The popularity of Halloween is growing exponentially. Americans spend over $5 billion dollars annually on Halloween, making it the country’s second largest commercial holiday. In addition, a quarter of all annual candy sales occur during the Halloween season in the United States. What is it about Halloween that makes October 31 so popular? Perhaps it’s the mystery–or just the candy? Perhaps the excitement of a new costume?
Whatever the draw, Halloween is here to stay. But what does the Bible say about it? Is Halloween wrong or evil? Are there any clues in the Bible as to whether a Christian should celebrate Halloween?
As I grew closer to the Lord and gained more knowledge of His Word, I began to study to see what exactly the Bible has to say about this holiday. I started to ask questions like:
- God is a God of life, but Halloween focuses on death. Should I celebrate a holiday where people decorate their front yards with tombstones?
- The Scriptures tell us to put away deeds of darkness (Rom.13:12) and that light has nothing in common with darkness (2 Cor. 6:14). Is celebrating a dark holiday something a child of the light should be doing?
- Witchcraft is clearly detestable to the Lord (Deut 18:10-13). Shouldn’t something that glorifies witchcraft (just take a walk through the Halloween store) be detestable to me as well?”
- Halloween is a sacred, high holiday for Wiccans (the official religion of witchcraft). Is this a holiday Christians should celebrate alongside Wiccans?
- Is it cute when we dress our kids like the devil (or witches, ghouls, scary characters, etc.)? Isn’t it, well, demonic?
- What if my child dresses in a wholesome fireman costume? Romans 16:19 says that we need to be wise to what is good and innocent of evil. If I let him participate in Halloween, even while dressed as a fireman, aren’t I sending him a mixed message by allowing him to participate in a celebration of evil?
- The Lord said in 2 Cor. 6:17, “Come out from them and be separate … Touch no unclean thing …” Doesn’t God want His children to be set apart from the world and from sin and evil? Aren’t we supposed to be peculiar people?
- Some of my friends thinks it’s ridiculous that we not allow our children to dress up for Halloween. Should their opinions matter to me more than God’s? Shouldn’t pleasing God be my utmost concern?
- If there is even a question in my heart and mind that it might be wrong, shouldn’t that be my first clue? Why would I continue to do so with even a lingering thought that it is wrong?
- Does Halloween bring glory to God? No! It glorifies the devil! Nuff said.
Should Christians Celebrate Halloween?
As a logical thinking person, consider for a moment what you are celebrating and what Halloween is all about. Is the holiday uplifting? Is Halloween pure? Is it lovely, praiseworthy, or of good report? Philippians 4:8 says, “Finally, brethren, 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.” Is Halloween based on godly themes such as the idea of peace, freedom and salvation or does the holiday bring to mind feelings of fear, obsession and bondage?
Additionally, does the Bible sanction witchcraft, witches, and sorcery? On the contrary, the Bible makes it clear that these practices are an abomination to the Lord. The Bible goes on to say in Leviticus 20:27 that anyone who practiced witchcraft, soothsaying, sorcery should be killed. Deuteronomy 18:9-13 adds, “When you come into the land which the Lord your God is giving you, you shall not learn to follow the abominations of those nations. There shall not be found among you … one who practices witchcraft, or a soothsayer, or one who interprets omens, or a sorcerer, or one who conjures spells, or a medium, or a spiritist, or one who calls up the dead. For all who do these things are an abomination to the Lord.”
Is it wrong to celebrate Halloween?
Let’s look at what the Bible adds to this topic in Ephesians 5:11, “And have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather expose them.” This text is calling us to not only have no association with any type of dark activity BUT ALSO to shed light upon this topic to those around us.
As you think about Halloween—its origins and what it stands for—would it be best to spend time dwelling upon its themes or to shed light upon what lies below the surface of this holiday’s celebration. God is calling humanity to follow Him and to “come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing” (2 Corinthians 6:17).
Setting aside a day to celebrate evil, darkness, witchcraft, fear, death and the demonic brings disdain to God. Period. A Christian celebrating Halloween would be like a Satan worshiper putting up a nativity scene at Christmas while singing, “Happy Birthday, Jesus!” The two just don’t go together. Jesus has nothing in common with Satan (2 Cor. 6:14), and neither should we.
So, what did we do instead? Hide in the basement with the lights off? Hustle the family out of the house? No, darkened homes are the enemy’s victory! Where does your light shine the brightest … in the darkness!
Halloween is the one day a year when neighbors come to your door expecting to receive something. So give them JESUS! Our family chose to give God the glory and the devil a black eye by reaching out to our neighbors with the gospel of Jesus Christ! “You are the light of the world … let your light shine among men that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven” (Matt. 5:14-16).
So stop justifying why it is fine to celebrate this demonic, worldly, evil holiday. There are no muddled lines or gray areas about it. A committed follower of Jesus Christ should not celebrate Halloween.
Pray for guidance.
The words “Halloween” and “candy” go together like Ethel and Lucy. It’s hard to think of one without the other, and frankly, most people wouldn’t want to. But can you get your festive fix this holiday without ruining your health? Read on for sweet advice and super fun healthy Halloween tips!
Candy is meant to be a treat, but even when consumed in moderation most (or all) varieties push the wellness envelope. Candy is full of sugar, fats, artificial dyes and GMO’s. We do not want to be feeding our children these types of foods!!! So, how can we have our sweets and stay healthy too?
We need to start redefining candy and the way we celebrate it. Think about it… children are so impressionable. They will believe almost everything you tell them. It is our responsibility as healthy parents to teach our children to enjoy “candy” that is actually super healthy. If you think fruit and natural sweeteners are delicious your children will follow suit.
And yes… this means you might go without candy this Halloween season. But think about this logically. Your child’s health is the most important thing in the world! Nothing (except their relationship with God) comes before their health. So, why do we celebrate candy? This is just pure junk going into their God given bodies. Why are parents justifying putting poison (in the form of processed sugar) into their children’s bodies in the name of Halloween? Is it because they think that their children are going to miss out on the “fun”. Fun meaning cramming their small bodies with loads of sugar, fats, GMO’s and food coloring.
I feel another blog steaming in my head about my thoughts on Halloween. Ummm, stay tune next week.
It is our responsibility to teach our children healthy eating habits. So, this holiday season do what is right and ditch the candies and replace them with wholesome, healthy and delicious treats.
Now, you might be thinking to yourself, my child has already tasted candy and they know there will be a plethora of candy for them on Halloween. How am I going to give them health treats this year when they are expecting junk candy? How are we going to go Trick or Treating and not eat the candy?
The answer is to start now, start explaining to your children the hidden secrets in candy and how they can damage your body. Start to celebrate healthy treats. Eliminate all candy intake in your home and start incorporating healthy habits. It might take a while to transform your child’s taste buds, but trust me it will happen! We serve a good God and He wants what is best for us and our children. He will help guide you and help make the much needed transformation in your child’s mind and mouth.
Pray for guidance! Never stop praying.
I suggests considering fruit and vegetable-based treats made with Halloween themes, and involving all generations in the preparation and assembly as a fun activity and to encourage healthier snacking.
You can make creepy, crawly spider sandwiches for your little ones. Use whole grain bread and raisins for their facial features.
To keep the fun rolling and your health on track, give your children fruit cups. These are a huge deal for Adoniah. She only gets fresh fruit, so to get a fruit cup is a big deal. Once again, your child will think whatever you want them to think. Start setting aside fun snacks you can save for holidays like fruit cups.
Another fan favorite is popcorn bags with chocolate coconut shreds, yum! Boxes of raisins are a fun treat for the kids, they are little and easy to eat this sweet treat.
Annie’s has some wonderful fruit sweetened candies. Featured in this picture is their fruit roll-ups.
I hope you all have a healthy holiday season!