Whether you celebrate Halloween or not is your personal discretion. Contrary to the title, we live under free will. Since I have your attention however, allow me to breakdown Halloween from Christian premise. Then make your own conclusion, whether you’re Christian or not.
Halloween has Celtic origins. It is based off an ancient Celt festival called Samhain, where bonfires (which we now know as Jack-O-Lanterns) and costumes were used to ward off ghost. Celts used costumes to hide their appearance. Avoiding the recognition of ghosts, Celts were able to travel during the night.
*2 Timothy 1:7 “For God has not given us a spirit of fear but of power, and of love and of a sound mind.”
*Ephesians 6:12 “For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places”
*Are there evil spirits? Yes, however; God did not give us spirit fear. We don’t need mask or costumes. The Holy Spirit inside of us is our protector and connector to Christ.
Celts also believed that the presence of these spirits made it easier for their high priest to make prophecies. These high priests, known as Druids would create “bonfires” where they would make sacrifices to the Celtic gods.
*Exodus 20:3 “You shall have no other gods before me.” This is the first commandment God gave us. He is very clear. As Christians we are to never put any person, place or things before him. These are idols.
Does everyone who celebrates Halloween have ill intentions? Of course they don’t, therefore; it is important (especially for Christians) to know the history of what we celebrate. Many of us blindly participate in this celebration, having no idea of the history. By participating in Halloween (costumes, trick or treating, and jack-o-lanterns) we indirectly support its beliefs. We give honor to an event that dishonors our God. At its very core Halloween defies biblical teachings, and as Christians that should bother us.
By Samuel Prince