Should Christians celebrate Halloween? This question has been asked by many people, but doesn’t really have an easy answer.
The American popularity of Halloween is getting bigger and bigger. We spend $5 billion dollars annually on Halloween, but is it something Christians should be participating in?
Here are a few things Halloween facts to consider:
- Halloween is mostly a western custom and it has no direct reference in the Bible.
- There are Biblical principles that correlate to the celebration of Halloween.
- Halloween means the evening before All Hallows Day or All Saint’s Day, celebrated on November 1.
- The origin of Halloween comes from ancient Celtic harvest festivals.
Now that you have some simple facts, here are a few Bible verses you should read before you go trick or treating:
9 When you enter the land the LORD your God is giving you, do not learn to imitate the detestable ways of the nations there. 10 Let no one be found among you who sacrifices their son or daughter in the fire, who practices divination or sorcery, interprets omens, engages in witchcraft, 11 or casts spells, or who is a medium or spiritist or who consults the dead. 12 Anyone who does these things is detestable to the LORD; because of these same detestable practices the LORD your God will drive out those nations before you. 13 You must be blameless before the LORD your God.
19 The acts of the flesh are obvious: sexual immorality, impurity and debauchery; 20 idolatry and witchcraft; hatred, discord, jealousy, fits of rage, selfish ambition, dissensions, factions 21 and envy; drunkenness, orgies, and the like. I warn you, as I did before, that those who live like this will not inherit the kingdom of God.
2 Chronicles 33:6
6 He sacrificed his children in the fire in the Valley of Ben Hinnom, practiced divination and witchcraft, sought omens, and consulted mediums and spiritists. He did much evil in the eyes of the LORD, arousing his anger.
15 To the pure, all things are pure, but to those who are corrupted and do not believe, nothing is pure. In fact, both their minds and consciences are corrupted.