Ten Reasons Christians Should Not Celebrate Halloween
by J. Kerby Anderson
Many in our secular society believe Halloween is nothing more
than a harmless festival that allows kids to collect candy. But
is it? Its origins lie deeply rooted in the occult, and Christians
should stay away. Here are ten reasons why.
1. October 31st has long been known as "The Festival
of the Dead." The Celtic tribes and their priests the Druids
celebrated this day as a marker for the change from life to death.
2. Halloween today is performed usually by adherents of witchcraft
who use the night for their rituals. Witches celebrate Halloween
as the "Feast of Samhain," the first feast of the witchcraft
year. Being a festival of the dead, Halloween is a time when
witches attempt to communicate with the dead through various
forms of divination.
3. Christians should not be involved with occultic practice
or divination. Note God's command against divination in Deuteronomy
4. Occultists believe Halloween is a time of transition between
life and death. Some occult practitioners practiced divination
and believed you could learn the secrets of life and wisdom by
Iying on a grave and listening to the messages from the long-departed.
5. Occultists also taught that spirits and ghosts left the
grave during this night and would seek out warmth in their previous
homes. Villagers, fearful of the possibility of being visited
by the ghosts of past occupants, would dress up in costumes to
scare the spirits on their way. They would also leave food and
other treats at their door to appease the spirits so they would
not destroy their homes or crops but instead move on down the
road. That is the real reason why kids dress up in costumes today
and go door-to-door seeking treats.
6. Occultists also would try to scare away the spirits by
carving a scary face into a pumpkin. This horrible visage would
hopefully move the spirit on to another home or village and spare
that home from destruction. Sometimes the villagers would light
a candle and place it within the pumpkin and use it as a lantern
(hence the name, Jack-o-Lantern). This is the origin of carving
pumpkins at Halloween.
7. In some witchcraft covens, the closing ritual includes
eating an apple or engaging in fertility rites. In the Bible
(Genesis 3), eating a piece of fruit brought sin and death into
the world. In witchcraft, eating an apple is symbolic of bringing
life. The practice of bobbing for apples brings together two
pagan traditions: divination and the fertility ritual.
8. Schools are removing any religious significance from Christmas
(often called winter break) and Easter (spring break). Isn't
it ironic that most public schools still celebrate Halloween
even though it has occultic origins?
9. Participating in Halloween gives sanction to a holiday
that promotes witches, divination, haunted houses, and other
10. Christians should avoid Halloween and develop creative
alternatives. Churches can hold a Fall Fun Festival and/or celebrate
Reformation Day (also October 31). They should not endorse or
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is the president of Probe Ministries International. He received
his B.S. from Oregon State University, M.F.S. from Yale University,
and M.A. from Georgetown University. He is the author of several
books, including Genetic Engineering, Origin Science, Living
Ethically in the 90s, Signs of Warning, Signs of Hope, and
Moral Dilemmas. He also served as general editor for Marriage,
Family and Sexuality.
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