Revisiting Halloween

Listening When He Speaks

Following is a re-post (with some edits and updates) regarding Halloween. Now before you click off the page, I urge you to prayerfully and Biblically consider the ramifications of your family’s participation in this so-called holiday…

It is the middle of October and as orange, yellow, and red leaves flutter and fall to the ground, there is something else twirling about in the crisp autumn air…

I know this topic isn’t going to make me any friends and it very well may confuse and/or alienate current friends and family, but it is something that needs to be said. It is something that needs to be brought out of the dark. Quite literally.

Do you set aside your Christian values as a means to accommodate society’s celebration of Halloween? 

The Bible does not give us the option to obey God’s word when it works out with our neighbors. No, quite to the contrary, God tells us how to live. Each. And. Every. Day. 

As Christians, we are different than the secular world and our way of life ought to be a reflection of God.

As a pastor at our church said during an October sermon when he addressed the question posed to him about Halloween…

1. it desensitizes children to evil

2. it trivializes the demonic

3. it excuses bad behavior as “mischief”

4. it commonly invites young people to drinking & drugs

5. it gives Satan home court advantage

The Scripture teaches us 

we are to train up our children 

in the right way to go (Pr. 22:6).

That would include training them to resist 

spiritual wickedness 

and guarding them from darkness (Eph. 5:11). 

In addition:

~ Parents have the capacity to understand 
the influences of Halloween,

children don’t… (Eph. 6:1)

~ Parents have the responsibility 
of rightly influencing children,

children don’t…(De. 6:4-9)

~ Parents have the warning from Scripture 
to not confuse their children,

children don’t… (De. 18:9-11)

As Christian parents, we must not distort known Biblical truths, even for one night of the year, despite the plea of children and the protests of adults. It is our responsibility to protect our little ones from the evils associated with Halloween. Even if it is watered down with cutesy costumes and bags of candy, it is still a satanic-linked celebration. We need to stand firm in our Christian values each day of the year.

As many of you know, I grew up participating in typical Halloween fashion, but since committing my life to the Lord as an adult and learning of His will for me, I gladly am changing my ways. And I take seriously the job God has given to me in raising my son to be a Warrior for Christ.

As Christians, when we reconsider our participation in certain events, holidays, and/or traditions, it is important to replace the old ways with new activities. Don’t make children want for what they don’t have by leaving a gaping void in their lives, rather fill it with something special that would glorify God.

An often overlooked, but important Christian event to celebrate October 31st is The Reformation and Martin Luther’s story. Your family, friends, a big bowl of popped corn, and a film covering this topic would be an excellent replacement for costumes and candy.

When seeking God’s will for you and your family I know that there are issues and events that will spark confusion and frustration among your family and friends. 

Just remember 
that while it isn’t easy 
for you to swim against 
the current of society’s norms 
and secular behaviors, 
it wasn’t an easy task 
for Jesus 

What Does God Say?

God has zero tolerance for the occult 
and treats it very seriously.

“There shall not be found among you anyone who . . .
practices witchcraft, or one who interprets omens,
or a sorcerer, or one who casts a spell, or a medium,
or a spiritist, or one who calls up the dead.

For whoever does these things 
is detestable 

to the Lord.”

(Deuteronomy 18: 10-12)

“You shall not . . . practice divination or soothsaying.

Do not turn to mediums or spiritists.
(Leviticus 19:26, 31)

* above section in italics was taken from newsletter #257: The Occult & Halloween by The Teaching HomePlease visit the following link for more information, insight, and resources concerning this topic
* on-line version of their email newsletter

Apparently this post has a hitch in its get-along because I have battled the formatting and that crazy lone “e” off and on today. Oh well, I reckon I made my point even without perfection in the land of blog.


5 thoughts on “Revisiting Halloween”

  1. Love the new title picture…got my prints today. Gave the two matted ones to my wife for her classroom…the mailbox is for my office at work. Daughter gets the other one for her room. Oh, a lot to think about with your post. Thanks, Darlene.

  2. Thanks so much for your photograph order at For The Least of These, Jeff! Your purchase bought hope for the hungry and love for the lonely. May God bless you as you have blessed others, friend!

  3. I have been anti-Halloween since the late 1960s when I was brought to the understanding of what it is connected to and all about. Nothing since! My kids [just being born when I came to this] fought me for years, and now my g-kids just think that G-ma is mean about it. [my husband is the same, but they are quicker to get at me since my reactions are more direct].Thanks for putting this out there so clearly and frankly. You might take a hit or so, but you're doing the right thing as our culture becomes more and more "spirit" oriented…

  4. I'm a few days late, but I was delighted to read this post and I whole-heartedly agre, though I could never have put it into words as you have- well done, good and faithful servant!! Sadly we down under in new Zealand are copying this custom, but more and more Christians from churches combine in an area to throw 'light' parties as an alternative- a fun time with healthy Christian entertainment for families. Maybe we need to export this custom over to the US of A ? It's always good to take a stand for what we believe, even if we take some hits- in heaven you may met many who will express gratitude to you for sharing this TRUTH.Many blessings.

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