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The Origins of Halloween

The Bible does not mention Halloween. However, both the ancient origins of Halloween and its modern customs show it to be a celebration based on false beliefs about the dead and invisible spirits, or demons.

Deuteronomy 18:10-12 (NKJV)

There shall not be found among you anyone who makes his son or his daughter pass through the fire, or 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, and because of these abominations the Lord your God drives them out from before you.

While some view Halloween as harmless fun, the Bible indicates that the practices associated with it are not.

1 Corinthians 10:20 (NKJV)

Rather, that the things which the Gentiles sacrifice they sacrifice to demons and not to God, and I do not want you to have fellowship with demons.

You cannot drink the cup of the Lord and the cup of demons too.

Halloween history and customs

The origin of Halloween can be traced to this ancient pagan festival celebrated by Celtic people over 2,000 years ago. “The Celts believed that the dead could walk among the living at this time. During Samhain, the living could visit with the dead. However, the Bible clearly teaches that the dead “are conscious of nothing at all.”

Ecclesiastes 9:5 (NKJV)

For the living know that they will die; But the dead know nothing, And they have no more reward, For the memory of them is forgotten.

Thus, they cannot contact the living.

According to the book Halloween​—An American Holiday, An American History, some of the Celts wore ghoulish costumes so that wandering spirits would mistake them for one of their own and leave them alone. Others offered sweets to the spirits to appease them.

In medieval Europe, the Catholic clergy adopted local pagan customs and had their adherents go from house to house wearing costumes and requesting small gifts. The Bible, on the other hand, does not permit merging false religious practices with the worship of God.​

2 Corinthians 6:17(NKJV)

Therefore “Come out from among them And be separate, says the Lord. Do not touch what is unclean, And I will receive you.”

Ghosts, vampires, werewolves, witches, and zombies: These have long been associated with the evil spirit world. The Bible clearly states that we should oppose wicked spirit forces, not celebrate with them.​

Ephesians 6:12 (NKJV)

For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places.

Halloween pumpkins, or jack-o’-lanterns: In medieval Britain, “supplicants moved from door to door asking for food in return for a prayer for the dead,” and they would carry “hollowed-out turnip lanterns, whose candle connoted a soul trapped in purgatory.” Others say that the lanterns were used to ward off evil spirits.

During the 1800’s in North America, pumpkins replaced turnips because they were plentiful as well as easy to hollow out and carve. The beliefs behind this custom​, the immortality of the soul, purgatory, and prayers for the dead​ are not based on the Bible.

A Christian should not participate in the darker aspects of Halloween, but instead use that time to shine God's love and light onto others. But it also means that we should not pour hate, judgment, or guilt on those who disagree with our own view On a night that often celebrates wickedness, be a light walking through the darkness.

God Bless, Israel

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