Well, I’m not sure if I should be writing this or not, but I’ll state for the record that this is entirely my OWN opinion. People are free to agree or disagree with me, that’s perfectly fine because you are entitled to your own opinion; however, personally speaking, I DO NOT think that Christians should observe Halloween at all for the very fact that it seems to celebrate remembering the “Dead” and seems to glorify evil. Historically, it was a day intended to be dedicated to remembering the dead, including saints (hallows), martyrs, and all the faithful departed.
According to Wikipedia.com, Halloween is described as the following:
It is widely believed that many Halloween traditions originated from ancient Celtic harvest festivals, particularly the Gaelic festival Samhain; that such festivals may have had pagan roots; and that Samhain itself was Christianized as Halloween by the early Church. Some believe, however, that Halloween began solely as a Christian holiday, separate from ancient festivals like Samhain.
Halloween activities include trick-or-treating (or the related guising), attending Halloween costume parties, carving pumpkins into jack-o’-lanterns, lighting bonfires, apple bobbing, divination games, playing pranks, visiting haunted attractions, telling scary stories and watching horror films. In many parts of the world, the Christian religious observances of All Hallows’ Eve, including attending church services and lighting candles on the graves of the dead, remain popular, although elsewhere it is a more commercial and secular celebration. Some Christians historically abstained from meat on All Hallows’ Eve, a tradition reflected in the eating of certain vegetarian foods on this vigil day, including apples, potato pancakes, and soul cakes.
In a way, the culture of Halloween has gone beyond celebrating the “dead saints” and seems to worship the concept of death and evil (in my honest opinion), as people now dress up in masquerading costumes going from house-to-house demanding treats through this practice of “trick or treating”; and by punishing people by pranking them if they fail to “treat” you with candies or some type of goodie for you to collect in your pumpkin-like buckets.
Honestly, I wondered what would Jesus think about people celebrating a day that focuses on celebrating the “dead” or “dearly departed”?
These are the two scriptures that came to mind:
But Jesus said to him, “Follow Me, and let the dead bury their own dead.”
Jesus said to him, “Let the dead bury their own dead, but you go and preach the kingdom of God.”
Clearly, as Christians, our preoccupation should be to preach about the Kingdom of God and not on celebrating anything to do with the dead. I personally have never liked Halloween as a day, and no…I don’t need to watch a Friday the 13th Movie or a Halloween movie to hate that specific day. It’s just that when I consider how I’ve been through real Spiritual Warfare with real demonic entities attacking me in my childhood, it does not appeal to me in anyway to celebrate anything that worships, celebrates and glorifies evil in any way, or encourages it in any fashion or form. Death already lost its victory, but now we have a day that wants it to sting???? Does that even make any sense to you?!!!!
It may seem like harmless fun to others, but I do believe that there are spiritual implications in allowing your children to dress up in demonic costumes “for fun”, and going door-to-door with this idea that you should be rewarded for dressing up as a ghoul, ghost or some other freaky little thing. Otherwise, as a consequence to the one who fails to comply, they should expect to be punished by some absurd trick such as scaring someone in some way by a foul prank. I think that’s incredibly unacceptable and deplorable behaviour, and as Christians, we should not encourage this behaviour AT ALL! Oh come on Sherline! You have no sense of “Fun”. Hey….what maybe fun for you, ain’t fun to me! Just sayin’!
Thankfully, in Canada, such things aren’t encouraged because obviously, police will have a field day chasing crazy nut-cases pulling off pranks that could even be potentially dangerous and/or illegal at best. I just don’t see how pranking someone on this specific day is any way justifiable and especially targeting those who choose to be non-partakers of this crazy experience to me is a subtle form of lynching (not to the degree of death obviously, but it could be possible if people are not controlled in their behaviour). The wonderful thing I find in Canada is that the houses that don’t celebrate the day are easily identifiable if they leave their front porch lights off as an indication to parents with kids going around “trick or treating” that they should not press the doorbell, “‘cuz you ain’t gettin’ nudda outta them! Just sayin’!” Lol 😀 .
When I lived with my parents, the nosy neighbors next-door to us thought that we were too-goodie-two-shoes that had no sense of “fun“… but I could care less for what the Jones’ next door think. They aren’t Christians, so I get why they think this way… I just think that people in their ignorance can be too permissive about things that they know nothing about. Maybe Ignorance is bliss to them, but not to me!
I also want to clarify and wish to state, that I am not here to judge Christian parents that do go out Trick-or-treating with their kids on this day, because honestly, that’s all up to you, so stay safe. All I’m saying is that, I don’t think it is wise for Christians to partake in something that really adds no spiritual value to your lives or in the lives of your children, nor is it a Biblical practice to partake in such an event if you consider what the day is all about… And I personally don’t think Jesus would say, “yeah…go ahead and have fun while you’re at it” since Jesus literally is the symbol of Life and not Death, so why would we (as Christians) go ahead and celebrate something contrary to our own belief-system? That is just beyond me… I’m just sayin’. Something for y’all to think about and consider as we near the end of October.
I have a song to bless your Spirit today by the Upper Room called So Will I. I pray that this song blesses your spirit today. God Bless You Everybody! 😀