There is a division among Christians when it comes to the celebration of Halloween, with one faction very against it, begging the question: Should Christians celebrate Halloween?
Many people believe Halloween is a pagan holiday that goes completely against God’s warnings against idolatry and pays tribute to dark forces.
Conversely, many Christians believe the celebration of Halloween is simply harmless fun.
In this article, we will look at both sides of the debate over Christians celebrating Halloween offering answers for and against the celebration of Halloween.
The Origins of Halloween
Halloween originally started as a way of preparing for All Saint’s Day on November 1. Somewhere along the way, it was hijacked by pagan religion and became the October 31 celebration of All Hallows Eve, which we now call Halloween.
Originally, the Christian festival of All Hallows Eve, the word “hallows” stood for hallowed, which meant to be made holy, revered and honored, or consecrated.
Why It’s Okay for Christians to Celebrate Halloween
The main point to keep in mind when celebrating Halloween is this: It’s all in how you celebrate it.
In other words, what your intentions are and your state of mind really matters.
If Halloween is simply a time to dress up in a costume and get candy, with no reference to the Dark Lord Satan, a.k.a. Lucifer a.k.a. the Devil – then it’s really just a harmless costume party.
If you’re not dressing up in the costumes of the devil, demons or the dead, other gods, or anything that would offend God – then you aren’t paying any recognition or homage to the occult and pagan connotations or traditions of Halloween.
And not being facetious, but rationally speaking, most people don’t celebrate Halloween any pagan way. Such things are the farthest thing from the minds of 99.9% of children celebrating Halloween.
Their minds don’t even go there!
Such thoughts are adults trying to make more out of it than it really is. Children tend to dress up as popular characters from movies or television and have their minds on only one thing: Getting free candy.
Most people are not celebrating Halloween as a way to honor the devil, demons, Ba’al, Bel, or Samhain. In fact, the pagan festival of Samhain and Halloween are not the same.
Christian ways of celebrating Halloween includes dressing in themes such as positive book or cartoon characters, famous historical characters, or Bible heroes.
How Christians Should Not Celebrate Halloween
Here are a number of ways in which Christians should be mindful and avoid as part of a Halloween celebration.
Christians should not celebrate Halloween anyway that dishonors God.
Christian should not wear costumes that would venerate the devil, demons, occultism, Satanism, death, and certain supernatural entities.
For example, vampire costumes celebrate a creature that preys on the living and consumes their blood. Blood sacrifices were part of pagan rituals and these are forbidden by the Bible (Leviticus 19:26).
Likewise, zombies are creatures that come back from the dead, but not resurrected in the manner of Jesus that brings eternal life. Instead, zombies are more like resurrected demons that come back to prey upon human beings and consume them.
Costumes that represent magicians, wizards or witches are celebrating the practice of magic and witchcraft – something expressly forbidden in the Bible. (Deuteronomy 18:10-12).