other hand, the early Christian Church set aside a day of remembrance for the martyrs. Its commemoration is on November 1. They call it All Saints’ Day. The solemn remembrance of All Saints’ Day starts on the evening of October 31, which they call All Hallows Eve. The term is derived from the word “hallowed” or “holy” in the Lord’s Prayer, as we say, “Our Father in heaven, hallowed be Thy name...”
All Saints’ Day is the day dedicated to those who have attained heaven. It’s different from All Souls’ Day, which is celebrated on November 2. All Souls’ Day is meant to remember those who died but have not yet attained heaven.
All Saints’ Day is observed by both the Catholics and some Protestant denominations. Although each church has its own way of interpreting the occasion. It is particularly observed as an important event among the following Churches:
Roman Catholic Church
Eastern Orthodox Church
Anglican and the other Anglican churches
No matter what the denomination is, the Christian observance of All Hallows Eve does not involve wearing creepy costumes. Rather, it’s a solemn event focused on prayer and meditation. Sadly, though, the pagan observance of Halloween has so strongly influenced many, including Christians. So much so that the true meaning of All Hallows Eve has been obscured.
The pagan influence reaches out to varied cultures across the globe. Much of what we see now is a Halloween that is far from spiritual. Hyped by commercialization, the pagan version of Halloween has become one of the most important occasions of the year by the secular world.
But the Christian teaching is constant. Scriptures reiterate that we should stay away from all pagan practices (Exodus 22:18, Acts 8:9-24, among many others). Instead of subscribing to what the secular world dictates, Christians have the moral responsibility to set things right according to Christ’s teachings.
To counter the pagan influence, we can use Halloween as a “hands-on” learning opportunity about God’s power over Satan and the fallen angels. Here are some fun activities to busy ourselves with while the secular world indulges in pagan practices. Let’s not allow the devil to claim victory over us. For Christ had already claimed us on the Cross.
Perform acts of mercy. Jesus gives us a model for how we should treat others as if they were Christ in disguise. We are taught to
- feed the hungry
- give drink to the thirsty
- provide shelter to the homeless
- visit the sick
- visit the prisoner
- bury the dead
- give alms to the poor
How about working a bit of mercy on Halloween? There may be persons in your neighborhood who are in need of help. Individuals who are incapable of doing things by themselves like the aged, bedridden, or physically-challenged. Instead of doing the trick-or-treat tradition, you might want to rake the leaves in her front yard. Or, you may bring them some food.
Organize an evangelistic outreach. Gather your family and friends together and organize a little praise and worship jamming session. Find a space in your neighborhood park or the church grounds for the event. For sure, passers-by would be attracted to listen to lively music. They may even want to join you. Invite the young people to join you, too.
Nature walk and picnic. Take your family on a hike at a local park or the beach. Make your trip fun by organizing some activities like scavenging for the most beautiful or odd leaf, racing to find an insect, and the like...Take photos of your find and vote on the winners for each category. You can bring food provisions, too.
Movie marathon. If you rather choose to stay at home, play some inspirational DVDs and watch them together with the entire family.
Let’s turn around the pagan concept of Halloween. Make it a wholesome and holy celebration. This way, we will be able to shake off Satan’s control over us, especially our children.