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Should Christians Observe Halloween? Boo Humbug!

Should Christians Observe Halloween? Boo Humbug!

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It’s that time of year again. Vampires, ghouls, ghosts and skeletons will be haunting our doorways. American retailers celebrate a 7 billion dollar a year candy, card and costume business ($1.5 billion in Canada).

I was driving in Madison (outskirts of Nashville, TN) and saw two Halloween stores within a few blocks. Stores devoted to Halloween! In between the two was a Party Story decked out with monsters and skeletons.

Sound like I’m making a big deal out of nothing? Do these images bother you?I don’t want my children exposed to the store fronts.

Halloween is not just a time for cornstalks, pumpkins, apples and cute and not-so-cute costumes. There is much, much more. Before deciding to celebrate or not celebrate any holiday, it is important to understand the history of that holiday.

Before we look at the history and what the Bible says about pagan holidays answer these questions:

  • How would you feel if your spouse kept photos of his or her former girlfriend of boyfriend?
  • How would you feel if he or she celebrated an anniversary of special times with another after marrying you?
  • Our God is a jealous God demanding exclusive devotion (Exodus 20:5). Do you think He cares if you encourage your children to partake in a holiday that honors Satan, the god of this world?

Halloween’s History

Halloween’s roots come from the ancient Celts, a tribe living about 2,000 years ago in the areas that are now Ireland, Great Britain and northern France.

The Celts were first described as a fierce, warlike, terrifying people, many of whom would have strings of human heads tied on their bridles.

Halloween was their main holiday a festival that honored the  the end of the harvest. The celebration marked the beginning of the season of cold, darkness, and decay. It has some elements of a festival of the dead.

The Gaels the dead could  reach back through the veil that separated them from the living. The  custom of wearing costumes and masks, was an attempt to copy the spirits or placate them.

Encyclopedia Britannica, 11 edition, Volume 12 says:

“It was a Druidic belief that on the eve of this festival, Saman, lord of death, called together the wicked souls that within the past 12 months had been condemned to inhabit the bodies of animals…” (pp. 847-858)

Yearbook of English Festivals by Dorothy Gladys Spicer says:

“All Hallows’ Eve or All Hallow E’en, with its tradition of witches, ghosts, hobgoblins and spirits, its games and incantations, still is a gay time for pranks and parties in many North country homes. Fun-loving Americans have borrowed from their British ancestors many Hallow E’en games such as apple-bobbing, nut roasting and tossing of apple parings. Transplanted to the New World soil, the old practices have become revitalized, and currently are observed with more enthusiasm than in the country of their birth.”

“To ancient Druids, the end of October commemorated the festival of the waning year, when the sun began his downward course and ripened grain was garnered from the fields.” “Samhain, or ‘Summer’s End,’ as this feast to the dying sun was called, was celebrated with human sacrifice, augury and prayers; for at this season spirits walked, and evil had power over souls of men.”

“Not until the fourth century did the pagan vigil for the god of light give way to All Hallows, the mass for Christian saints; and not until the tenth, did the Druids’ death feast become All Souls’ the day of prayer for souls that had entered rest. Cakes for the dead were substituted for human sacrifice, fortune-telling for heathen augury, lighted candles for the old Baal fires.”

Halloween in the United States

In the United States, many early American settlers brought with them various customs such as the above. However, because of Christianity among so many of the settlers, Halloween celebrations were not celebrated until the 1800’s when several immigrants from Ireland and Scotland introduced their Halloween customs. They brought various beliefs about ghosts and witches with them. Other groups added their own cultural influences to Halloween customs. German immigrants brought a vivid witchcraft lore, and Haitian and African peoples brought their native voodoo beliefs about black cats, fire, and witchcraft.

All Saints Day, a day the seventh century church set aside for remembering early Christians who died for their beliefs, was first celebrated in the month of May. By the year 900 the date was combined with the pagan rituals to be celebrated November 1. Another name for All Saints Day was All Hallows. October 31 was known as All Hallows Eve which was shortened to Halloween. The church made a grave mistake trying to combine pagan worship with Christianity. This is not scriptural! Because of that unwise decision, Halloween remains a holiday in America today.

Scriptures warn us that the sins of the fathers are visited upon the third and fourth generations.

You shall not bow down to them nor serve them. For I, the Lord your God, am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers on the children to the third and fourth generations of those who hate Me. Exodus 20:5.

Those who disregard God’s warning and make contact with occult spirits risk terrible repercussions in the form of misery, sickness, insanity and even early death.

Why do people living in this age, especially Christians, desire to be a part of any ungodly worship? This pagan belief, even celebrated by Christian churches, celebrates the union of gods and a goddess in the universe that supposedly control the seasons, bring fertility to crops and animals, and bestow magical powers on their followers.

What Does the Bible Say About Halloween?halloween christians

Although the Bible doesn’t specifically mention Halloween by name, it makes it very clear that the origins and practices of Halloween (adapting pagan customs or borrowing the ways of those who worship a false god and using them to worship the true God) are detestable to God. Deuteronomy 12:29-32. The Bible clearly teaches us to say “no” to ungodliness and worldly passions and to live self-controlled, upright and godly lives in this present age.

Now, therefore, fear the LORD and serve Him in sincerity and truth; and put away the gods which your fathers served beyond the River and in Egypt, and serve the LORD. Joshua 24:14

When you enter the land the Lord your God is giving you, do not learn to imitate the detestable ways of the nations there. Let no one be found among you who…practices divination or sorcery, interprets omens, engages in witchcraft, or casts spells, or who is a medium, or spiritist or who consults the dead. Deuteronomy 18:9-11

Ephesians 5:1 tells us to be imitators of God. Our Lord Jesus would not go to a party to honor the feast of the Samhain. Moses did not come down from Mount Sinai and combine the Israelites Passover holiday with the idol worship that was going on. Allowing children to dress as witches and sorcerers or hanging evil decorations in our windows is imitating that which is evil.

Do not be unequally yoked together with unbelievers. For what fellowship has righteousness with lawlessness? And what communion has light with darkness? And what accord has Christ with Belial? Or what part has a believer with an unbeliever? And what agreement has the temple of God with idols? For you are the temple of the living God. As God has said: I will dwell in them and walk among them. I will be their God, And they shall be My people. Therefore Come out from among them and be separate, says the Lord. Do not touch what is unclean, and I will receive you.

The verse says, “come out from among them, says the Lord.” Does that mean come out from among them–but don’t deprive your children from all that fun and candy — celebrate the same pagan ritual in your church building? The Bible is very clear about Christians being involved in such celebrations. Ephesians 5:8-11 says,

For you were once darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. Walk as children of light for the fruit of the Spirit is in all goodness, righteousness, and truth), finding out what is acceptable to the Lord. And have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather expose them.

Halloween is more than childish fun.Witches have eight special holidays during the year. Halloween is their day above all days. Witchcraft is not child’s play. It is an abomination to the Lord. Johanna Michaleson, former occultist and author of The Beautiful Side of Evil said, “For a true Christian to participate in the ancient trappings of Halloween is as incongruous as for a committed Satanist coming from blood sacrifices on Christmas Eve to set up a nativity scene in his living room singing Silent Night, Holy Night with sincere devotion to baby Jesus!”

One thing Halloween should not be for the Christian is a time of fear. It should be a time to rejoice in the fact that The Son of God appeared for this purpose, that He might destroy the works of the devil. (1 John 3:8). This is a time of spiritual warfare. October 31 should be spent in prayer for the community and children; a time of worship by singing praise to the Lord. This can be a good time to teach our children to sacrifice by not sharing in the rituals because you love the Lord. Whatever your family decides to do on this day, ask yourself, “Does it glorify the Lord?”

…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; you cannot partake of the Lord’s table and of the table of demons. Leviticus 17:7.

Halloween and Purim?

Someone recently mentioned they thought Halloween came from the holiday Purim. It is true children dress up during Purim to reenact the story of Esther but it has nothing to do with Halloween.

Halloween is centuries older and Purim costumes are Bible characters. Purim is observed on the fourteenth day of the Hebrew month of Adar (February-March). It is a celebration of the deliverance of the Persian Jews over one of the most dastardly plots in history to exterminate the Jewish people. The book of Esther tells the story.

How Do You Deal With Halloween?

Candy wrapper and bag toppers with Scripture is a way to witness to neighborhood children.

Share your Halloween experience in the comments. Did your family put away Halloween? How did your children handle the decision? How does your church handle this holiday? Is there anything wrong with compromising and promoting a Christian Halloween?

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233 comments

  1. Yes and amen!

    We have never ‘done’ Halloween. I don’t think it’s quite as big here in Australia as it is in the US. I cannot believe that some people think it is a harmless time of fun and games! I can’t believe that some churches participate by having parties or structure their kids club programs around it – outreach or not.

    Good article Robin…I’ll be linking to it.

  2. Very good comparison of how I would feel if my husband kept pictures of a former girlfriend. I would not be a happy camper. Our marriage would suffer, to say the least! You are so right about God being a jealous God. He is so wonderful and perfect and loving, why would we ever want to hurt His heart like that?

    Penney

  3. Angela

    I’m a former Christian who is looking forward to Samhain (Halloween). My children will dress as cartoon characters and we’ll pass out candy. But what I’m looking forward to is recognizing the turning of another wheel of a year. I’m probably speaking on a moot point, but not only do I not worship the Devil, I don’t believe in the Devil. Any evil within the world has been created by its inhabitants.

  4. I have struggled with what to do with Halloween over the years and gone back and forth about what we do. I’m interested to know if you would have the same convictions about Christmas? It seems to me if we choose not to celebrate Halloween we should not celebrate Christmas either — as I understand, it also has very pagan roots but doesn’t tend to be as controversial. Easter would probably be in there as well. Just curious as to what you think??

  5. Robin,
    We have never celebrated Halloween and dont plan to. Last night in my children’s class we talked about Hallelujah night we will be having next week. That is an alternative, but as for me I would rather stay home and pray. But so many of the children do celebrate Halloween. I guess its how your conviction goes? Be Blessed!

  6. G’day Robin,
    Excellent! It is an enormous encouragement to read passionate posts from likeminded people, especially when likeminded people are in the minority! Anyway, Chrissy keeps reading me your posts and I’ve noticed a lack of blokes in your comments so I thought I’d throw one in every now and then… don’t worry… it’s probably just a phase. God Bless :)

  7. Sharon Sue

    we really never have celebrated Halloween. When I was a kid (I am 53) we lived in the country and in those days country/farm kids didn’t do Halloween-it was the town kids who went trick or treating. There were a couple years that I went with my cousins-I hated it-it frightened me terribly!!!!! One year my mother and a couple of her friends played tricks on some other friends-I was young but thought it was mean. When we got married and had a home of our own in a small town, I resented that I was expected to spend a bunch of money on candy to give out to other people’s kids!!!!!

    So from an early age I didn’t like Halloween. Then in my 20’s as a Christian I read a few items on the evil behind it. So I did some research in the Bible. I read through the New Testament and jotted down all the verses having anything to do with witchcraft, sorrcery, spells, magic, etc. I decided right there and then that none of this would be a part of our lives. God hated these things so I wanted nothing to do with them!!!!!!

    We have had to “fight” for the right to not celebrate Halloween but it was a great decision. All of my children have understood the difference between pleasing God and doing things that please God. The other day my oldest daughter told me about her 4yo son who saw several houses with Halloween decorations-he commented “those people need to know about Jesus”!!!!!!!!! Praise God.

    Over the years, Halloween has become bigger than any other “holiday” in our area. (It really makes me upset that Halloween over shadows Thanksgiving.) The decorations in the stores come out in early September-this year I saw some in late August!!!!!!! Many homes are decorated-it is so ugly and discusting!!! However, for those of us who have refused to participate a couple things have improved: the schools in our area have fall parties but with no Halloween as part of it and for the most part, if we do not have our porch light on the Trick or Treaters will stay away!!!!!!!

    I try to just ignore Halloween each year but it always does bother me that the ugliness spoils the beauty of God’s creation-in our area the fall is so very beautiful.

    I do not understand why Christians celebrate Halloween or even question if they should. I also do not understand churches having “alternative” parties-most of these that I have known of are just cleaned up Halloween parties.

    Well, anyway, Robin, thank you for your blog post on the subject.

  8. Vienna

    Halloween was never a problem for me and my family or my husband until we had children. I remember having loads of fun getting candy. It was all about the candy. I also got a few salvation tracts in my bag. I used to think that was a slick move wrapping a salvation track around a candy bar.

    When my first boy was 2 or three I dressed him up and we would go trick or treating on the military base where we lived. That place was like walking through a mall! You could walk for miles and fill large paper grocery bags full of candy. I have to admit it was a lot of fun. (Keeping the sugar frenzy afterward to a minimum wasn’t though.)

    But a couple of years ago we just didn’t have a good feeling about it anymore. Especially when we would watch t.v. and all the commercials and shows started being dedicated to horror. So my husband started saying Halloween was stupid. And now the kiddos hollar out everytime they see a carved pumpkin, “Halloween is stupid!” What can I say, I duck my head and hurry by.

    To avoid having to stay home with the lights off hiding from trick or treaters our church started “Hallelujah Night” to give everyone an outlet and so the kids don’t feel like they are missing anything. The cost to go is a bag of candy which is promptly dealt out among a carnival of game booths where you throw darts at ballons, knock cans over, make basketball throws, ect.. for prize candy. They even have a cake walk. The kids love it, and I don’t have to buy candy nor hide in my house all night.

  9. Deanne

    Hi Robin,
    Thank you for taking on this challenging topic. My family and I have not “celebrated” Halloween for many years and have received ridicule from family, neighbors and even Church friends. When the children were younger, I found a Alternative to Halloween devotion on the Christian martyrs and leaders (Ann Hibbard). This study encouraged parents to give candy for correct answers, which satisfied the children’s desire for candy. As they have grown, we transitioned to spending the day in prayer, and at times fasting, for our nation and churches..
    Bless you Robin for this brave post.
    Love Deanne

  10. This is a tough one and brings up a variety of issues. Essentially, I agree. We do not really celebrate Halloween, mostly for the reasons you give.

    But it also brings me to think of other pagan practices accepted in the church…like the wearing of a wedding ring. The origins are almost completely separated from the practice, so is the problem really about the origins? Or with what it means today?

  11. Our kids have never celebrated Halloween. Even without knowing a thourough history, I don’t want to be part of a celebration that exalts the evil and scary.

    But we do take the opportunity to minister to our community. We live in a small town, and I would bet that EVERY kid comes to our door. We greet them with a smile, a treat, and a tract or invitation to Sunday School. Sometimes we chat and catch up with the parents. We can use this chance to re-enforce relationships and be approachable. We are already viewed as being a little “off”, and this lets others know that we are friendly, normal people.

    If we hid in the basement with the lights off, we wouldn’t be able to explain to anyone why we don’t celebrate, (because of our love for Jesus and to honour Him). They would have one more reason to avoid us downtown.

    We have prayed about and discussed this together and it’s the best way we feel we can make and keep relationships in our specific community (which is what evangelism and discipleship are largely about – relationships).

  12. Thanks for sending me to your blog. I have no fear of Halloween and believe God is bigger than any cultural practice. I celebrate Christmas and Easter with all of their pagan trapping, and so see no reason to hide from Halloween either. Christians have redeemed those other holidays to enjoy and worship God through, and the faith I am part of can take the good from Halloween as well to create an fun holiday. This is the one night of the year when all the neighbors come out and form community. I can be Christ to my neighbors more by welcoming them than by condemning them.

    And on the topic of what the Bible says about interacting with other religions – what exactly do you do with 2 Kings 5, especially verses 18-19?

  13. A group of Christians have just had a synchroblog on the general topic of Halloween, with several interesting posts from various points of view.

    You can see them at: Who stole Halloween?

  14. I agree with Dana. What happens in our culture is that reality shifts based on the culture. The culture in America has believed for so long that Halloween is a fun harmless event…the history is absolutely irrelevant at this point in time. So the perception of it is now the truth of it. Our culture has hi-jacked a once pagan ritual and made it a fun wholesome tradition and that’s pretty cool.

    Don’t read into this and think I am saying that truth is not absolute. But if you really want to…then I am, because perception is reality….case – in – point.

  15. Christians are a superstitious people and what civilised others recognise as a fun day with a scary theme derived from ancient practice is little different from an even scarier special day… Easter. Eating flesh and blood, whipping, crucifixion, thorns… all carted out and even re-enacted in costumes by some.

    Here’s a thing. I don’t think born again Christians should be celebrating their birthdays because that’s the day they were born into ‘sin’! To celebrate that day makes baby Jesus cry. Instead, they should be celebrating the anniversaries of their born-again day. If you continue to celebrate the birthday, rather than the re-birthday you spit at Jesus everytime. Just a thought.

  16. It is true that God’s Word is clear about pagan customs, but we shouldn’t let modern pagans rewrite history:

    The observance of various celebrations of All Saints arose in the late 300s, and these were united and fixed on November 1 in the late 700s. The origin of All Saints Day and of All Saints Eve in Mediterranean Christianity had nothing to do with Celtic Druidism or the Church’s fight against Druidism (assuming there ever even was any such thing as Druidism, which is actually a myth concocted in the 19th century by neo-pagans.)

    It was modern pagans who co-opted Halloween from the forgetful modern church, not the other way around. Still, Christians are under no obligation to celebrate Halloween or any other church holiday that isn’t in Scripture.

  17. Thank you, thank you, thank you! This was such a wonderful resource. You are so very right that we shouldn’t fear the holiday. I am just trying to get that into my mind. That people in costumes mean me no harm if I remember that my God is bigger than them. God Bless you for putting this together and spreading the light.

  18. WOW! What an awesome response you have had to this topic. I too posted about this on my blog. My natural reaction to this day is to hide in my house, but we don’t. We don’t celebrate the day rather use it to witness & share Jesus with our neighbors. I think scripture is clear about our role as christians when it comes to these types of things, but I don’t think a lot of Christian people really think about it. They trick or treated as kids & they turned out o’k so their kids will to. They don’t think about on a God level. Thanks Robin!!

  19. Did anyone answer KARA’s question about celebrating Easter & Christmas? Kara, there are also books (on the HOW website as well as other places) that address this subject. And I’m certain that there is a link in the archives that would educate you better on this than I could in this small space. Just checking to make sure you rec’d some answers on this vital topic!

  20. Here is an answer to Julie’s question: “And on the topic of what the Bible says about interacting with other religions – what exactly do you do with 2 Kings 5, especially verses 18-19?”

    The following is what Matthew Henry said in his Complete Commentary concerning this passage.

    “In instance he under-did it, that he reserved to himself a liberty to bow in the house of Rimmon, in complaisance to the king his master, and according to the duty of his place at court (v. 18), in this thing he must be excused. He owns he ought not to do it, but that he cannot otherwise not do it, but that he cannot otherwise keep his place,–protests that his bowing is not, nor ever shall be, as it had been, in honour to the idol, but only in honour to the king,–and therefore he hopes God will forgive him. Perhaps, all things considered, this might admit of some apology, though it was not justifiable. But, as to us, I am sure, (1.) If, in covenanting with God, we make a reservation for any known sin, which we will continue to indulge ourselves in, that reservation is a defeasance of his covenant. We must cast away all our transgressions and not except any house of Rimmon. (2.) Though we are encouraged to pray for the remission of the sins we have committed, yet, if we ask for a dispensation to go on in any sin for the future, we mock God, and deceive ourselves. (3.) Those that know not how to quit a place at court when they cannot keep it without sinning against God, and wronging their consciences, do not rightly value the divine favour. (4.) Those that truly hate evil will make conscience of abstaining from all appearances of evil. Though Naaman’s dissembling his religion cannot be approved, yet because his promise to offer no sacrifice to any god but the God of Israel only was a great point gained with a Syrian, and because, by asking pardon in this matter, he showed such a degree of conviction and ingenuousness as gave hopes of improvement, the prophet took fair leave of him, and bade him Go in peace, v. 19. Young converts must be tenderly dealt with.”

    Hope this helps!

  21. Concerning Kara’s question: neather Christmas, nor Easter nor Halloween are really of pagan origin.

    In the case of Easter, see Easter — Christian or pagan.

    In the case of Halloween, see Who stole Halloween?, in which I show that neopagan claims that Christians “stole” Halloween from pagans are unfounded, and that it is the other way round.

  22. nice website keep up to good work

  23. Hi Robbin,
    Hope your feeling better? well we haven’t celebrated Halloween and don’t plan to, we usually go to church for a fall festival or some other alternative. Don’t feel Im missing anything!!!

  24. Loved the comment from Homemanager10.

    We didn’t have to put halloween away. I accepted Jesus as my Saviour 5 months before we were married. I had been a Catholic (in name, mostly, though I had attended a Catholic school grades K-6)and obviously, lived for the world before my life was renewed in Jesus/Yeshua.

    When this happened, I saw evil for what it was. Period. There is no other way to put it. When you go from living a life of sin and immorality, delving into things that are evil, you can recognize it when you see it. Witches, black cats, skeletons, all the pagan harvest items… they are simply a reflection of the evil of Halloween.
    Today, the more evil and grotesque the better…

    Fortunately, my husband grew up under the Scriptural instruction of his Grandmother who walked and talked Scriptures and recognized spiritual things.
    So, our children grew up knowing that halloween is an evil, pagan holiday that we, as Believers do not celebrate. AT ALL. Not even at church.
    You asked, Is compromising and making it christian ok? Well, let’s apply that to other pagan and evil practices. It making evil christian ok? NO.

    Why do we do it and justify it? Because we do not know a HOLY God. We know God, and we know the grace of the Saviour, so we figure that the grace must be the covering for what we deem the “rigidity” of a Holy God. We don’t consider that he MEANT IT.
    However, when you see evil as he sees evil – vile, disgusting and not to be played around with and sugar-coated, you see that he really did mean it, and we really are to be Holy and perfect in HIM. SEPARATE from partaking of Evil of all kinds.

    Evil is evil. We cry out and become disgusted at evil we deem evil. It is time we deem evil as a HOLY GOD does.

    Sorry for the soapbox…
    Great info.

    Blessings~

  25. For a long time God kept me in Kings and Chronicles reading about the succession of Jewish kings. Things like celebrating Halloween, Christmas, and Easter makes me think of two things:

    Solomon as wise as he was, and a person who was able to speak intimately with the Lord, was still seduced by his wives to worship their false gods. He was warned by God, and Solomon did not heed the warning. You start to marry yourself off to pagan wives and at first it is okay, but then slowly but surely they will start to seduce you into thinking ‘Well this is okay, and surely that is okay…’

    Another thing I think about is “Such and such did that which was right with the Lord; however he did not get rid of the high places.”

    It’s not JUST about doing that which was right, it’s about getting rid of your high places and putting away the seducing spirits.

  26. My marriage has suffered because of me not wanting to let our children trick or treat, I’ve brought it up and my DH gets upset, so I do what my husband desires. As I said on FB one cannot judge my heart in this regard. And again stay clear of grocery stores, craft stores, store flyers, libraries during this time as well because they all have vampires, skull and cross bones. I’d prefer not to trick or treat but we also aren’t celebrating Halloween. Please don’t judge as you don’t know what is going on in that family that is Christian and does trick or treat.

  27. My husband and I do not celebrate Halloween or allow our children to partake in it (nor Easter or Santa). My initial reason was simply because I didn’t really see a point in it. If my kids want candy, I can just go buy them some. No need in masquerading around in weird costumes for an end result that can simply be achieved another way (ie. Walmart candy aisle).

    But after reading this, I see a deeper reasoning behind this. Which brings a question.

    Our church does a huge outreach program on Halloween. It’s called Trail of Treats and the majority of the building is decorated and only lit by candelight. They follow a “trail”, going room to room, and getting candy. Our kids don’t attend this either, although I have worked at it once.

    My question is this. Can’t good come from bad? Despite this being a pagan holiday, our church opens the doors to the community, shows them we care about them, gives them a safe place to be, and provides them with information not only about our church, but about Christ.

    I know of several people who have been saved and now attend our church because they came to the Trail of Treats and saw that we cared about them.

    So, for me, it’s kind of a catch 22. I don’t want myself or my children to participate in such things, yet our church does. Do I agree? I honestly don’t know. What I do know is that people got saved as a result of it…

  28. Melanie

    Sarah, take comfort. You are doing the right thing. Do not let your marriage suffer over the matter. A change like that needs to be something you both agree upon. Simply pray about it and make the best of it unless/until there is a change in your husband’s heart. But do remember to take your own advice and not judge your husband or resent him for not agreeing with you on this decision. In the grand scheme, your marriage is far more important then whether or not your family celebrates Halloween.

    I feel very strongly about NOT celebrating but feel even more strongly that you need to protect your heart from bitterness towards your husband and your marriage from discord over “tradition”. This is, of course, an important issue, but your marriage is FAR MORE IMPORTANT.

  29. I never liked dressing as a witch as a child. I always looked forward to dressing as something and getting to go to our neighbors houses and be blessed by their homemade cookies or popcorn balls amongst the candy. We’ve allowed our children to participate in that alone–dressing up and receiving candy–the rest of the holiday was never made mention of or encouraged. Our churches provide alternative activities on the night to keep kids off the street. I think God would approve of all the positive efforts behind this type of activity. I’ve since learned to decorate my yard with tombstones with a christian message such as “Don’t be caught dead without Jesus”; “Know Jesus, know Life; No Jesus, no life” and “Truly Rest in Peace”. I feel the One and only true God will bless all efforts to further His kingdom no matter what.

  30. Maria Rodriguez

    Very good article. I wish to addd this biblical passages too.

    Genesis 3:19 ” In the sweat of your face you will eat bread until you return to the ground, for out of it you were taken. For dust you are and to dust you will return.

    Psalm 146:4 “His spirit goes out, he goes back to the ground; in that day his thoughts do perish.”

    Leviticus 19:26 “YOU Must not eat nothing along with blood. You must not look for omens, and You must not practice magic.”

    Deuteronomy 18:10-13 “There should not be found in you anyone who makes his son or his daughter pass through the fire, anyone who employs divination, a practicer of magic or anyone who looks for omens or a sorcerer,11. or one who binds others with special with a spell or anyone who consults spirit medium or a professional foreteller of events or anyone who inquires of the dead. 12. For everybody doing these thing is something detestable to Jehovah, and on account of these detestable things Jehovah your God is driving them away from before you. 13. You should prove yourself faultless with Jehovah your God.”

    Acts 24:15 “And have hope toward God, which hope these [men]themselves also entertain, that there is going to be a resurrection of both righteous and the unrighteous.”

  31. Thank for this post, Robin. Your post on this subject affected me greatly. You’ve eloquently summed up what I have never been able to express about many of the pagan holidays this country celebrates and thinks are harmless. I have my wonderful parents to thank for not ever allowing us to celebrate Halloween. Their excellent example to us has influenced how we view all pagan holidays and celebrations and we hope to pass on these same values to our children.

    Thank you for your obedience to the Lord in posting this and many of your other articles about being “set apart” for the Lord. He has given you a gift…keep using it.

  32. We celebrate Reformation day on the 31st. I despise Halloween and my children have never celebrated it. We are even redeeming Christmas and are celebrating Advent. No Santa Claus for us :) I will be discussing with my husband purchasing gifts frm Samaritan’s purse in the name of our loved ones instead of buying them a gift and for my kids…have them pick out a Christmas wish from a child their own age and picking out the toy for them.
    .-= Cheryl´s last blog ..A Spark in the Kingdom =-.

  33. Thank you Sarah. What a blessing to have parents that proteced you.

  34. Will someone answer the question about why it’s OK to celebrate Christmas and Easter since they are originally pagan based holidays? It would seem that if you eliminate Halloween, then you must eliminate the others too, right? Afterall, the Pilgrims et al didn’t even celebrate Christmas. Please don’t think that I’m saying that Halloween is good because I’m not. It just seems like one standard is being applied to one holiday and not to others.

  35. Rhonda

    What about Romans 12:2? And be not conformed to this (world), but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God.
    We are not to accept the pattern of an age whose god is the Devil. Instead, being transformed by a renewed mind (committed) to the ideals of the kingdom of God. We should not have to use Halloween as an excuse to reach our neighbors whom we see everyday, with the Gospel. That is something we can do any of the other 364 days out of the year. We also don’t need to use it as an excuse to give candy to our children, when our children can get candy any other day just the same. God’s Word tells us that “Those who live according to the flesh set their minds on the things of the flesh, but those who live according to the Spirit, the things of the Spirit” (Romans 8:5).

  36. Rhonda

    To Stevo,
    Christmas, (whether it is technically December 25th or not), is the celebration of the birth of our Savior. The account of this can be found in Matthew chapters 1 & 2, Luke 1:26-38, and Luke 2. Notice that the first 5 letters in the word spell His name. And Easter is the celebration of the resurrected Christ. It is the root of our faith. All that Christ endured was to undo the works of the devil. Had He not died and risen, our hope and our faith would be in vain. We would have no hope of eternal life with God through Him. For He himself said “Iam the Way, the Truth, and the Life. No man comes to the Father except through Me.” (John 14:6) And there is nothing pagan about it.

  37. To Stevo & Rhonda,
    I am in agreement that if one eliminates the celebration of halloween than one should also eliminate the celebration of christmas and easter , too.
    The truth is that just as halloween has its roots in paganism, so does Sunday worship, Christmas, Easter and most holidays on the Christian calendar. If a person doesn’t party on October 31st because of the day’s pagan history, then is that same person willing to forsake other pagan festivities? The only difference between the dangers of Halloween and Christmas is that Halloween is easily distinguished as evil. Both holidays originated in non-Christian societies and retain unbiblical practices. It is very easy to study the roots of these days and realize the truth. I encourage you to do so. All through scripture Father is clear that He hates the mixture of holy and profane. When we try to take a day that has its roots in paganism and make it a day to celebrate Him,, this is mixture. The Savior never celebrated Halloween or Christmas, and would no doubt abstain from such practices if He walked the earth today; though I do find Him keeping Passover(Luke 22:11), Hanukkah(John 10:22) and Sukkot(John 7) (which was also very likely the real time of His birth!)
    Our Father gives us holy festivals to take part in that glorify Him and His Son and speak of the past and the future events to come. Check it out!!

  38. Thank you! Well said.
    I had a long discussion on Twitter yesterday with another Christian mom-her family celebrates Halloween and mine does not. I wanted to take the time and research to write an article but, I’m away at a conference with limited Internet access. I am sharing your post with my Twitter friends and Facebook followers.

  39. How refreshing to see so many young parents realizing there is nothing good in Halloween, yet depending on circumstances, do the best they can to “redeem” it for good. Like reaching out to their community with the love of Jesus. (thats how they’ll know we are Christians…by our love) We live in a fallen world, we strive for perfection, but will never see it til return of Yeshua HaMashiach. (Jesus the Messiah) So until He comes, He is my “rest”.

  40. Melanie

    I must agree with Rhonda. I celebrate the fact that Jesus left his Heavenly throne to rescue me. I celebrate the fact that He arose, because if he hadn’t I would be of all people, most miserable. I do not celebrate Halloween, but Christmas and Resurrection Sunday, I will celebrate with joy and gusto!

  41. I live in a small town in California, (Farmersville, California to be exact) and I remember that Halloween seemed much more innocent when I was a little girl than it does nowadays. Back then, Halloween costumes were more scary than gruesome. Some trick-or-treaters would dress up like ghosts, goblins, or skeletons and things like that. Some kids would dress up like something cute, like a fairy or a ballerina. Nowadays, Haloween costumes and decorations are downright gruesome and disgusting! Having grown up in a Christian family, and being a Christian myself, I have been rethinking this whole Halloween thing. My Mom never liked Halloween decorations, and I never did either. We decorate for fall, not Halloween. Last year, we made a decoration for the front door of our house, using the back half of a plastic trick-or-treat pumpkin, fall leaves and flowers, a small harvest scarecrow, rafia, and the words, “JESUS LOVES YOU” written on the pumpkin in big, bold letters with a black fabric pen. “Jesus Loves You” sounds way better than “Happy Halloween,” don’t you think? When the trick-or-treaters came to the door, we gave then each a treat bag with one candy bar and some gospel tracts about Halloween. It feels great that we chose to celebrate Jesus this year instead of Halloween. Trick-or-treat night is the perfect opportunity to hand out tracts to people and lead them to the Lord. I always make it a point to say a prayer before I hand out any tracts. I ask the Lord that the people who receive the tracts will be led to Him. If we don’t pray about this before doing it, then the whole thing is all done in vain. If we don’t do our duty as Christians and lead people to Jesus, then we are not being good Christians. We are not to hoard the Good News of Christ. We are to share it with as many people as we possibly can.

  42. I too remember Halloween being much tamer as a child. As a Father of a black cat, sadly, he only gets supervised trips outside during October because of all the shenanigans. I find that Halloween can be a great time to teach on the difference between fear and faith. And I always try and feature stories that demonstrate the power of God’s love over fear. I use John 10:10 to reinforce the difference between our Lord and the evil one.

    God is Love and Love NEVER fails!

  43. What has me upset is that so many Christians allow and promote Halloween celebrations in the public schools. I want to take a stand but I have not been able to find anyone that will back me up because Halloween Celebrations such as carnivals and parades bring money into the schools.

  44. I refuse to celebrate Halloween any longer becuase of the things I have read. As for Christmas and Easter, I will no longer celebrate them either, because of their origins and lack of “support” for these holidays in the bible. I am done following the herd with a master of worldly things and have begun my journey to follow the herd with the master that will lead me to everlasting life.

  45. I will say it again and again, I want to remove this celebration of Halloween from the public schools.

  46. Shevonne

    Ive heard from another christian that celebrating birthdays was a pagan holiday as well and that it has soemthign to do with making wishes and having cakes with candles in them. This Christian also said we are to know our age but not celebrate our birthday,. When you think about it brithdays are kinda selfish all about me etc. Im not sure what you all think of birthdays as being evil but check it out. Maybe you can make a post

  47. I am very uncomfortable celebrating Halloween and Easter. We pass out candy and thank you cards with Scriptures on them for the kids to color and give to their parents (or whom ever took them trick-or-treating). We keep our kids home and eat candy and have a family night. Instead of celebrating Easter we celebrate the Passover. We do celebrate Christmas, but only as the Birthday of Jesus, no tree, no santa, just a birthday party for Jesus. He is the center of our day. The world chooses to recognize Dec 25th as His birthday, we don’t know when that day was, so we will celebrate it then. We do a gift exchange because Jesus lives in our hearts (for those who haven’t accepted Jesus into their hearts, we give them gifts because we love them and want to share our joy with them).

  48. spikkie

    Oh dear – you have no inkling what Easter is about. Go find out, come back, then talk sense.

  49. Thank you for sharing – I appreciate it when others speak out against such a wicked day. I have a few posts about halloween on my blog if you are interested in reading them. This is a general like to the ‘holiday’ archive, you’ll have to scroll to see the three or four about halloween:

    http://fewtherebethatfindit.blogspot.com/search/label/Holidays

  50. Leanne

    Stevo and all others with the same question–

    The question is valid, but perhaps the person you’re asking is not. Should I be doing “x”, should be asked not of a person, for as Christians we are not responsible to any person, but to the Lord Himself.

    It is easy for one person to give an opinion of why a certain holiday should or shouldn’t be celebrated. We can list the good that has come of it, or we can list its evil origins. We can speak of the redemption of holidays and freedom in Christ. Others will say that the freedom should only be used to fulfill Torah through the power of the Spirit.

    The crux of the matter though is not what people, even highly intelligent, well-read, Bible scholars think. We ought to seek for what the Lord would have us do. This presupposes that the questioning of tradition, like holidays, comes from a heart pursuing the Lord and not a heart that is only trying to validate its own desires.

    So the first question should be, What is my heart’s motive? Am I really desirous of the Lord’s things? Would I be willing to give up / celebrate (whichever is counter your natural inclination) if the Lord revealed this was His will for me?

    The second question, which should be asked only if the first brings an affirmative response is what is the Lord’s will for me / my family? This may involve outside study into history, culture, etc. and it will definitely involve prayerful study in scripture asking the Lord to reveal his will for you at this time.

    Whatever the Lord reveals to you is what you should do, while recognizing that others are not on the same path as you, and what is all right for them may be different than what is all right for you. We are in relationship with the Lord and each relationship is different.

    Example: Back about three years ago I was convicted through my scripture reading that pork was not acceptable meat to eat. I brushed it off because I liked my bacon and eggs and being a southerner I loved having biscuits and gravy, but the nagging conviction would not go away. Finally I asked myself the hard questions, who do I love most, Porky or the Lord? Would I be willing to give up what I’ve thus far really enjoyed? I knew in my heart that I couldn’t deny the Lord anything He had asked of me, so I told Him, outloud with tears (yes, tears over bacon wrapped filet mignon and the 4 #s of pork chops I’d just bought) that I’d get rid of it all.

    Peace.

    That was my answer, peace. I knew I’d done what the Lord had asked me to. But that wasn’t the end of the story. You see we were sharing a home with my mom and dad at the time and they are big pork eaters. Every morning maple bacon sizzled, ham salads for lunch, pork chops with green beans and smoked ham hocks for dinner. But now, all of the sudden we were bowing out of porky dinners. Finally we had to explain ourselves. So we did, as succinctly and objectively as we could. The last thing I wanted to do was offend my parents, but they couldn’t understand why I had this “special revelation” as they put it. “So, are we wrong for eating pork?” they asked. “Well, perhaps you should ask the Lord about it.” (I’m not sure that they ever did, for they had no intention of giving up their food. It just didn’t make sense to them, but it doesn’t have to make sense — we live by faith.)

    I’m not going to say that my parents aren’t Christians, but I don’t think they were willing to ask the hard questions when confronted with another way of going about the Christian life. There are other friends of ours who upon finding out about our new diet did question the Lord, and for the time they’ve not been convicted to make the switch. Fine.

    The goal is to encourage people (and ourselves) to seek the Lord’s leading, which makes followers of the Lord and not followers of men.

    May we all follow hard after the Lord.

    Leanne

    PS — I’ve found that people that are overly defensive about their position on hot topics or choices in life are insecure in their relationship to the Lord. It is not that you don’t passionately believe that what you are doing is right, but that you can treat others with differing opinions and convictions with love, encouraging them to continue seeking the Lord, wherever it takes them. By “seeking the Lord”, I don’t subscribe to an any religion gets you to heaven viewpoint. As Christians we are bound to the scriptures and must remain close to them in order to perceive truth. LT

  51. I have studied this sunject for years. Becasue of that, I watched these videos with wonder. While my first impression is that there is a degree of over-fear behind beoth of the videos, I am left with one understanding: it is impossible to celebrate or recognize this holiday as a Christian. Furthermore, Christians CANNOT pick and choose this nor other pagan holidays for recognition. (Note that this rules out Christmas, Easter, Valentine’s Day, etc.) WHile this SEEMS overbearing, we MUST remember that God DID designate certain holidays for us to observe: the Spring and Fall Feasts.

  52. Valerie

    I so wanted to know about Halloween and always felt your celebrating death, which I felt it is wrong if you believe in God. There is nothing nice or good about it. Even candy which hurt the children more then good.
    I found this excellent in information I always wanted to know as a christian. Should we celebrate this Holiday. I never made it an issue with my children, it was just another day. No customes or treats, not even partys. Now after hearing this and truly understanding this, I feel it is most inportant about my children in school celebrating an participating in this holday which I don’t like or a prove of this at all. Moves me to take out all my children because of being taught of this Holiday and or other things that should not be thaught.
    Thank you so much.

  53. We have never done Halloween. When my son was three we explained to him that we don’t celebrate Halloween, we celebrate God. It was a simple way for him to understand. All that year we would drive past houses and he would say they don’t celebrate God mom because they would have Halloween decorations up. It was super cute. Then last year (he was five) a waitress asked him what he was going to be for Halloween and he boldly said “we don’t celebrate Halloween, we celebrate God.” It made my mommy heart proud and it was pretty funny to see that waitresses face. :)

  54. ComeRestoreTorahYeshua

    I agree with you. I learned where the roots of Easter and Christmas came from and was utterly disgusted. Halloween sticks out because it has a lot of ugly sinister things associated with it. Santa and Bunny are cute therefore they are ok. But they are no less evil because they steal our allegiance away from Messiah. When my daughter said Christmas just isn’t the same or fun anymore without believing in Santa, I was broken over what I had done to her in letting this go on. A holiday meant to remind us of our God’s Mercy and Plan for redemption was lost because of the fake guy who indulges our gimmmee gimmmeees.

    And then I learned about the Holidays our Lord created…. I was angry at being cheated out of His glorious holidays and their rich meanings – all for what? for FUN for candy, presents, and colored eggs… He knew we would need constant reminders of His coming and His Redemption because we forget… and we’ve made up our own holidays with extras and don’t care that we’ve lost touch with His holidays. We can argue all we want about the good that might come out of all our attempts through Christmas Easter and Halloween, but God’s holidays are lost because of them. We would serve our selves well not to stray from what He said to observe. There is a way that seems right unto man, but the end thereof is death. Lord Messiah have mercy on us for saying we know better and forsaking Your Word.

  55. Ohhh… well I never!

  56. Great post,Robin! Pastor John Hagee did some awesome teaching about this several years ago. My children have never celebrated Halloween and it’s nice to show them and give them not only the
    Bible but other documentation as to the reasons why. Many people don’t understand and celebrate Halloween because of man’s tradition and it’s just “fun” for the children and not harmful. It’s great to know the origin of things and not just “do” them because it’s the traditional thing to do.

  57. Hi Robyn, I can really appreciate this article and will actually use this to go over with my kids this year. We usually review why we don’t celebrate this holiday every year and discuss the history of it’s origins. I was shocked to read this though from a secular christians point of view (with all due respect). I’m saying that simply because this is usually the teachings of Jehovah’s Witnesses, that have been persecuted for years because they don’t celebrate pagan holidays. I’m just glad to see that someone has earnestly done thier homework and wants to show our Heavenly Father love and respect.

  58. QueenB

    This was awesome to read and really just re-inforced my personal beliefs on this Holiday. My mom became born again when I was around 8 years old and I was so on fire and excited about my new-found Christianity I IMMEDIATELY and happily rejected celebrating Halloween from that day on. My pre-teen daughter however, really has a hard time with it and I plan on letting her read this and letting her decide whether or not she still wishes to participate. No judgement on any Christians who still decide to ‘celebrate’..I believe as with most subjects at question, it is the heart of the person that matters. Now, I did read the other day that Christmas too, is a pagan holiday…I definitely don’t plan to stop celebrating Christmas but ever since I read that, I definitely want to make it more about Christ than anything else and have even thought about having a nativity scene, instead of a Christmas tree to put presents under…can anyone simplify the subject and give me any answers about the Christmas holiday? God bless XOXO

  59. We stopped Halloween right away after we came to Christ, and I completely agree with your points Robin :).

    We also don’t do Christmas as traditionally celebrated, though I am rethinking some of our decision in light of astronomical evidence that points to the three kings showing up around December 25th!

    Easter is also out, and I’d like to get into celebrating Passover, but it’s hard to start new traditions :).

    For the pagan poster; I was a pagan before coming to Christ, and no, while pagans don’t acknowledge or worship Satan, he is by default the lord of this world. Anyone outside of Christ’s covering protection is Satan’s subject and all false gods ultimately find their root in him, as he is the original deceiver.

    Hope that makes sense! I didn’t really ‘get’ that when I was a pagan.

  60. joni gooss

    Good job Robin and homemanager. We’ve “hid” from all the holidays for almost ten years, now. People have adjusted to us. The only thing that matters is that my Lord is pleased. He has brought us an abundance of joy and influence. If I were to participate then those who are lost would just assume they are ok that way.

  61. Hey Harter,

    Don’t know if this will help you or not, but Dec. 25th was not our Saviour’s b’day.

    Easy to find the proof in Scripture. Note in Luke 1:5 that John’s father, Zacharias was serving in the temple during his season of priestly duty, “of the division of Abijah.”

    When this season fits in God’s calendar year is given to us in 1 Chronicles 24. Remembering that God’s year begins with Aviv (now called Nisan), which is around our March/April & which you’ll recognize as the month of the Passover, it falls “In the first month, on the fourteenth day of the month at twilight is the LORD’S Passover,” according to Leviticus 23:5.

    Knowing that Elizabeth, John’s mother, conceived him right after Zacharias’ rotation of Abijah (~July/August), & that she was 6 month’s pregnant with John when Mary came to visit right after conceiving the Saviour (December, right around Hannukah – making “the light of the world” conceived during a holiday centering around light), then it is easy to count & see that our Saviour would have been born at the time of the Feast of Sukkot, or Tabernacles (September/October): when God came to Tabernacle among men.

    God always moves according to His timetable: His feasts. They give a picture of His agenda.

    There is a future fulfilment of this feast, when Messiah comes to live & reign during the last 1000 years of man’s history (the 7th, 1000 years, the 3rd 1000th year from His being on earth), or what is commonly called the millenial kingdom.

    Hope that sheds some light on it for you.

  62. I have been wrestling with this lately. Thank you so much for including so much history and truth about the practice of Halloween.
    Joycelyn

  63. I wrote a very similar blog post back in 2006 and I repost it every year! Love your post and agree 100%!!

  64. I actually knew all of that. As I said, I know that Christmas isn’t His actual birthday, but since we don’t know when it really is, we do celebrate it on that day. Since we celebrate all of our birthdays, I can’t skip Jesus’ birthday, and we have been celebrating it on that day since before I was born. I don’t see the point in making up another day to celebrate it and trying to explain to my children why that one day is taboo… God made that day, we don’t celebrate the way the world does, we simply have a birthday party for Jesus. That’s it. It’s teaching my children that Jesus had a birthday just like them, they know that isn’t the correct day, but until someone can tell me exactly what day Jesus was born on, I can’t explain to them why we are changing the day we celebrate. Does that make since?

  65. Thanks for sharing your blog Katie! I loved it!

  66. Mrs. Mamacita

    I would love to hear back from Robin and others what they think about this one.

    My church started a Light the Night last year. I was convicted before having children and since then, do not practice the holiday. I have taught my little children about what still goes on to this day…without being graphic…and how it does not glorify God.
    Now we have this Night the LIght. I have mixed thoughts on the idea. Yes, it’s nice to reach out to our small community but the way it appears to me is that it’s a complete add-on to Halloween. Community kids trick-or-treat at downtown merchants then show up at the LIght the Night sheltered area with lots of lights to have the church folk give them MORE candy (no tracts) and have games for all! Oh and of course they are there primarily to show Jesus’ love to the community.

    I so would love anyone and everyone to let me know what your thoughts on this are.

    We do not go there even if we are members of this church. I don’t agree fully with it.
    How come we aren’t showing Jesus’ love any other time of the year?? I realize there are going to many kids out that particular night.
    Isn’t this like a lure?? Oh, and the church is big on trying to have the church donate 200 lbs of candy for this grand event!
    I am trying very hard to think “what would Jesus do?” I don’t believe he used candy.

    Please help! :)

  67. Mrs. Mama

    Ooops that’s Mrs. Mama! :) If you could please change….thanks!

  68. Ketutar,
    I sure many people including Robin are aware of which holidays are Pagan and which are not.

    I am not sure if you did thoroughly research Halloween. There ARE children who still are being sacrificed to this day.
    Talk to people who were raised in those families who did indeed worship Satan and let them educate you in what really goes on. How would you know that they no human sacrifice is burned?? Have you been to all of them??

    And God sacrificed His One and Only Son Jesus. The ones who CRUCIFIED Jesus did not think He was God.

    And what Christians are you referring to after making your comment regarding Communion (remembering Jesus!) about eating human flesh and drinking human blood “if not physically.”??? Please educate me and share with me which Christians do that.

    I appreciate you Robin taking time out to share your opinions about Halloween. Not many Christians are taking a stand anymore…including churches.

    Come Jesus Come!!! :)

  69. 100%Christian

    I believe God still loves us when we celebrate His very own creations….US!!

    What other day should we celebrate being born? The day of conception which most women don’t have a clue?? Maybe the women should start keeping record of the exact day on their little pregnancy planner them so that they can sing HB on that day so not to offend you.
    Also, Jesus is not a baby anymore. And I believe He loves us the same whether we sing HB on the very day we were born.

    Peace! :)

  70. 100%Christian

    Hi, I just read the note about your daughter. I have little children and even though I was a trick-or-treater back when I was younger, I have learned alot more since rededicating my life 100% to God. I have taught my children now that there are things like Halloween, certain toys, games that simply put, ‘They do NOT glorify God…’ so we will not be participating. I’m not sure where your preteen is in her relationship with God, but you can try and guide her with the simple question…who do you want to glorify? God or Satan? It may be hard to give up for her but if she is in your household then “As for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.” So she may have to wait until she is out of the home if she truly wants to participate in Halloween. Just an idea.
    For Christmas, Santa doesn’t come by our home. No lies in this house. It is Jesus’ birthday and are taught that we do not know the exact day that He was born, etc. We celebrate with a Happy Birthday cake, manger scene, etc. The kids receive 3 gifts as the wise men gave Jesus three gifts. I am only now wanting to research that day as I am sure having stockings is a man-made event as well.
    Still changing things up as I go along and they grow up. I also want to teach them about giving. Perhaps making cookies to wrap up with a Jesus loves you note from the kids and go around the town and give to some people who may be lonely on that special day.
    God bless!

  71. I would love to hear back from Robin and others what they think about this one.

    My church started a Light the Night last year. I was convicted before having children and since then, do not practice the holiday. I have taught my little children about what still goes on to this day…without being graphic…and how it does not glorify God.
    Now we have this Night the LIght. I have mixed thoughts on the idea. Yes, it’s nice to reach out to our small community but the way it appears to me is that it’s a complete add-on to Halloween. Community kids trick-or-treat at downtown merchants then show up at the LIght the Night sheltered area with lots of lights to have the church folk give them MORE candy (no tracts) and have games for all! Oh and of course they are there primarily to show Jesus’ love to the community.

    I so would love anyone and everyone to let me know what your thoughts on this are.

    We do not go there even if we are members of this church. I don’t agree fully with it.
    How come we aren’t showing Jesus’ love any other time of the year?? I realize there are going to many kids out that particular night.
    Isn’t this like a lure?? Oh, and the church is big on trying to have the church donate 200 lbs of candy for this grand event!
    I am trying very hard to think “what would Jesus do?” I don’t believe he used candy.

    Please help!

  72. @Mama,

    None of us has witnessed how the Celts celebrated Samhain hundreds of years ago. But do you think it’s better to ASSUME they did horrible things, or to ASSUME they didn’t do horrible things?

    Human sacrifice is not part of modern Paganism, anywhere in the world. We would hear about it, if it was. People who “sacrifice” children are seriously sick people who would harm others for any reason. I am aware of that there is a lot of people who SAY things. Are all the massmurderers saying “God made me do it”, “I did it for Jesus” or “the wages of sin is death, and I just delivered it” Christians?
    To associate Pagans with sick people is not very kind, nor truthful, therefore you, as a Christian, shouldn’t do it.

    I am Pagan. I know where MY traditions come from, thank you.
    I also know this better than you, as you seem to believe Robin is telling the truth. If I was you, I would look very carefully into why you do that. Looks to me you love your “sister” more than your enemy… What did Jesus say about that?

    When I talk about Christians eating human flesh and blood, I am referring to all Christians who participate in rituals based on Matthew 26:26-28.

    Also, me being this blunt about your disgusting beliefs of God demanding human sacrifice and blood to redeem you, and that it’s ok that someone else dies for your sins, might give you a glimpse of what you are really doing as you spread all kinds of stories about Pagans and Pagan traditions. Is not “do unto others as you would have them do unto you” a Christian “Golden Rule”? Are you not doing unto me what you wish I do to you? If not, why not?

  73. Robin,

    I see that you have been straining out gnats and swallowing camels.

    You are giving a false testimony against your kin, and you do that for no good reason (as if there was any).
    It is quite possible for you to express this same without spreading malicious lies about other people, but you chose not to.
    I don’t understand why, perhaps you are just too lazy to be bothered, perhaps you are just too stubborn to double-check your “facts”, and leave out anything that isn’t undeniably a fact, perhaps it’s more important to you to have many readers and therefore post stoop to posting “yellow press” material, perhaps you think it doesn’t matter, because this same material has been published on so many pages already… I really don’t know. I don’t care to know either, that’s between you and God.

    There is one reason, and one very good reason, for Christians to not celebrate Halloween, and that is that Halloween is not Christian, but a Pagan habit. That should be reason enough. It doesn’t seem to be, for you nor your readers.

    Just don’t forget that God does know the truth. Me you can just brush off. :-D

  74. QueenB

    Your reply really blessed me…thank you sooo much! I was feeling so much guilt until I read “As for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.” I think I will put my foot down as opposed to giving her the freedom to decide…I only hope one day she’ll see it from my point of view :)

  75. Thanks Katie.

  76. The occult has always focused on gory images of violence, death and destruction. We see it in today’s media, music, and movies. As people become desensitized to occult violence and horror, the images in popular entertainment grow increasingly and indescribably evil. Yet, this is old news. Thousands of years ago, God warned us, ‘All those who hate Me love death.’ (Proverbs 8:36)

  77. Halloween is desensitizing our children by its glorification of violence, death, mutilation and gore. I agree. I doubt Jesus would use it.

  78. Thanks. Responding to witch Ketuta is casting pearls before swine. Not worth the time and effort. She doesn’t believe the encyclopedic research on Halloween so she considers us all lairs. I don’t even read her comments.

  79. Michele Zavatsky

    I think this is a Spirit issue – evil or Holy. you choose. but pray it up first and follow that Holy Spirit gut feeling, not the community’s pressure to be part of the neighborhood. Do it because you really feel it’s the right thing for YOUR FAMILY. (note: most of you know we were convicted years ago on this issue and unwaverly flee)

  80. I comepletely agree with you. My church does do something similar they call it a harvest party. It is a time of harvest but our family does not participate in any celebration. It is not a Christ followers day of celebration. This year it is on Sunday. If we want to shine for Jesus let us invite others to Sunday morning worship. I have 4 kids 7-17 and have not celebrated it for 15 years.

    God Bless you and your family as you glorify the Lord which is the chief end of man.

  81. I had the same belief… but now I don’t. I no longer “do” halloween, Christmas, or Easter…. When I discovered the root meanings behind them then I decided not to celebrate but then I broke and said Christmas was ok as long as we done the birthday party for Jesus and no tree but can hang lights. However last year the Lord took me on a journey through the Bible. I have to say if God wanted us to “celebrate” the birth of His only Son, it would be written in the Scriptures a specific day to celebrate, and it isn’t.

    Now think about this one… what about the Profits of Old? you know, Ruth, Joseph, Elijiah, Moses, Noah, my favorite… Enoch…… not one thing is mentioned of their birthdays, nor do you read that they celebrated it either. There is no mention of the day David was born, and he was “a man after God’s own heart? (Acts 13) I could actually go one but I think you get the idea…

    The only “birthdays” in the Bible are evolved around wickedness…. (Gen 40:1-23-Pharoah’s birthday party); (Matt 14:3-11, King Herod got carried away and John got beheaded) and reading Job 1 you can tell that those were not centered around God in fact God allowed a fierce storm come through and killed all 10 of Job’s children. There is only three incidents that refers to birthdays but at each one of them absolute disaster happened at them. If birthdays were “good” why give us examples of bad from them?

    The Bible does mention the “day of birth” (Ecc 7:1, Jer. 20:14,18) in the reference that the day of our death is better than the day of our birth.

    I encourage everyone to do study on Birthdays and tracing the roots of how it came about… It is amazing what you will find!!

    I no longer celebrate birthdays!! HOWEVER, I do give each one of my girls a “Princess” Day and that is their special day, not full of gifts and cake… but their special day. We decided to celebrate that day being the day they accepted Jesus into their hearts…. after all that was the same day that the angels in Heaven was rejoicing over the decision they made…. and that is our focus on that day. We talk about what the year just passed and see the good the Lord has done, and then we talk about a life without Christ what it would look like… rejoicing that He had chosen us to write our names in His book.

  82. I agree Admin.

  83. Hi Ketutar,
    I agree that none of us witnessed anything hundreds of years ago. There are, however, people who can attest to what continues to go on during this Pagan holiday, including murder.
    Yes, I believe any human who sacrifices their child or another is a murderer. When a person says “God made me do it” or the like, then I believe they are mentally ill. God commands all of us NOT to kill.
    I truly believe Satan and his demons are responsible for many things. He wants people to kill. He wants to get a hold of people’s minds so he can rule them. He wants all of us to burn in Hell with him forEVER! He doesn’t care about you nor does he care about me!
    God is the One who cares deeply for you and I. He loves us so much that He sacrificed His only Son Jesus on that cross on Calvery. He didn’t have to. Jesus didn’t have to. He could have stopped it all. He knew it was part of His Father’s plan for our salvation of our sins. WE were all born sinners as a result of Adam and Eve…first sin. Jesus’ blood covers our sins IF we believe and trust in Him, believe that He died on the cross for us, and ask Him to forgive us of our sins…
    He loves us that much!
    Jesus does ask us to ‘do this in rememberance of Me’ in regards to communion. I do realize that there are churches who made it more of a ritual, and I personally don’t agree with that. But to each his own.
    I have to tell you that you cannot follow man, but follow God. Man will cause you to fall. And of course, that is what Satan wants you to do as well as take your eyes off of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ!

    I love everyone including YOU. God taught me that by reading His Word.
    I pray that God will soften your heart and open your eyes to the evil around us in this world. There is good and evil…no doubt about that!

    I have “Pagan” friends. Do I think they are sick?? No. We’re talking about what some people are doing on this particular holiday.
    I just hope that you realize that the evil does exist…and sad to say, someone somewhere is going to suffer and die because of this evil and Satan having his hand in it!

    Will you pray with me that someone somewhere will escape??

    I will try and check back tomorrow.

  84. Maria,

    What continues to go on during this Pagan holiday, continues to go on at any other day as well, because the people doing it are ill. It doesn’t matter what they say to justify their actions, because their actions cannot be justified.

    To make these sick people examples of Pagans is unfair to all the normal Pagans, who wouldn’t do things like that just as little as any other sane human being would, just as it would be unfair to make Charles Manson an example of what Christians are, just because he is Christian (or says he is.) Do you understand what I am saying here?

    Just because there are some sick people who use the Pagan holiday Samhain as “justification” to do the insane and illegal things they do, shouldn’t be put on Samhain. My Samhain – just as the Samhain of the vast majority of Pagans who celebrate it – doesn’t involve killing anything. My Samhain doesn’t even involve eating meat, because it’s a harvest festival, and I think we should be eating vegetarian at this time of the year.

    That you believe in Satan is part of your belief, and I have no intention on telling you what you should belief in. I don’t believe in Satan, and I definitely do not believe in Satan that could MAKE us do anything. We have a choice, and therefore we are 100% responsible of our choices. Correct me if I’m wrong, but I have got the impression that you also believe that Satan doesn’t only want us to kill, but fear and hate each other too. Everytime you manage to sow a seed of fear, suspicion, hatred towards other people, you have done Satan’s work.

    In my mind this is what Robin’s article does. It doesn’t stop in telling you that Halloween is a Pagan holiday, Pagan tradition, and therefore shouldn’t be commemorated by Christians.
    It goes on telling you things about the ancient Celts that we cannot really know are true. Are you ready to risk bearing false testimony of your brother, just because so many say this is what happened, and because this brother of yours lived some 2000 years ago? I wouldn’t be, if I was you and believed what you believe. I wouldn’t say ANYTHING I’m not 100% CERTAIN of is true.
    It goes on telling you things about the Pagans and Satanists, that doesn’t fit ALL Pagans and Satanists.
    It goes on telling you things about Samhain that I know are not true.
    It goes on demonizing, bashing and generalising, in the name of painting a Pagan holiday so black no Christian would even WANT to celebrate Halloween…

    Why is she doing this?

    Because Christians don’t want to “lose” the holiday? Because it “should be needed to be replaced with something”?
    When I married my Jewish husband, I was introduced to a Jewish way of life. We celebrate the Shabat every Friday and… I have to say… why would you need ANY OTHER HOLIDAY? It’s wonderful. Besides, you already celebrate the Jewish holidays, there’s Thanksgiving right around the corner and that’s not Pagan… I really don’t get this. You don’t NEED Halloween. During the decades it has even lost all of its original spiritual meaning… it really isn’t anything but a day to dress goofily and get a lot of candy for non-Pagans. I really don’t understand why Robin – or anyone – would NEED to start bashing people to get the message forth… are Christians really that shallow, obstinate and attracted to “shiny things”, like candy… or unwilling to lose their possibility to dabble with the occult things with good conscience, because it’s “all for fun”? THAT she could talk about, that there is no excuse for a Christian to dabble with the occult. It’s never “just” anything, if you believe the Bible to be God’s Word.

    I will not get into theological discussions with you about what you believe, but I wish you understand that I believe what I believe in just as great sincerity, faithfulness and trust in God, as you do, and that I don’t serve Satan, but the One and Only God, because there is no other God. You don’t need to believe I do, but you need to believe that I believe, and respect my faith as I respect yours. I am not asking you or anyone to accept a non-Christian’s version of what Christianity is. I am pointing out that your version of my religion is just as misleading, misunderstood and erroneous as my version of your religion. If you keep on spreading lies about my faith and my God, especially when there is no reason what so ever to do so, you are asking me to spread lies about your faith and your God. On top of that, I would be doing God’s Will as expressed in your Holy Scripture when doing it, while you would not…

    You might SAY you love me, but when your love is not thinking the best of me, assuming my motives are good, hoping that God indeed loves Her whole creation, because She made us all, and we are Her children, that God sees what is in your heart, and doesn’t care about what is in your lips, that God will save all who believe in Her, what ever they say they believe, and what ever religion they say they follow, that it doesn’t matter if you say you believe in Jesus, but that you do “His Father’s Will”, when your love is not trying to repair what your words have broken, rewriting an offending and hurtful post to better express True Christianity, I don’t believe you. I believe you are used to say you love everyone, when in reality you love no-one.

    Pray that God will soften YOUR heart and open YOUR eyes to the evil that happens in your own home. Ask God’s help to remove the beam in your own eye, before you start asking divine intervention to remove the speck in mine.

    I will be praying that God’s will will happen and that people have the strength and serenity to accept God’s will even when it’s not their will or when they don’t see the divine in it.

    P.S. If you have “Pagan” friends, I doubt they are Pagan.

  85. That is not what I am talking about, and you should know this, if you have read what I wrote with even a wish to understand what I am saying.

    I don’t understand why you refuse to respect my request of rewriting this article with the Fruits of Spirit in mind :-D “Satan made me do it”, I suppose.

    As said, you can ignore me, but God is a whole different issue… sometimes God uses Pagans to show you the way. You might need to remember that.

  86. But they did celebrate weening and mile markers like that… The birth of Jesus was a big deal! People came from all over to celebrate His birth. I respect that you choose not to celebrate birthdays, and in all honesty you are probably in the right, but I am not the head of my family, my husband is. As long as he expects our family to celebrate birthdays than we will, this includes Jesus’. (And for the record, we don’t hang lights either. No tree, no lights, we are not of the world, but in it.)

  87. Thanks Mayra for your reply. I have been to one of the harvest parties years ago as a young adult. Now that I have my own children, I have mixed feelings about those. I would love to celebrate harvest on any other day except Halloween. My children are NOT missing out on anything important with that particular holiday so I don’t need a harvest party as a planned substitute as many churches feel that the children are missing out. PLEASE! I do understand trying to reach out to unbelievers or to get them off the streets, etc. on that particular day…so for me and my house, we are going to treat it as any other day, however, going to pray for all involved whether it’s a trick-or-treater or someone involved in a Satanic ritual.

    God bless you and your family. Thanks for sharing! :)

  88. 100%Christian AKA Mama :)

    You are welcome! I am happy that you were blessed..I love that saying! Actually have a magnet for the fridge to remind us! It’s so true though!
    There are resources out there that may be of help for you and your daughter. Perhaps DVDs that have people talking about what truly happens on that holiday, how it was for them growing up in a family that worshipped Satan, etc. We have one that helped us confirm our convictions not to celebrate that day.
    I do realize that it’s hard for your daughter as I’m sure she has friends who are dressing, etc.
    Of course, she may not see it from your point of view right now in her life especially with all the outside influences. Fast and pray…that God will help her see your view on it all! :)
    God bless you and yours!

  89. Hi Ketutar,
    Let me start off by telling you that I do love you. I don’t have to love what you believe in, what you do, etc. but can still love YOU. I care enough about you to spend my extra time writing to you when I have plenty of other things to do in my life.
    So what is up with the ‘She’ business?? Educate me. Are you talking Mother Earth now? Who is your God?
    Next, you speak as you and I share the same God but you don’t believe in Satan??

    You pretty much lost me at the end when you were talking to me then referring to rewriting the post that I did NOT write, then telling me that you don’t believe me, that I don’t love “no-one”???

    You don’t know me. I do love everyone. Do you think I go around telling everyone I meet that I love them??
    How about love the sinner and hate the sin?? Have you heard that one before?

    So then you are going to pray that my eyes are opened to the “evil that happens in” my own home?? I don’t think so. I know exactly what is going on in my own home.
    I am in no way trying to remove any speck in you…that’s God’s job. I was merely thinking of you…and when I pray today, I will pray that the One true God will reveal HIMself to you and to let you know that Satan is real as well as his demons and that evil does exist.

    I truly don’t care who is Pagan and who is not. And yes, the friend is straight up PAGAN. She and I had a discussion in the past and since then, we both respect each other and know exactly what each other believes.

    I can tell you right now that there are many who overuse the name “Christian” when referring to themeselves and there is NOTHING in their lifestyles that glorify God at all!

    So I don’t believe all Pagans serve Satan. And I don’t believe all Christians serve God.

    I have to say that not all people who are doing evil things on this particular day as well as any other day are actually ill. They are serving Satan. They worship Satan and this is their day to shine.
    I don’t care who started the day way back when. It’s about all the evil that goes on on that particular day. I’m not here to talk about the other days of the year. Yes, evil continues every day around the world.
    This blog is about Halloween. Yes, it is Pagan. Yes, it is celebrated by witches, Satanists, and cute, little kids in costumes. I’m sorry that the Satanists and witches took over your day. That day never glorified God and still does not glorify God.

    I personally do not believe any Christians should celebrate Halloween. It is definitely everyone’s own convictions on this day. They don’t NEED this day. I think it comes down to not being separate of this world. Some feel that it’s harmless…oh, and without all the gore, it’s not so bad. It’s cute seeing all the kids in costume….just some of what you hear from other Christians who may not know all the facts about this holiday.

    Like I said, there are people claiming to be Christian, but not walking the walk nor talking the talk.

    I am glad that there are sites dedicated to teaching others about the history of Halloween, etc.

    Pagans? You cannot say that there aren’t any Pagans who are not serving Satan. There are Ketutar. Whether you want to believe or not.
    There are two Masters…you either serve God or you serve Satan. But that would be hard for you to understand as you said that you don’t believe in Satan.
    But for those of us who do, that day is a favorite of Satan’s. Look just who loves that day.
    For me, I don’t have to look at the history or how it started to make my decision. Just knowing what goes on present day Halloweens is enough to say NO Thank you!
    Go in your local grocery store, dept store, nothing but gore. Nothing pretty about any of it. It’s dark. Yes, if I could think of a color for Halloween, it would be BLACK. It’s dark. AND many Christians continue to celebrate it no matter what! I’m not even sure if they’d give it up if they knew Jesus was returning that night! :) (I’m hoping they would…because He is worth more than candy!!!) :p
    And I don’t believe it has lost all of its “original spiritual meaning”. There is certainly MORE than dressing up and getting candy. Everything from pumpkins to saying “trick OR treat” has meaning and a history behind it!
    I don’t think Robin is bashing anybody with what she posted. It is what it is. You have your opinion and you stated what was on your mind. I have to break this to you…there are other sites who say way more than what Robin posted. Have you seen those?
    From going back and rereading your blogs, I have to ask you again…what God do you worship? You can quote the verses then tell me later “your Holy Scripture”, then refer to God as a Woman??

    I do respect you and your thoughts. I think it’s nice that you and I both believe that there are no other gods besides God. :) (and let me say that Satan is not a god. He would have loved to be God way back when..you see where that got him!! Cast down!!!)

    I’m skipping around here…but you said:

    “Correct me if I’m wrong, but I have got the impression that you also believe that Satan doesn’t only want us to kill, but fear and hate each other too. Everytime you manage to sow a seed of fear, suspicion, hatred towards other people, you have done Satan’s work.”

    You said that you didn’t believe in Satan but you are making me aware that “you have done Satan’s work”??
    Yes, Satan wants us to have fear and hate. And yes, we are giving in to Satan when we choose to be afraid, to hate, to kill, etc.
    But Praise God, we can be delivered from him. We don’t have to live in fear as some do. We don’t have to be confused. We don’t have to live the way we may have been living. We can be freed from any bondage that Satan may have had his hands in, etc.
    We can become FREE with Jesus Christ in our lives!! Hallejuah!

    We need not have a spirit of oppression, depression, fear, confusion, etc…we can be set free!! Just seek God!! He can deliver anyone!!! :)

    Ketutar, have you ever invited Jesus into your heart? Have you ever prayed to Jesus, God’s Son? He loves you! :)
    (and so do I!)

  90. By the way Ketutar, my belief is this…

    YOU are serving Satan 100% with your witchcraft whether you want to believe in Satan or not.
    I pray that you will accept Jesus as your personal Savior so that He can deliver you.
    Heaven or Hell? It’s your choice.
    I care enough about you to tell you exactly what God has to say about it…

    Galatians 5:20-26

    20 Idolatry, WITCHCRAFT, hatred, variance, emulations, wrath, strife, seditions, heresies, 21 Envyings, murders, drunkenness, revellings, and such like: of the which I tell you before , as I have also told you in time past , that they which do such things shall NOT inherit the kingdom of God.

    22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, 23 Meekness, temperance: against such there is no law. 24 And they that are Christ’s have crucified the flesh with the affections and lusts. 25 If we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit. 26 Let us not be desirous of vain glory, provoking one another, envying one another.

  91. It is to the degree that one is converted & is developing spiritual character in accordance with Scripture & through constant prayer, study & meditation that one puts away satanic practices from one’s life. The Christian way is that of learning to think how Christ (who is the God of the Old Testament) thought, preached, lived & is doing so now, whilst engaging in His intercessory duties as High Priest on behalf of His people, His brothers & sisters, representing them & theirs to the Father.

    Syncretism, ie. the forced amalgamation of the true worship of Yahveh-Adonai (Jesus Christ) with that of paganism (demonism, satanism, occultism, nature worship, etc.) is contrary to God’s explicit instructions & must, therefore, be avoided at all costs. To do otherwise is to compromise with God & His word & to love the world & its anti-Christ culture more than God. The vast majority of professing believers out there are, actually, nothing of the sort (but that is no surprise, seeing that Satan, himself has extremely successfully palmed himself of as an agent of ‘enlightenment’), often seducing themselves into believing their own Godless (&, often, whacky) propaganda. This is basically because of their carnal & selfish desire to ‘mix it’ with the ungodly so as not to be seen as dull, boring party-poopers.

    Well, God says that He would rather His followers obey Him, even if it means pooping parties, than infecting the religious prescriptions that He has enjoined upon us. We should not forget that He told us that there is going to be a time of great suffering that this satan-influenced world is going to perpetrate upon His followers, just for being true to The Cause & refusing to acquiesce to demonic customs that only serve to ruin our focus on The One Whom we vowed to serve when we repented & were baptised. A follower of The Creator God cannot, in any good conscience, serve two masters, even when it means sure martyrdom. Of course, the compromisers will be safe – for a time – as long as they can endure the discomfort of straddling the fence but, as time goes on, even they will come to realize that there is, inevitably, a time of reckoning. When the Master returns, will He find all that many who were willing to obey Him, even though the worldy odds were stacked, sky-high against them? Will they end up selling their birthright for a mess of pottage? Let’s hope not.

  92. I have to say, witchcraft in the bible refers to those who are worshipping angels who ordained the law. Witchcraft is following the works of the law for salvation, rather than faith alone. Look at the Galatians who were bewitched into following the works of the law by this witchcraft. Mystery Babylon, the mystress of witchcraft also teaches the works of the law. Simon the sorcerer “bewitched” the people of Samaria with sorceries in the book of acts, as the Galatians were “bewitched” into following the works of the law. Remember, the natural man is not subject to the law of God, for it is spiritual. We must compare spiritual things with spiritual, also the bible tells us God does not see as man see, his ways are higher than ours, spiritual not natural. When the bible is understood spiritually, witchcraft most definitely refers to those who believe we must keep the works of the law. That being said, many professing Christians, who refuse to celebrate halloween are remaining to practice spiritual sorcery by trying to serve God with their own works of righteousness in the flesh. Remember, judge not, for wherein you judge another, you condemn yourself according to Romans Chapter two. Be sure you understand the book. Halloween is ok, but sorcery is not.

  93. Good read David! :)

    You can consider me one of those “boring party poopers” right now…Yet someday, I’ll be partying it up forEVER with my Master…Jesus Christ!!!

    He is well worth living for and setting ourselves apart from this world! :)

    Come Jesus come!

  94. Excuse me, but what Bible are you studying??

    Galatians 3:1 KJV “Oh foolish Galatians, who hath bewitched you, that ye should not obey the truth, before whose eyes Jesus Christ hath been evidently set forth, crucified among you?”

    KJV Study 3:1 “The Galatian believers had become fascinated by the false teachers’ arguments, almost as though they had been bewitched. Magic was common in Paul’s day (Acts 8:9-11; 13:6,7). Magicians used both illusions and Satan’s power to perform miracles. People were drawn into the magician’s mysterious rites, not recognizing their dangerous source.”

    *******************************************

    Witchcraft is witchcraft. And it is one of those “such things” that “shall NOT inherit the kingdom of God”.

    Now, I am sure you have heard the simple saying…”What would Jesus do?” “WWJD”??

    Honestly, what would Jesus do? Would Jesus celebrate Halloween? Would He go trick-or-treating? Would He carve a pumpkin for outside His door? If I could pick a costume for Him, do you think Jesus would wear a mask with blood dripping down His face, sharp jagged teeth…you know, like one of the gory faces that is on Robin’s blog???

    Would Jesus think Halloween was “ok”??

    Do you think Jesus would want us to subject His little children to today’s storefronts advertising “Halloween” especially when most everything displayed reminds you of evil??

    Every time you go against the world’s “norm” and then see your own church participating in their own way, you start to feel alone and perhaps think am I doing the right thing for my children?? Then I think of Jesus and know that I am pleasing Him, glorifying Him with my decision NOT to partake in any Halloween activities. It’s my personal conviction.
    You may think otherwise…
    but I’d hope that we can all agree that Jesus would NOT celebrate Halloween.
    Satan YES…Jesus NO!

    For me, I understand what I have read in the Bible. Do you think you should study the Bible a bit more??

    Remember…Christians aren’t perfect, they are forgiven!

    So forgive me if I came across judgmental in any of my posts. I am simply telling you what Gods says…and ‘preaching’ Hell, because you may not hear it anywhere else!

    God bless you!

  95. Also, I left out…
    the reason I ask WWJD? is, because I feel that as a Christian, we should be living more Christ-like, being followers of Jesus, trying our best to be more like Him…NOT like the world!

    That’s why it’s nice to remember “WWJD” when faced with difficult decisions or an easy one like Halloween.

  96. “Halloween is ok, but sorcery is not.”

    Halloween is NOT ok. Halloween is like Christmas for witches, pagans, wiccans, new-agers, satanists, and the like. It is the most important day on their calendar when they cast their spells, perform their sacrifices and witchcraft, and send out demons to perform their wicked bidding.

    A celebration of Halloween is a celebration of darkness – whether or not you do it in ignorance. Please consider the word of God and abhor that which is evil and cling to that which is good (Romans 12:9).

  97. Don’t get me wrong, I totally agree that any celebration of darkness is wrong, the bible is clear on this. However, I don’t feel it is ok to judge Christians who take their children trick or treating and letting them dress up and enjoy themselves with no evil or harm done. What evil is it for a child to visit other family members dressed up to receive candy that makes their day? I don’t see evil in this at all. An evil person can make going to church evil with dark intentions and thoughts as well as actions. Wherever we go and whatever we do, we should do it in love, without judging one another to show Christ to people everywhere and in all things.

    And for the Galatians comment, they were most definitely bewitched. However, the entire chapter is referencing the law vs. works. They were bewitched into following the law by false teachers. This was the bewitching Paul was speaking of, it is seen in context to the entire book, not to mention the chapter.

  98. My kids want to be the 3 Kings and the Bethlehem star for Halloween. Do you think we don’t love the Lord? Think what you will. My main concern is what Christ thinks and He has called our family to participate this way. I know this because I asked Him, not people. If God is calling your family to not participate in any way, to go to church instead, or to walk in the darkness and speak Christ, please just do whatever He has called you to do in love. Without love, it is all pointless. I dare say, without love it is not only pointless, it is damaging. Why would anyone want to be a Believer if they see us quarrel amoungst ourselves this way without mercy, grace, encouragement and love towards one another? I learned a lesson in my blood family about being a resounding gong. If there is any tradition I want to put away, it is doing anything outside of love. I ask God to please help me not to ever practice that again!

  99. April, I’m curious to know if your 3 kings and star will be saying “trick-or-treat” as they obtain their treat?

    I used to participate in Halloween, and I was happy to have put that particular man-made tradition away. Halloween has nothing to do with God so if we are true followers of Christ, why would I want to follow the world by celebrating Halloween?

    You are led to take your kids trick-or-treating, and I am led to lead my kids in prayer for God to protect many people around the world whom may be offered as a sacrifice, a child who may receive candy that has been tampered with, a witch to be delivered, someone to escape from the abuse they are in related to satanic worship, etc., etc. And the prayers are needed more than ever not just for Oct. 31st but for the few days before, few days after AND for many other events throughtout the year that Satan worshippers/witches gather around to do evil.

    Yes we all are convicted of different things. You may feel led of God to participate. To each his own.
    Perhaps read up on some survivors stories of what little taste of “hell” they endured in their childhood and adult lives. It’s out there, you just have to do some researching.

    Here’s one survivor site. It also shows you the calender so perhaps you can remember to pray for others that are not as blessed as us to have such great families as there is a list of dates that they suffer on. Some are born into these Satan worshipping families.

    http://www.survivorship.org/resources/altcalendar.html

    They could surely use all of our prayers!

    Here’s some ideas on “how to pray on Halloween” and other days of the year…

    http://libertytothecaptives.net/pray_on_halloween.html

    I believe you and I both can agree in love that there are many of us who never realized what DOES and CAN happen to others around this world on Halloween and other days of the year. How would we know unless we educate ourselves?? We need to stop turning our blind eye and start praying and fasting for others…in love.

    It’s difficult to imagine…

    Please just don’t forget to pray for some children who will NOT be smiling and receiving candy… they may be experiencing a taste of Hell here on earth all in the name of Satan!

    My prayer….
    COME JESUS COME!!!

  100. Christ Follower

    My church is doing the “light up the night” with the intentions of calling it an outreach! They have dance dramas and will preach a salvation invitation message that lasts for a very short few minutes the end of the event. They have extravagant giveaways for trips and nice food establishments. Huge corporate donations for candy and sodas and food. Last year they said over 600 people gave their lives to Christ! I didn’t see those 600 people return to our church again but my pastor said most were children! I say BULL! This is more like who can throw the most elaborate party and compete with other churches as the biggest community supporter! Its all about egos and 1 uping each other! I have been rebuked for my non participation from the pulpit as someone working against the seeds they are sowing for the Kindsom of God! I am saddened and repulsed! I agree that these churches were not led by the Holy Spirit to throw these “halloween” parties (no matter what they call them) and although I believe they are just operating in ignorance I see the vengance in which they defend it! I find it all a little disturbing! I wish we could just hold a prayer service inside for deliverance and revival but thats not packing the pews now is it!? Its all about numbers and I am one in the pew they see as a trouble maker for not going along with the program! My heart is grieved for the lack of knowledge!

  101. Celebrating Halloween may be a man made tradition, but so is not celebrating it. No where in the bible does it tell us not to celebrate Halloween, but tells every man to be persuaded in his own mind. So to refuse to celebrate Halloween and to command others to do so is man made commandments and doctrines of men.

  102. I know one thing, whatever kind of tradition you want to call it, it’s not a tradition of God’s for sure.

    No, you will not find any passage in the Bible telling you “not to celebrate Halloween”. You will not find the word “Halloween” anywhere.

    Were you looking for God to say in the Bible, “No you can’t celebrate Halloween.”?? Have you looked a bit deeper in His Word?? Researched or even thought about “What would Jesus do?”

    Oh that’s right, Halloween wasn’t celebrated back then. Well, He’s alive today..and I can’t imagine Him dressing up ESPECIALLY with a gory face mask going door to door saying “trick-or-treat!”. Aren’t we supposed to be more Christ like in EVERYthing we do??

    I realize it may be hard for some to separate themselves of this world…set yourself apart…to be different and not of this world…to go against the norm…or to take a stand for Jesus and say “No”.

    Many people find excuses to make this holiday alright in God’s eyes and in their own.

    And NO one is “command”ing “others” NOT to celebrate Halloween…
    You do what YOU think is right in God’s eyes, NOT mine.

    I’m just surprised that many don’t research what they allow their children to participate in.

    So I have a question. You are raising your kids to celebrate this holiday. What if someday your child is at a Halloween party of some friends and is introduced to some games…like a ouiji board, seonces, D&D, etc…how do you feel as a parent your child being lured into those type of games? (and these games aren’t only played on this holiday but any day of the year!)
    I’m just saying that ALOT goes on in this world…and you can’t hold your kids hands forever…
    I am only hoping that all of our Christian children will be able to discern things that glorify God and things that do not.
    Those are games that are very dangerous to meddle with EVEN just for fun! IT’s just another concern of mine as kids venture out when they get older and get invited to a friend’s home, etc.

    Everyone has to make their own choices in life…hoping that they are all wise and pleasing to the Lord.

    God bless you and your children! :)

  103. I believe we are all separated for a cause and we all know the cause is to preach the word of God. The problem with today’s Christianity is that we are trying to win bodies for the church building rather than leading souls to God. We tend to be pleasing the flesh rather than allowing the spirit to convict it. We are using satanic practices “sanctifying” them in order for ALL including believers to partake in them because we might lose out on the fun. Fall Festival, Harvest parties Bible Character costume parties etc, they are all the same. We are putting a costume on the word of God so we can show the world that we believers can have fun. There are 365 days in the year and we choose Oct 31 to witness and evangelize?? how Ironic!!

  104. After reading all the posts on this topic of Halloween, I have to first off, commend those few who are sticking to the truth, despite those who disagree, and am praying for those who are standing in the gap, and taking up their cross to follow the truth of Jesus Christ.
    I am coming from a life of huge idolatry, Halloween celebrations, and so much more, and have separated myself from several churches who on the outside look very Godly, and Holy, but in reality were going along with most of the apostate churches around the world.
    I followed the opinions of men, and women, over the pure truth of scripture, and wondered why I was so confused all the time, and wishy washy over the truth.
    Surely, the pastors were correct! Or my good friends were correct, but this wasn’t so.
    Yes we must separate from the masses in this apostate world, and seek the truth apart from the opinions of men.
    Those who stand for the pure truth of the Gospel will not be popular as Jesus has told us many times, that if they hated me they will hate you also.
    And when we stand for the truth, about the evils of Halloween, and the pagan holidays such as Xmas, and Easter, and take a stand against them, we will be mocked, and even hated, and the reason I say this is because it is happening to me.
    The more I draw closer to Christ, and His truth, the more distant I feel in the world, and as true believers we should hate that which is evil, and expose it, and bring it into the light, where it can be seen for what it really is, a lie of satan to deceive the world and the elect, which is the church.
    I live a quiet life, alone now, as most so called Christians disagree with the truth as I present it,and see nothing wrong with celebrating Halloween in a safe manner by calling it by a Christian theme, but I see no way we can take what is dark and call it light.
    Bottom line on this is that we as true believers are called to be SEPERATE FROM THE WORLD, TO BE HOLY, AND PURE, in a very dark and perverse world!
    We must rightly divide the word of God, and seek to emulate Christ in all we do, as a lost and dying world is watching us.
    I am learning so much every day, and the LORD has been so very patient and long suffering with me, and all my failures.
    I encourage all of you to abstain from all forms of evil, and know that which man highly esteems is an abomination to our Lord, so we must come out from the world, and its pagan holidays, and stop offending our creator, and learn to follow Him alone in humble obedience, not out of works or earning His love, but out of our love, for Him and what He did for us on the cross.
    This Halloween I will be home, praying for the world, and praying against the evil night, which no Christian who is truly following Jesus Christ in spirit and truth should have anything to do with it.
    I don’t expect to be popular, especially when I stand AGAINST all that the Lord calls an abomination in His site.
    My life was filled with many abominations, and the more I read His truth, and believe me, my free time is dedicated to this, plus sharing the Gospel of John, and Christ with the lost where the Lord leads.
    May our Lord and savior be praised forever and ever, and may we be separated unto Him, by following Him, and Him alone apart from the worlds celebrations, parties, and liberal practices, and remember WE are not of this world, we and OF the kingdom of God, just passing through on our way to glory and peace, and eternity with our creator and Lord! :)
    So we must put aside that which the world highly esteems, and all its evil traditions, and be a separate and peculiar people.
    I am praying for you all that are standing in the gap, and walking the narrow path that leads to life, I am praying to meet a few who would accept me as their brother, as we serve our Lord in spirit and truth.
    May the love of Christ fill you completely.
    Love in Christ,
    Tommy

  105. I have a question to all who refuse to celebrate Halloween. Do you guys celebrate Christmas? Wasn’t it also started as a pagan celebration? Or was it? Does that make Christmas evil as well in your opinion? And what about 4th of July and other celebrations started by the world. Do you believe we are not to celebrate these because we are to “be ye separate saith the Lord of Hosts”?

  106. There are absolutes in the Bible that do not introduce any area of discussion. Certain Biblical absolutes must be believed in order to follow Christ. Please do not confuse these absolutes with what “every single Christian must do or they don’t truly follow Christ.” When anyone, whether a politician, friend, relative, neighbor, or Christian applies absolutes like …never, no one would, everyone should or you must not do … to things they have been personally convicted of but are not absolutes from Scripture, they build walls between people immediately. They also build idols. Not celebrating Halloween can become an idol. As much as I adore training my children at home, homeschooling can also become an idol if it replaces the gospel. When we insist other Christians do something because we have been convicted of it but it is not an absolute written in Scripture verbatim, we need to question whether or not this is an idol in our life. We become ineffective as witnesses of Christ when we’ve built these absolute non-absolute walls because they are very hard to tear down. Christ commanded us to reach the world with love and mercy and grace and to spread the Gospel to every nation. If God called your family to reach an African idol worshipping nation, you would probably have to live with them. Would we accuse this family of living with evil or encourage them to be light in such darkness? One family is called to be light in this instance and the other to lift them up in prayer or provide finances. Both are called by God and equally as significant to His Plan to spread the Good News. Jesus Christ spent His time on this planet with the sinners. The Pharisees (aka the righteous) were a royal pain in His side, plotting against Him constantly to break the rules of what He wasn’t allowed to do. Wow. How self-righteous of them to tell God Himself what He was allowed to do. How self-righteous of us to tell God how He is allowed to work in another person’s life. Doesn’t He know He is only allowed to work the way we say? Maybe some of the people who hate us don’t hate us because we are standing for Truth so much as they hate us because we are self-righteous. We don’t do this….we do this….and. we. are. right. Building walls. Making idols. If not communicated in Love, it is not God’s Message of Mercy and Grace. It’s a resounding gong. Noise, not peace. Walls, not relationship. The gospel is not only lost, people harden their hearts away from Him because of our “witness”. One of the millions of glorious beauties of God’s Word is that it applies to every life, He uses all of us in different ways. Instead of being in awe of how God is using all of us in such brilliantly different ways, instead of being marvelled by His Voice to each one of us as His Individuals and lifting one another up, we choose to make these beautiful God-ordained differences a sword tearing us apart. How desperate we are! If He called all of us to do the same exact thing, His Message wouldn’t be sent to the nations. People wouldn’t hear it if the mouth wanted to speak but no heart was beating or no feet were moving. Accusing other believers of not loving Christ because of something they do or don’t do, assuming they evangelize as a family only on Halloween, assuming we are in it for the fun or to blend, trying to replace God’s message to a mother’s heart with your own convictions is much more dangerous than whether or not a family participates in Halloween. It builds walls between Believers and the enemy LOVES this. Please let us not tear one another apart in the name of a non-essential. Let us not build walls between the nations, and especially not between ourselves, all in the name of Halloween. How pleased the enemy will be if we put our desire to be right above being loving.

  107. Comment by April :

    There are absolutes in the Bible that do not introduce any area of discussion. Certain Biblical absolutes must be believed in order to follow Christ. Please do not confuse these absolutes with what “every single Christian must do or they don’t truly follow Christ.” When anyone, whether a politician, friend, relative, neighbor, or Christian applies absolutes like …never, no one would, everyone should or you must not do … to things they have been personally convicted of but are not absolutes from Scripture, they build walls between people immediately. They also build idols. Not celebrating Halloween can become an idol.

    Your comments really confuse me??? The Holy Bible is filled with absolutes and truth, and there are no gray areas, the Bible is black and white, about how a true born again believer is to act, and behave.
    There is no room for our own interpretation of Gods word, we must filter all we learn through Gods word, 2 Timothy 3:16. will clear this up.
    Those who call themselves Christian, and seek to emulate the world, in this case, celebrating Halloween, and teaching your children its safe, fun and harmless, is going against the truth of scripture. 1 John 2:15.
    I cannot see how not celebrating Halloween, which is unholy in all its ways, is considered idolatry for those who do not celebrate it!
    An idol is something we put before God, and are unwilling to give it up for Him, because we love our traditions, and worldly practices, and anyone who claims to be born again, will see that we are called to be separate from the world, and GIVE UP, THE FALSE IDOLS THE WORLD OFFERS,such as Halloween, and the other pagan holidays.
    Yes, we all have choices, we are not robots, God gave us free will, but this free will isn’t a choice to join in with the world and become more like them, we are called to be a new creation, 2 Corinthians 5:17, the old has gone and the new has come. And the desires of our old nature should be put to death.
    Being separate from the world doesn’t mean we are being unloving, legalistic, or judgmental, no not at all, we are called to seek first the kingdom do God, and be transformed into the image of Christ, and I see no way Jesus would have anything to do with the pagan holidays, especially Halloween.
    I gave up many idols in my life to follow Christ, and by giving up an evil, pagan holiday such as Halloween, which was an idol for me, because I wanted to celebrate it, was easy.
    If we truly love Jesus, we will obey His commands, not out of legalism, but because we love Him, more they our desires to partake in evil, or partake in something that is evil in nature, and make it good, because we feel in our heart we are doing it for a good reason, so please remember this verse, as to listening to our hearts,

    Jere: 17-9,

    The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked: who can know it?
    Please know I come to judge no one here, but only to share the word of God, and what is required of us, who are following Him on the narrow path.

    And also remember, how difficult is it to give up a proven pagan holiday, compared to what Jesus Christ went through on the cross for us?
    Being obedient to Christ, and following Him on the narrow road, separated from the world, and putting away the way that leads to death by mimicking the world, isn’t idolatry, but being separated unto Christ, and walking in a manner they glorify’s Him, and not our selfish desires.
    We must love others enough to tell them the truth, and also be a witness to our friends and family, by abstaining from ALL forms of evil.
    Love in Christ,
    Tommy

  108. Also, abstaining from all forms of evil, isnt being self righteous, its being righteous to God’s commands, to be Holy, and set apart unto Him.
    Gods word is meant to divide, and meant to seperate the light from the dark, and if this is putting up walls or barriers that make us seem selfrighteous, or better that the world, then you are wrong.
    I abstain from all forms of evil because I love Jesus with all my heart, and follow Him, not the opinions of men or the world, as Jesus walked in love, but not in tolorance of sin, and disobedience to His command,but to be seperate, and Holy.

  109. Amen Brother Tommy! Thank you for your words. It’s so nice to know that I am not alone. Along with my spouse, I have only found one other couple in our church that feels the same way.
    God is going to bless you for making a stand for Him!!
    My family will be praying along with you come end of October!

    Thank you!

  110. …And how pleased the enemy is when many “Christians” or Christ followers, are celebrating Halloween.

  111. Wow! And here I thought I was all alone!
    Finally I have found someone here on this internet after searching for other Christian’s perspective on “light the night” outreaches! Finally!! :)
    My spouse and I and one other couple in church are the only ones that I know of who do not agree with it. It all started last year, an idea from someone who had heard about it being done elsewhere. I tried talking with the Pastor but gave up as when I said it was a “complete add-on” to the Halloween festivities downtown, he disagreed.
    Well, you know he’s boss, not me. I am a member of a church who does not celebrate Halloween. He announced it last year from the pulpit, “we don’t celebrate Halloween”. Ok. So why all the candy?? And from last years email to him, I inquired if any tracts were going to be handed out. No. What is going to be handed out is love. Showing the community love by hosting games, free food, MORE candy..and of course lots of lights from 4-6pm…So when the little trick-or-treaters come by, they will be hit with even more candy this year BECAUSE our church is having a race to see how many POUNDS of candy they can get from us…donations from the church folk!! They want 200 POUNDS of candy to be available to hand out to the trick-or-treaters! This is a small church and a small town.
    Hey at least your Light the Night has some preaching…as that is what I asked last year…Nope! Just showing the love to the community by doing all the above.

    Here’s what my Sunday bulliten that is about 5×7, front, center, back page. The inside is practically about the big event. Shows the scale weighing in a 157 lbs. as of this weekend. Oh…and let me quote the bottom…
    “WE want to have an abundance of candy…It may be a little thing but this is one way we can show our community that our God is the God of more than enough!” Does this make sense? “Keep the candy coming!” Oh…”Also pray for those who attend that they will see Jesus through our actions.”

    Last time I checked, Jesus didn’t have to use any candy!

    Wow, amazing that you were rebuked! If only they did that to me…I actually asked God to sew my mouth shut just tonight as the announcer for a community parade recently, announced our church as looking “Halloweenish” as they were in the parade handing out flyers for the big event…black and orange signs with date, time, free food, etc. listed…along with some pumpkins in the back.
    Are we not aligning ourselves with the world?
    I’m almost embarrassed to say that I belong to this church as there a some who know that I do not celebrate the day and attend the church who looks “halloweenish”….

    Come Jesus Come!! Please!!!

    Thanks again for finally showing up and letting me know that yes, there is another soul whose fired up for Jesus and is not going along for the ride!!! God bless you for sharing!!
    As for me and my house, we will be praying…’cause you just can’t find any churches around here who want to open their doors up for a good ‘ol fashioned prayer service!! I’m sure there are some out there…please give me directions!! :)

    God bless you!!! :)

  112. Amen Maria,

    satan is the father of lies and deception, and we know that we must be students of God’s word, and know the truth that WILL set us free. Free from the bondage to sin, and the lies of the world.

    satan is pleased when a believer compromises with the world, I should know, as I was in great compromise in many areas of my life, and satan was leading me far from the truth, as he is doing today through paganism, and making those things that are an abomination to God look good, pure and right.
    But what we think doesnt matter,or what we feel, no its what God says in His word, and what Jesus lived out in His ministry.
    The father of lies must be exposed by those who love Jesus Christ, and we must turn from his lies and deception, and trust the Truth.
    Again as you are aware, Christianity isnt a popularity contest, hardly, its a life seperated unto the truth, in a world filled with millions of lies, as most professing Christians will choose the path of least resistance like I did, its those who go against the grain, that will be hated and rejected, and called out as being legalistic, holier than thou, ect..
    We all must be passionate for the truth, apart from mans opinions, because the truth of Christ, is the only thing that will set us free from the lies of satan and the world.
    Thanks for your encouragement Maria, and me and your family will be praying deeply on Haloween, as the world and the apostate church indulges itself in what makes satan smile, and God frown, may His mercy be upon us, as we stand for the truth, and love others enough to share the good news with them.
    Love in Christ,
    Tommy

  113. So, I totally agree on not celebrating Halloween. We don’t do Santa either, but still celebrate Christmas. Where can I find the research about Christmas, Easter, etc. I mean real research not just someone’s views and bits of history.
    Thanks!

  114. Christmas, Easter, Halloween:
    Most people celebrate a traditional Christmas with evergreen trees, holly and Santa. A few will observe and celebrate the birth of the Savior (although it may be displaced several weeks in calendar time). Many will celebrate Easter with colored eggs and fake grass and candy while a few will observe and celebrate the Resurrection of our Lord. Many celebrate Halloween with scary costumes and impish pranks while some others eschew any hint of celebrating such an event but will, inadvertantly, end up “observing” the event with alternatives such as “Fall Festivals” and other such neutral names. A few will neither celebrating nor observe Halloween.

    The reasons most church leader give for such alternatives observances is that it is an outreach to the community. Who could be against outreach? My question regarding this reason is simply this: If free food and games are such an effective way to win the lost to Christ, then why do we not do this every week? Why is only appropriate to do this in late October or early November?

    Broad is way and wide is the gate that leads to destruction and MANY go this way; straight is gate and narrow is the way that leads to eternal life and FEW there be that find it.

  115. Christians are free to choose to celebrate Halloween, Christmas, Easter, birthdays, etc. or not celebrate. You are also free to listen to whatever music you desire, watch television, play card games, go to see a movie, dance with your wife or daughter, and own a Bible that is other than the 1611 KJV. Why are you free to do these things, along with many others we could come up with? You are free because God has not specifically told you to avoid these specific things. He expects you to abide by what He has instructed and commanded (eg., Josh 1:8; Psa 1:1). He takes issue with those who neglect His word by either ignoring it or adding to it; both are serious. From my looking over what many have put forth as evidence of why celebrating Halloween is a sin, I believe you have done what Paul warns the Corinthians about in 1 Corinthians 4:6: “Now these things, brethren, I have figuratively applied to myself and Apollos for your sakes, so that in us you may learn not to exceed what is written, so that no one of you will become arrogant in behalf of one against the other.”

    He has given you His word, which is truth, and His Holy Spirit of truth to guide you into all truth. In light of the truth, He admonishes us to:
    • handle it accurately: 2 Timothy 2:15 “Be diligent to present yourself approved to God as a workman who does not need to be ashamed, accurately handling the word of truth.”
    • let it cause growth in grace and knowledge of Christ: 2 Peter 3:17-18 “You therefore, beloved, knowing this beforehand, be on your guard so that you are not carried away by the error of unprincipled men and fall from your own steadfastness, but grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.”
    • allow it to build discernment (separating good from evil): Hebrews 5:14 “But solid food is for the mature, who because of practice have their senses trained to discern good and evil.”

    What has been presented as to why celebrating Halloween, etc., is a sin is a number of verses that are good and needful but are nowhere tied in Scripture to the celebration of these holidays. Men and women are making that tie, but God in His word has not. A number of verses have been strung together that speak to the real sin of witchcraft, worldliness and idolatry. In some contexts, those statements are going to be tied to specific historical incidents of idolatry. In other cases, they are general statements that are meant to serve as principles. The problem, though, is that when we do this we are guilty of playing the role that the Holy Spirit alone can play. Men have taken those principles and tied them directly to a specific application – Halloween. The Scripture has not done this, people have. They have strung it together in such a way that it appears to be a logical progression, but at the end of it all, they still don’t have a verse that says celebrating Halloween is the equivalent of worshipping the devil or celebrating evil, thus making it is a sin. Doing this makes a person guilty of doing what Paul warned about in 1 Cor 14:6 – exceeding what is written. And, as is often coupled with such an error, they are guilty of doing the very thing that Paul has warned about in Romans 14 – judging the hearts and motives of those who are the servants of another (Rom 14:4).

    As I said, you are free to choose not to celebrate Halloween, Christmas, etc. if you believe it is not in your best spiritual interests or those of your family. You are not free, however, to judge those who see it otherwise.

    Romans 14:4-6 Who are you to judge the servant of another? To his own master he stands or falls; and he will stand, for the Lord is able to make him stand. One person regards one day above another, another regards every day alike. Each person must be fully convinced in his own mind. He who observes the day, observes it for the Lord, and he who eats, does so for the Lord, for he gives thanks to God; and he who eats not, for the Lord he does not eat, and gives thanks to God.

  116. Say what you will. I am a Christian and I will celebrate Halloween, Christmas, and any other holiday I wish. Just remember, the bible says Judge not when you read this. Wherein we judge another, we condemn ourselves. Judging is definitely sinful and is clear from only one or two scriptures in the bible. However, trying to prove Halloween wrong will take many scriptures about other things and twisting them to try and prove something not there. The judging scriptures are about judging. Why do what is clearly condemned in the bible and seek to make more commandments off of other vague scripture. The bible says the “righteous” (not) Pharisees would strain at a knat and swallow a camel. It is all about love, love is the fulfilling of the law. If we celebrate halloween in love, we are ok with God. If we don’t celebrate halloween in love, we are ok. If we don’t celebrate halloween, but have not perfect love, we are evil. If we do celebrate halloween and have not perfect love, we are evil according to the bible. Do what you will and I will do the same. One may esteems one day above another according to the book, another man esteems everyday alike. To those who regard the day, regard the day to God, and those who do not regard the day, to the Lord they do not regard it if they are saved. Let every man be persuaded in his own mind, the bible says. Let not him that eateth not, judge him that eateth. Let not him that celebrateth not judge him that celebrateth. Please, give me a break.

  117. I love you Bible study and only God alone can judge. I can, however, tell you out of love, that there is no way that Halloween is of God.
    I am not here to judge you and tell you where you are going to spend eternity…I’m here to tell you that there is no way by the history of Halloween or the looks of it nowadays, that this holiday glorifies God. If it doesn’t glorify God, then exactly who does it glorify?? There are two Masters to choose from…which one should we be serving with our whole 100%??? Please tell me what part of Halloween glorifies God?

    Is this you Ketutar? “a knat and swallow a camel”???

  118. Shawna

    As a child, I remember crawling out of bed to take a peek at the scary movies my Mom and Dad would watch after we were supposed to be sleeping. I also recall my Dad leaping from behind the laundry basket, jumping in front of the patio doors, or telling us stories about the “boogy man” for a good scare. Thus, fear was being instilled in me very early in life. As I became an adult, I continued to attend Halloween parties and watch the scary movies, even though I proclaimed to be a Christian. After growing more in Christ, I was convicted to let go of the scary movies, and my husband and I decided that we would not celebrate Halloween and would not allow our children to participate either. We understood the history and origins of Halloween, but we were more concerned with the idea of instilling fear in children. Faith and fear do not mix – thus, if I am teaching my child to say “Fear not, for I am with thee,” where do the spooky stories, skeletons, ghosts, witches, and tombstones fit in? Halloween presents itself as a time to celebrate and enjoy “being frightened” and to communicate that fear is fun. Well fear is NOT fun – “God is love” (I John 4:8), and “There is no fear in love” (I John 4:18). I had to renew my mind to this, because I enjoyed being frightened with the scary films and stories (old things have passed away and I am transformed by the renewing of my mind).

    Well, after we purchased our house, we had to decide whether we would pass out candy or tracts, or both. My church does not acknowledge Halloween in any form, and I never felt right about retreating to the basement. So, we decided to pass out candy and tracts. I must admit, that my first year in our home, I was fearful about passing out tracts to some children, because I did not know how they would be received by them or their parents. Unfortunately, by the end of the night, I had no candy left and a pile of tracts(Thank God that He loves us and gives us grace). The following years, I became bolder, but with my children by my side as I passed out the candy and tracts, I did not like the idea of them seeing tweens and adolescents approaching my door, wearing gory costumes.

    This year, my plan is to close the door and pray. I’d love to hear what other people who do not trick-or-treat, pass out tracts, or attend Harvest/Light in the Night fests are doing…

  119. I just read your response and have you not read the articles refuting paganism, and worldliness, and please forgive me if I didn’t understand your article.
    You seem to be saying we as Christians are free to do what we want, drink beer, watch TV, movies that are mostly ungodly, and full of sex, violence, and godless themes.

    The Bible from beginning to end screams out about Holiness, separation, and living a life of purity before God, and those who don’t who choose to fulfill their lustful flesh, and remain in a sinful, lukewarm existence, will not inherit the kingdom of God.
    We as believers are called to judge righteously, by the word of God, and I do understand many so called believers will disagree with this view, but it comes right from the word of God.
    When a righteous man of God judges righteously, he does not represent himself. It is not his (the man’s) will, but it is the will of the Father, even as taught by the Father through the Holy Spirit. The man of God judges according to God’s word, taught in spirit, and in truth, which are God’s precepts and truths, for even a judgment of God must be akin to a worship of God. Thereby a judgment by a man of God glorifies the Father, our God, at all times. A judgment does not glorify himself (man), not even glorifying himself as a Christian.

    That is humbleness, one of a contrite heart and spirit.. Quoted
    from inner light vision.

    See, John 7:24.

    We as believers are not free, or have liberty to feed our sinful desires, we are free from the bondage’s of sin, and death, not to continue in what the world seeks to please itself.
    If you feel professing Christians have the liberty to worship God how they feel, and mix the Holiness of God with the profane with the world, then you are in grave error.
    We cannot mix the light with the dark, or the truth with a lie, and Halloween, Xmas, Easter, are all lies.
    Christians who don’t deny self and the world to follow Christ, and in a lukewarm state like I was for many years of my walk, but no more, and I will stand and defend people like you who cheapen the word of God, by injecting your liberal theology into it,
    It doesn’t work, Gods word is truth, and those who do not want to obey it, are free not to, as it seems you are.
    Just remember the unrighteous will not inherit the Kingdom Of God, as well as those who take the truth of scripture, and make it void of Holiness, and separation unto Christ.
    Yes we are free to celebrate Halloween, or the other pagan holidays, and so were the Israelites, as they choose to worship the golden calf in place of God, by making an idol unto Him, and look what happened to them, it wasn’t a pretty site.
    Holiness and separation isn’t taught very much in the church today, as most churches are in great apostasy, and are more of a country club, atmosphere, where most go to have their ears tickled, and to feel warm and fuzzy inside.
    Well, true Gospel doesn’t make you feel all warm and fuzzy, in fact, most preachers who preach the truth, will be thrown pout of the church, and labeled a legalist, judgmental and worse.
    I am not here to anger anyone, but to make you think outside the box of what is being taught in the western churches today.
    I have said what I wanted to say in my other posts here, and those who still feel its ok to celebrate Halloween, and the other pagan holidays, because we have a choice to do as we please and God will wink at our decisions, are wrong, and on a slippery slope.
    Those profession Christians who watch the same immoral, violent, worldly TV programs and movies, who enjoy a few drinks because Jesus drank, who have no fear and conviction for having their own Halloween Christianized celebrations of this evil holiday, and the like are no better than the lost and dying world.
    I write this not to be harsh, or mean to anyone, but to hopefully dhow you love, love for your souls, and a desire to show you what it means to enter the narrow gate that leads to life, we must let God be true and every man a liar!
    Consider these truths from scripture:
    2 Corinthians 6-11:18

    Be Holy

    11 O Corinthians! We have spoken openly to you, our heart is wide open. 12 You are not restricted by us, but you are restricted by your own affections. 13 Now in return for the same (I speak as to children), you also be open.
    14 Do not be unequally yoked together with unbelievers. For what fellowship has righteousness with lawlessness? And what communion has light with darkness? 15 And what accord has Christ with Belial? Or what part has a believer with an unbeliever? 16 And what agreement has the temple of God with idols? For you[b] are the temple of the living God. As God has said:

    “ I will dwell in them
    And walk among them.
    I will be their God,
    And they shall be My people.”[c]

    17 Therefore

    “ Come out from among them
    And be separate, says the Lord.
    Do not touch what is unclean,
    And I will receive you.”[d]
    18 “ I will be a Father to you,
    And you shall be My sons and daughters,
    Says the LORD Almighty.”[e]

    May His truth be our only guide, to be a Holy, and separate people, who don’t look for loopholes in His word, so that we can wallow in the mud that the world offers, and remember, keeping His commands out of humble obedience and love isn’t a burden but a joy, so for all of you who will go against the word of God and continue to copy or mimic the unholy ways of the world, you are in my prayer they God will open your eyes and heart as He has for me.
    Yes, the closer I draw to God the less I want to do with the world and all its evil pagan traditions that make Gods word of no effect.
    What man highly esteems is an abomination to God, and it should be for us also, who put our trust and faith in Him alone.
    Love in Christ,
    Tommy

  120. Amen Tommy. I have always celebrated Christmas and Easter. Now with a family, I do not include Santa in the mix. We have a birthday cake and sing Happy Birthday to Jesus, 3 gifts to the little ones as what we were taught that the wise men gave 3 gifts. For Easter, no bunny here. I have felt since learning meaning behind “easter” that I’d rather say “Happy Resurrection Day!” instead. I now know I want to research more as you have explained about these man-made holidays as well. I wasn’t sure where I saw it, here or somewhere else online, but as Christians we have noticed Christ being taken out of “Christmas” with retail stores, etc and how they want to encourage all “to put Christ back into Christmas”.
    I wasn’t sure if it was you…but I have read about why we should be putting “X” for XMAS as respect to God… could you help explain that so I can share that with the family? I want to do everything that glorifies and pleases our Lord God. There are many traditions that are passed down to us as children and want to make sure I’m doing right in His eyes with the other holidays. May be tough for the grandparents when I tell them I may not be doing the egghunt! LOL! :) I do know that God knows each of our hearts…I just want to do the right thing so that I’m not sinning against Him by doing certain traditions of men or worshipping idols, etc.

    Thank you for your time! God bless you as He uses you to help others. :)

  121. Hi Shawna,
    That was so true as I grew up celebrating Halloween, getting scared, scary movies, etc. It follows you throughout life. Now with a family, I teach the same. Not to be afraid, trust the Lord.
    We were convicted of Halloween before starting our family. Where we live presently, we have no kids that stop by to even consider what I would do.

    Our church has a ‘light the night’ which I do not agree with especially when a few have mentioned to others that ‘they celebrate Halloween’…the community sees it as an additional fun thing for them during the trick-or-treat time…the church sees it as an outreach. I just feel convicted to sit out on that whole idea. I’m all about reaching out on other days of the year…not completely sold on this particular holiday.

    I’m purposely not looking for a substitute for the kids. Last year, we were out and about playing and didn’t get home until dinnertime. This year most likely we will be home. We plan on praying for everyone involved on this day and the days before and after…Here is a great help for what you can pray for that I had found. Just copy & paste.

    http://libertytothecaptives.net/pray_on_halloween.html

    I forgot about the gory costumes of some that come by so that’s a good idea to shield the kids. It’s bad enough they have to view it when you walk into most stores…there’e no way around it usually unless you stay home!

    Holding a prayer vigil sounds like a great plan! There are many who could use our prayers…many who are caught up in a wicked lifestyle without having a choice…even children who will not be trick-or-treating but involved in some sort of evil event.
    I do not want to forget those children or teens!

    God bless you and your family! :)

    Again, this is the site…

    http://libertytothecaptives.net/pray_on_halloween.html

  122. Tommy,

    I appreciate your sincerity and zeal. I appreciate that you want to be separated from all the sinful entanglements of your flesh and the world. Yes, draw ever nearer to God and enjoy His drawing nearer to you.

    There are two types of legalism that Christians must avoid. The first is thinking we can earn God’s favor by what we do or don’t do. The second is conforming to manmade religious rules and requirements. Tommy, in my humble effort to judge righteously, you are guilty of the latter – saying that people must conform to your definition of holiness else they are guilty of impurity or disobedience to God. I say this in love, Tommy, God does not need your help. He does not need you to define what is holy and what is not. He has done it perfectly in His word. Jesus’ charge against the Pharisees in Mark 7:8 was, “You have let go of the commands of God and are holding on to the traditions of men.”

    You say I seem to be condoning Christians doing whatever they want (with the implication that it is regardless of what God says in His word). You follow that suspicion by saying things I never said, as if that was what I am promoting or that my statements will most certainly condone such activity. Despite your implication, I am doing no such thing. I am promoting the freedom that Christ purchased for His people on the cross, the freedom that Paul says in Gal. 5:12 we are all called to – “You, my brothers, were called to be free.” Anyone who is prone to use grace as a license for irresponsible, sinful behavior, surely does not appreciate the infinite price God paid to give us His grace. At the same time, anyone who tends to use legalism as a hedge against license, just as surely forgets that grace cannot be earned by our behavior.

    Instead of promoting freedom, you are stressing your own rules of conformity. Even though you don’t intend to do this, your applications are encouraging Christians to be conformed not to Christ but to your particular applications – no Halloween, no Christmas, no TV/movies unless it meets with *your* standards of godliness. The Holy Spirit is perfectly capable of bringing His truth to bear on His people without your help.

    Your fear of indulging the sinful nature is a valid one. The verses you quote are needful reminders. However, you need to be just as fearful of falling into legalism. In fact, legalism is an indulging of the sinful nature because, as Jerry Bridges says in Transforming Grace, “it fosters self-righteousness and religious pride. It also diverts us from the real issues of the Christian life by focusing on external and sometimes trivial rules.”

    Just like the Pharisees, you are desperately determined not to break the laws of God. Don’t make the same mistake they did, which was to define a system of rules to keep them from even coming close to angering God. Over the years, their rules accumulated into the hundreds. These laws became every bit as important as the scriptural laws and in some instances more important. In your zeal, you are elevating your rules to the level of God’s commandments. In your rulebook, to have a Christmas tree in your home or to take your kids trick-or-treating is on par with worshipping Baal. It would be sufficient if you simply stuck with God’s own admonitions against idolatry and worldliness, but you go further – you exceed what is written (1 Cor. 4:6) – when you make the specific applications you do.

    As my post stated – you are free to participate in Halloween or not participate. You are free to determine what best helps you in your walk with God. What is helpful and needful for you, though, may not necessarily be applicable to others. I do not fault you for your personal position, only for your position that your personal preferences regarding these holidays should be true for all Bible-believing, Spirit-led Christians. Be careful that you do not bind the consciences of other believers with your own private beliefs that arise out of your own walk with God. As John Owen taught, “only what God has commanded in his word should be regarded as binding; in all else there may be liberty of actions.”

    Tommy, may you continue to grow in the grace and knowledge of God. For all of you who choose not to participate in any Halloween festivities, may God be glorified in your abstaining and may all your households serve the Lord with gladness.

    Nick

  123. Tommy,

    I posted a response to your comments below. I realized after I responded that you prefaced your comments with the caveat of “please forgive me if I didn’t understand your article. You seem to be saying…” Based on your statements I do believe you misunderstood me, at least I hope you did. Keep that in mind as you read my reply.

    In Christ,
    Nick

  124. Christ Follower

    Yes we have regular prayer services every Wed nights and my church and Pastor is very mature spiritually but this is the first time I have ever disagreed with them about anything! I love my pastor so much and I know he is just trying to take advantage of an outreach opportunity but I think he is opening up doors he does not understand here. I really hate it that b/c he is the pastor he thinks he has the monopoly on Gods revelation. I think he has just missed it big time here but I will pray harder for discernment for him and love him in spite of his ignorance here! I know pastors are not perfect I appreciate his desire to reach people I just think he is misled in a very dangerous way on this subject!

  125. Yes, I will have to pray more instead of talking about it. I just about gave up last year and have been putting on my church face and going in hopes to see more of the works of the Holy Spirit in church. But come end of Sept., it’s the big talk of the great event…Light the night…and continues every Sunday reminding us to bring the candy in as they want 200 lbs. of it!

  126. Don’t forget to pray everyone no matter if you are celebrating the day or not…there are many people who could use our prayers this weekend!

  127. Nick, thanks for your response, I humble accept your views, but just want to let you know that what I have written is all in the word of God, not my rules but His, Jesus said, if you love me you will obey my commands, and I feel you didn’t read my response well, but I will not repeat it, as I felt I made the message of the Gospel on Holiness clear.

    you said>>

    Just like the Pharisees, you are desperately determined not to break the laws of God. Don’t make the same mistake they did, which was to define a system of rules to keep them from even coming close to angering God.

    I am not defining a system of rules like the Pharisees, but sharing the truth on Biblical Holiness and separation from the world, and its practices.

    Again I obey Jesus because I love Him, as I mentioned in my last response, and I am sorry you feel I am being legalistic, but you are judging me unfairly.

    You seem not to understand the difference about worldliness and Biblical holiness, or separation from the world.

    Gods laws are not burdensome, but give us direction in following Christ on the narrow path.

    And if you think I am saying or making up laws and rules to earn my salvation, then you are wrong there also.

    Legalism, is man trying to be saved through his good works and obeying the law,while Biblical Holiness is one who is already saved, showing good works as a result of their salvation!
    James 2:26 (New King James Version)
    26 For as the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without works is dead also.

    You see Nick, I don’t keep the law to be righteous, or to be legalistic, or lay heavy burdens on others to keep many laws to be saved, or to earn God’s love and mercy.

    Do you believe you can never lose your salvation? I don’t mean like loosing your car keys, but actually falling away from your faith in Christ and live in habitual sin, and still be saved? Such as what Charles Stanley teaches?

    You see Nick, what you believe doesn’t matter what so ever, and what I believe doesn’t matter at all ever, but what the word of God teaches.

    All who preach Biblical Holiness, will be called legalistic, and judgmental, that is a fact, especially by those in the liberal, apostate church.

    I obey God because I love Him with all my life, and want to please my heavenly father as I walk the narrow road in humble obedience.

    Please do a good Bible study on what Biblical Holiness is Nick, and again, there is a HUGE difference between legalism, and Biblical Holiness.

    God Loves me despite all my many, many faults, and nothing I do will earn His love for me, but since I love Him, and put Him first in my life, I avoid anything that is an offense to Him, or doesn’t glorify Him.

    Being lukewarm, will get you vomited out of Jesus mouth, do you think Jesus was preaching a legalistic message to a Church falling into the sin of idolatry?

    You do not see the difference between Biblical Holiness, and separation, and legalism.

    We are commanded to be Holy as He is Holy, and how we live, worship, and what we do, can either bear good fruit or bad fruit.

    Keeping Gods laws, on abstaining from ALL forms of evil, or not to put anything worthless before your eyes, isn’t a suggestion, but one of many commands given to us who have come out from among the fallen world and have chosen a life that is in submission and obedience to God, not to earn anything from Him, but to show evidence that we are saved, and continue in Holiness and separation from the world, its pagan holidays, ungodly TV, and movies, and the list goes on.

    I think you are saying that these ungodly things I listed, are being legalistic, and laying heavy burdens on others, and if this is so, you cannot see the difference between the Holy and profane, or why its so very important for true Christians to turn from what the world loves, and seek what the Lord loves, this Nick isn’t legalism, or a bunch of heavy rules kept to earn my salvation and God’s love, its having a strong desire to follow my Lord in spirit and truth, by walking with Him in humble obedience, by honoring Him with my life.
    So if we are walking in the spirit, we will give no provision to the flesh, which offers nothing good, but death and separation from Jesus.

    So to conclude, the Pharisees made all kinds of laws and burdens to promote their self righteousness, these laws were a burden on the people, as they sat and judged others, while they were guilty of what they were judging others about.

    You must learn the difference between, righteous judgement, as I described, and self righteousness, which is what the Pharisees were doing.

    I pray you would understand what Gods Holy word is saying to all who will listen, and obey, and also understand that obeying and honoring God by submitting to Him, and His high standard is a joy, and brings good fruit into ones life.

    Please consider:
    1John 3: 7-8 “Little children, let no man deceive you: he that doeth righteousness is righteous, even as he (God) is righteous. He that commits sin is of the devil; for the devil sinneth from the beginning. For this purpose the Son of God was manifested, that he might destroy the works of the devil.”

    Could anything be more plain than this. John said it’s what you do that really counts. If you continue to do the “works” of the devil, you will be with him one day and not with God.

    Legalism is not teaching against separation from the world. Rather it is believing that you can be saved from doing so. The Bible teaches us to be holy. If teaching separation from the world is legalism, then God is the best legalist! It is God who said that friendship with the world is enmity against Him (James 4:4). It is God’s Word that tells us that true religion is to keep oneself unspotted from the world (James 1:27). It is the Word of God that declares if you love the world, then you do not love God (I John 2:15-16). If you do not love these commandments you do not love God. One will not find antinomianism in the Bible.

    Nick, being separate from the world, and what the world esteems, that is UNHOLY, isn’t legalism, but LOVE for God.

    I thank you so much Nick, and appreciate your input on what I am saying, I am not asking you to believe anything I have written in this blog, we all do have free will to accept or reject the truth from scriptures.

    You will not be able to convince me that I am in error, because I am telling you the truth, not from my own worthless opinion, but from the word of God, on what is means to be Holy and separated unto Him, not out of legalism, or earning my salvation by being perfect. NO, by remaining in Him, serving Him, picking up my cross, and denying self, to live a life different from the dying world and church.

    This is not legalism, or my own self righteous opinions, and if you cannot get past that, then nothing I can say will convince you of the truth, except conviction from the Holy Spirit.

    I do not live in bondage to my sinful nature any more, or to the ways of the world,but have been made free in Christ.
    Love in Christ, Tommy

  128. Thanks for your encouragement Maria, and also being hungry for the truth, as we must be as Christians, or else we will be led astray from the lies of satan.
    It seems when we make a stand for Holiness in the church, we will be rejected as being a pharisee or legalist, and most see or take the freedom in Christ to mix with the world, or see how close thay can get to the world in thier lives, and still be considered a Christian.
    I stand alone, and have lost many friends who are sad to say, following a pastor, or preacher, or teacher who is leading them astray.
    I want to comment on your questions on the pagan holidays, and will as time permits.
    God wants us to be totally seperated from all forms of evil, and paganism, and its difficult when we have children, and close family who still celebrate these holidays, I know it was difficult for me to do this, but I know that we must not be involved in any such celebrations that are from the world, paganism, and the apostate catholic Church.
    Its hard to give up the traditions our families have been partaking in for decades, and as with Haloween, I believe scripture is clear, that we musnt be divided in what we do that involves paganism, and worship of God, its all a lie.
    Remember Jesus isnt the reason for the season, He was never in the season, and Xmas is a way to express this holiday, without profaning Christ name, remember the world highly esteems this holiday, its the worlds, its thier holiday, that love, and live for it.
    I cannot tell you what to do Maria, but we must seek God, and He will give you the answer.
    Also there are 364 days of the year we can thank our heavenly father for His greatest gift, the birth of His son Jesus, to save us from our sins, we are not commanded to celebrate His birthday, not His resurrection, but to celebrate His death, through the Lords supper.
    You seem to have a deep desire to walk in the truth, and defend Gods Holy word, amongnst those who take it lightly, and not seriously, like many here in thier liberal beliefs.
    I stand alone in my convictions, and we must stand alone with Jesus Christ, when the world, and the apostate church is falling asleep, and drifting away from thier first love.
    Remember, when Jesus was knocking on the door, He is knocking on the door of His church, to be let in.
    How sad to me that the Church has left Christ outside, locked out, and asking to come in, this verse breaks my heart, as it reminds me of my self, as I lived in compromise, and serving my flesh, over my Lord and King. :(

    Revelation, 3:20:22

    20 Behold, I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears My voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and dine with him, and he with Me. 21 To him who OVERCOMES I will grant to sit with Me on My throne, as I also overcame and sat down with My Father on His throne.
    22 “He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches.”’”

    My prayers are with you and your family, and also for strong prayer against the evil one on Haloween.

    Love in Christ,
    Tommy

  129. Tommy,

    I wholeheartedly agree with your points about holiness and separation from the world. What I am taking issue with is your defining who is separated and who is not, who is holy and who is profane, who has the appearance of evil and who is separated from the world. To do so is legalistic – saying that a person must conform to another person’s definition of holiness.

    Am I unholy and worldly if I take my children trick-or-treating? Am I an idolater if I have a Christmas tree in my home? To say yes, Tommy, is to go beyond what is written (1 Cor 4:6). If yes, “Who are you to judge the servant of another? To his own master he stands or falls; and he will stand, for the Lord is able to make him stand” (Rom 14:4). I am 100% for holiness as God defines it in His word, but not for men’s definitions that go beyond what is written.

    Preach holiness, Tommy. Preach separation from the world. Preach wholehearted devotion to Jesus Christ. Just beware of going beyond what God has said in His word and start declaring what people can “handle,” “taste,” and “touch.” For “these are matters which have, to be sure, the appearance of wisdom in self-made religion and self-abasement and severe treatment of the body, but are of no value against fleshly indulgence” (Col 2:21-23).

    Grace and peace,
    Nick

  130. Nick, I humble thank you for your response, and again, I will not continue to dialog with you, I have made it clear to you what the word says about Holiness and separation, and you just don’t seem to understand it.

    You aw wrong as I have mentioned about me adding my own pet rules to Gods word, and when you go against His pure teachings, and summit yourself and your family to the pagan practices of the world, you are going against Gods truth about mixing with the world.

    If you cannot see what you are doing to your family, as I assume you are taking your children out on this evil night, that breaks the heart of God.

    And who am I to judge another of Gods servant, well Nick, I am nobody, just a lost soul who was found, just a humble servant, of Jesus Christ, called to judge righteously, as I stressed in my previous articles.

    You seem to take pride in your worldly choices, to be free to serve God as you please,and cannot grasp what real HOLINESS is!

    And do not blame the messenger of truth, your problem is with following the Lord in spirit and truth, and totally separating you and your family from the world, and just as starters you see nothing wrong with celebration Halloween, after you are well away of all its many evil, and demonic origins, and willing to submit your family to it, then there is nothing more foe me to say to you, as your worldliness, and blatant disobedience to the word of God has been made void in your decisions.

    You do not understand what it means to be a true follower of Jesus Christ,
    and seem to feel that anyone who defends the truth of scriptures is legalistic, or judgmental.

    I have said I have been led to say to you, you make your choices to disobey God, and invite evil spirits, and paganism into your home is your decision, and you seem determined to do it, despite what God is saying to His people, as shared in my above posts.

    And remember Nick, those things that we cannot give up for the Lord, is idolatry, which I should know, I was the king of idolatry, in many ways, so I am not talking out of the side of my mouth, but from true life experience.

    I have made myself clear on what we are debating about, and also that I am not making up my own rules to lay burdens on others, I am following Christ in purity and Holiness.

    We are not brothers in Christ, as you have chosen to follow the wide path that leads to destruction, and blame me and those for making up, or adding to scripture, laws to cause heavy burdens to those who choose to be disobedient to God, and His commands.

    Say what you will Nick, about me, and my zeal, which is more of aspersion for the truth, and warn those who will hear to return to their first love.

    17 Therefore

    “ Come out from among them
    And be separate, says the Lord.
    Do not touch what is unclean,
    And I will receive you.”[d]
    18 “ I will be a Father to you,
    And you shall be My sons and daughters,
    Says the LORD Almighty.”[e]

    My question to you is, do you think mixing our worship with the ways of the world, and celebration Halloween, in any way or fashion, is pleasing to God?

    You are confused over biblical separation, and worldliness, and see those who preach against it as judgmental.

    In closing, I pray the Holy Spirit will show you your error, and stop blaming others for your unwise, and ungodly decisions, the church is full of people who want to have it both ways, one foot in the world, and one in the church, or they want to have their cake, and eat is too.

    I pray you will make the right decision, not out of what I have said in the many articles, but on what GOD’S WORD says, about abstaining from all forms of evil.

    I thank you again for your time in reading my articles, we are both in disagreement, and my prayer for myself is that the Lord would use me, not in a self righteous way, but in a loving, way, warning those who will hear, trust and obey Him, would, and make a stand for Him, by abstaining from all forms of evil, and if you can say, that Halloween, isn’t evil for yourself, or worshiping God on the pagan holidays, and joining in with the worlds traditions, because it may feel right to you, then you have missed the true meaning of scripture, and separation.

    Love in Christ,
    Tommy

  131. Today, I was listening to a speaker who was discussing the “sons of God” & the “daughters of men” in Genesis 6, with insights from the Hebrew. I transcribed what he so beautifully made clear.

    Some interesting information is given in this talk that affects this discussion & some deep things that apply to our lives, how we walk them out, as well as to what’s happening in the earth, today, & ultimately the picture Scripture gives of God coming to judge the earth, are contained herein. The Scriptural references were the speaker’s.

    So, please read prayerfully & chew on all that is in this excerpt. Hopefully, it will make clear God’s viewpoint of this discussion.

    “The earth also was corrupt before God, and the earth was filled with violence. And God looked upon the earth, and, behold, it was corrupt; for all flesh had corrupted his way upon the earth.” Genesis 6:11-12

    “In other words, not only were the offspring of the sons of God & daughters of men producing wickedness, not only was the fruit of their union wicked, but their wickedness was so pervasive and so great, that it actually had the ability to corrupt the very earth.

    And so, I’m going to suggest to you that way back in Genesis 6, when the sons of God & the daughters of men were coming together, and they were committing something that was profane – they produced these wicked offspring, these children who just perpetuated this wickedness, who perpetuated this profanity, and it actually effected the very earth & the earth itself came under the bondage of corruption that Paul talks about in Romans, chapter 8.

    And so, if everything I’ve suggested to you is accurate, and I believe that it is, here’s what we come away with:

    If the sons of God are not fallen angels, but if they are just what the Scriptures say that they are, b’nei haelohim – sons of god, then I’m going to suggest to you that they represent something that is holy. The Hebrew term for holy, kadosh, means, “set apart,” – it’s not contaminated with other things, it’s not mixed with other things.

    I’m going to suggest to you that that’s actually what “the sons of God” are: they are people who are set apart; they are “holy.” And “the daughters of men” is referring to those who were common, those who had already profaned themselves, who had already polluted themselves, spiritually, if you will. And when “the sons of God, “ who represent the holy, come together with “the daughters of men,” who represent the profane, & the common – when they come together, the end result is corruption & defilement, so extensive, that not only are the fruit of this union defiled & corrupt, but actually, the very earth became corrupt.

    Now, how can I say something like that? Well, frankly, because it is in the Scripture. There is in Leviticus 19:19 and in Deuteronomy 22:9, two very, VERY important Scriptures. There are more, but those two bring out the point.

    According to these two Scriptures, from God’s point of view, not necessarily mine or yours, but from God’s point of view & that’s the point of view that’s really important – from His point of view when you take something that is holy, and then you mingle it with something that is profane, by His standards, now the end result of this is corruption & defilement. Because in Leviticus 19:19 He says you’re not to take two species of cattle & mix them together, you’re not to wear garments that are wool mingled with linen & right between those two statements He says, if you have a field, you’re not to take two different seeds, two different species of seed & mix them together in that same field.

    In Deuteronomy 22:9, He says if you have a vineyard, don’t take two different kinds of seed & mix them in the same vineyard. Because He says if you do this, here’s the end result: not only will the fruit that they’re going to produce be considered defiled by Me – corrupt – but the vineyard itself, or the field itself, is corrupt.

    And so, the larger principle that is being taught through this is that God says don’t take something holy & mingle it with something profane. If you do this, & you mix these two together, the end result, as far as God is concerned, is corruption & defilement. And it will eventually defile the very earth that it’s sitting on, the very vineyard that it’s growing in.

    Now, there’s plenty of Scriptures to validate this point. In fact, in Leviticus 9 & chapters 10 & 11, we see where God says I am holy. I am set apart. You, My people, you be set apart, too. You be holy, too. (Lev. 11:44-45) Don’t be like the nations (pagans), be like Me; do like I do. Think like I think, walk like I walk. Eat things that won’t pollute your body. You’re My people and I don’t want you to be common & unclean – profane; you’re supposed to be holy, like Me.

    So, again, the idea is, the principle is, you are not to take things that are holy & then mix them with things that are profane. We cannot, you & I, we do not have the authority or the power, to take things that are profane & then make them holy; we can’t do it.

    For instance, we take October 31st, and we’ll have a “Hallelujah Harvest Festival” or something like that. We try to take something that is inherently profane & try to put a holy label on it. It doesn’t work. We don’t have the authority to do that. We don’t have the power to do that. Only God can take something that is profane, something that is common & unholy & then say it’s holy. How do I know that? Because He’s done it with me.

    He took something that was unclean, unholy & profane & He says, “Now you’re holy.” But for Him to do that it requires death & it required me to be born again. So the point is, you & I cannot take something that is profane & turn around & make it holy. Only God can.

    However, you & I can take something that is holy & then profane it. Because throughout the Scripture we see how He tells His people that I’m going to sanctify My holy Name. Why? Because YOU have profaned it among the nations (Ezekiel 36:20-21). You’ve made it common, you’ve defiled it, you’ve trampled it down in the mud, so I’m going to have to sanctify it, Myself.

    So, where you & I can’t take something profane & make it holy, we certainly have the ability & we have the will, in most cases, to take something holy & then profane it. And God says don’t do this. Because when you do it, you defile it, you make it corrupt.

    And this is the principle, I believe that we see in the very beginning, when the sons of God – holy – mingle with the daughters of men – profane – the end result is corruption & defilement so great, so extensive, that not only is the fruit – their offspring corrupt – but the very land, the field, the vineyard, the earth is also made corrupt & defiled. And thus we read in Romans, chapter 8, the earth is groaning, eagerly anticipating for the sons of God to be revealed, so that the earth, itself, can be freed, can be liberated, from its bondage of corruption.

    And so, if the sons of God & their revealing actually has the concurrent ability to free the earth & liberate it from its corruption, it must mean this – considering that the sons of God mingling with profane things caused the earth to be subjected to this corruption – it must mean that in the end the sons of God who are now hidden are going to learn not to mingle the holy with the profane (Isaiah 46:10).

    Paul says there is coming a day, when the sons of God are revealed, when all these things I’ve expressed to you are going to be accomplished, that in the process of being revealed, it includes the fact that the sons of God are disciplining themselves by the Spirit of God, to purge out the profane, purge out the common.

    How do we know what is common, how do we know what is holy? The only way we’re going to know is by the Word of God. It’s not for you & I to decide; God has already decided. What’s yet to be decided is if you & I are going to be transformed into the image of His Son. What’s to be decided is if you & I are going to submit to His will, His agenda, His purposes. That’s what we’ve got to decide as an individual.

  132. Amen Tommy you are right on. May the LORD keep you strong and not bend to the world!!

  133. Chavah

    I am shocked how many Christians celebrate, and not just with Bible characters, but with the same ghoulish costumes the world wears. I grew up having nothing to do with it, and my parents educated us on the history of Halloween. Now my husband, kids, and I attend a church that holds a Truck or Treat. I think it is trying to mix God and Satan.

  134. Tommy-

    The Church is not necessarily a building with people in it. You better have both feet in the world if you truly want to follow Christ. Matthew 23????
    Christians should be provoked not repulsed. You should be provoked to love the sinners, spend time with them let them be cleansed by knowing Him through you.

  135. Jane W

    What business has light mixing with darkness? God was quite clear about the times that were special to Him.

    Scripture tells us we are to pattern our lives after Messiah and it records that He kept the Appointed Times (Lev 23) including the 7th day Sabbath.

    If you want to celebrate the Harvest, what better time then when God said to to so at the Feast of Tabernacles.

    If you wish to commemorate the resurrection of Messiah than why not do it when God said to at the Feast of First Fruits.

  136. Joe, I believe Tommy is quite aware of the meaning of “The Church”.
    Excuse me but “both feet in the world”???
    Last time I had one foot in church and one in the world, I was considered ‘lukewarm’ and was going straight to HELL!!!
    I don’t believe by reading anything that Tommy has written is not out of love. The problem is that many feel like you when it comes down to people like Tommy stepping on yours and other’s toes…you don’t like it so you have to find something that will fit your own selfish beliefs.

  137. How about one of your child’s “PASTOR” at church telling you that she couldn’t decide what she wanted to dress as for their light night outreach? Fairy or angel????

    Please Jesus come soon before our children become even more confused within the Houses of God!!!

  138. Christ Follower

    Maria- What part of the country do you live in? Are you on FB? I live in Chattanooga TN and my family is the ONLY one in our church who has these thoughts! We have taken a stand (my only child is 9 and he is watching how all this unfolds) that has been a high cost. I know it is worth it but many are avoiding us and labeling us troublemakers. Yes it is the only talk every service from the pulpit and everyone is soooo excited and keep saying how Jesus is so pleased with it and them! I have been so very very grieved! Thanks for understanding my pain!

  139. “Christ Follower”, You are welcome. And thank you for making me also feel like I’m not alone. We live in a small town in the NW. :)
    I have small children that I am trying to do my best teaching my own and keeping the ‘world’ where it belongs…in the world. When I go to church, I expect to go to God’s house leaving the things of this world outside the doors of the church. How confusing it must be for Jesus’ little ones?? To come unto me…and when you come into God’s house you have a children’s program that exhonerates the world…to encourage to dress up on theme nights…like star wars, pirates, ninjas…and to have your children’s pastor make a comment about how she wasn’t sure what she should be…fairy or angel for Light the night! I don’t care if she did or ended up not dressing…to have to wonder or to think about being a fairy?? And I teach my children early about the difference of the two and to be able to discern what is evil vs. good. Not to meddle with magic, fairies, etc. And to have to come to church and here that in front of my kids???
    And then after the grand event, the senior Pastor made sure to address and have those who helped raise their hands..and of course, to show exactly who didn’t help while hands were raised. What a complete joke!
    Honestly, I can’t wait to see Jesus and have worship time with Him! I am having a hard time right now keeping my eyes on Him when these things are happening within God’s house.
    I definitely have been labeled as I have addressed all pastors, deacons, board in the past for many things. Since then, I have been pulling it together for my kids. I’ve never felt like this before.

    Come Jesus come! Please!

  140. There are many lukewarm profession Christians in the world today. We should be on fire for God, and not let our light be mixed with darkness. If the light that is in us be darkness, how great is that darkness?

  141. Jonathan Kemmerer-Scovner

    Here is an article I wrote on this very topic, being rasied a Christian and introducing my son to Halloween. I would be grateful for any comments.

    http://criticalmassesmedia.com/2010/11/21/tales-and-their-tellers-6-where-there-is-no-imagination-there-is-no-horror/

  142. david rossin

    this is all very interesting, ive have checked on the web about all these subjects all have pagan roots and rituals, however alternative make it to be , its still pagan and God hates it, ive noticed that all though christian beleifs have come out of the jewish religion we are being more and more removed from it, some are suggesting that we should celerbrate what the jews do, and im inclined to agree, most of these celerbration were put into christianty around 325ad…. but having said that it might have been difficult to become a christian in the first place as ive have allways celerbrated christmas and easter as a kid, but i really think its worse to be eased into a chrstian than being given the truth first

  143. j.elohim

    “…It’s not JUST about doing that which was right, it’s about getting rid of your high places and putting away the seducing spirits…”
    Simple, really.
    Anti-chr.st is anti-chr.st.
    (anti-) means ‘against’ or ‘instead of’…..
    That includes ALL of society and the society customs. Holidays, Pharmakea, Chruch, Idolatry(in the roman chruch and all of it’s proselytes, evil birthed of evil)
    Simple, really,
    but WHAT CAN YOU DO ???? …
    ..
    .
    nothing.
    .
    ..
    for man, it is impossible….
    ..
    .
    but :) (beautiful but!) :) for
    the Creator all things are possible…. YEAH YEAH YEAH!!!
    He, the Creator,
    and only He,
    can SAVE YOU FROM YOURSELF, AND
    FROM SOCIETY, and FROM has.t.n,
    and from sin and from sinfulness, and from every fear, and from death,
    UNTO LIFE FOREVER N EVER! YEAH!
    ..
    no chruch will nor can save you.
    no society will nor can save you.
    no prayer will nor can save you.
    ..
    just like during the flood, ONLY THOSE WHO WERE IN THE ARK WERE SAVED!!!!
    ..
    so, now, ONLY THOSE WHO ARE IN YAHSHUA(JESUS) are saved, no one else.
    simple, really.
    He is able, and IF you talk to ABBA seeking HIS HELP ONLY, then Yahshua will make Himself known to you and ABBA will accomplish your healing/salvation with immediate righteousness, peace and joy.
    He hates what the deceiver has done on earth including through all of the religious groups….
    but He Himself Will Still Save You IF IF IF IF IF IF IF you seek HIM HIMSELF, the very Creator Himself, and renounce society.

  144. THANK YOU, Robin, for sharing this blog. Sometimes, I feel like I’m the only christian that takes a stand against Halloween. It’s hard when you go to church with others that think there is nothing wrong with Halloween. It’s even hard to go to a church that calls it by a different name, “trunk or treat.” I try to avoid taking my kids in stores late September/October because of all the scary things around. They don’t like looking at the scary stuff either, thank God. I’m glad they are sensitive to this, and not desensitized! It’s good to know that there are other christians out there that refuse to “celebrate” this so-called “holiday.” (I just wish I could find some where I live.) My husband & I stand firm that we will not participate, nor allow our children to participate, in this evil “holiday.” I pray more christians would open their eyes to the Truth. I am so thankful that my eyes were opened to this about 20 years ago.

  145. We had our children dress up for halloween when they were very young and thought we were doing fine by not having them dress as anything “bad”. We stopped when our oldest was about 9. We don’t participate at all even though our church does a Fall Festival with Trunk or Treat. All the churches have pumpkin patches. Why? They know why people are buying the pumpkins. They aren’t the kind you make pies out of, too big!
    Halloween is the only time parents need to take their children’s candy to have it ex-rayed for foreign objects or be concerned it’s poisoned. This doesn’t happen during Christmas, Easter, Thanksgiving, Forth of July, or any other holiday.
    Even though we don’t turn our porch light on we get at least one group who comes to the door. We just tell them we don’t participate. They look at us rather baffled but we’re seeing fewer and fewer. Not because there are fewer but because the churches are hosting the halloween parties instead. I think it’s great that the church sees an opportunity but they aren’t teaching what is behind it so they’re perpetuating it.
    Funny thing last year, my son’s cub scout pack had a halloween party for the October pack meeting. We weren’t going to go but decided to see how they handled it. Only two of the games had a halloween theme and they were extremely mild, none of the candy had halloween pictures on it, and no costumes were allowed. It was simply a carnival theme. But, at church for the rest of the month the kids were given eye balls, vampire and werewolf teeth, and halloween candy as prizes.

  146. By the way, my youngest two have never celebrated halloween. Our homeschool group used to have a book ball in the spring where they would dress as book characters so they had a wonderful opportunity to dress up in costumes and NOT be part of anything pagan. So for those who feel their children would miss out, there are better alternatives to halloween with out having to compromise.

  147. jeff elohim

    yes, “… alternatives…” —
    since there is obviously
    no alternative to Eternal Life but death,
    since there is obviously no alternative to Scripture, according to Scripture,
    since
    the Creator of All LIFE says that any and all alternatives to HIM are wrong and fatal and dead,
    then why does anyone pick and choose and live and support
    hllwn or any other anti-Scripture activity at all ?
    Since it is “JUST BARELY” that the RIGHTEOUS ONES are saved, what happens to the common man?
    And of course far far far worse off is the man who turns any little one away from LIFE and TRUTH.
    Scripture is the Standard. There is no other. Don’t trust any man – Scripture says that anyone… anyone who trusts in flesh(mankind) has no chance at all.
    But he who trusts ABBA ELOHIM like a little boy trusts his father ,
    for him salvation is as good as done by ABBA HIMSELF.
    Don’t trust man.
    Do trust the only true G_d, Yhvh is His Name, by His Grace Shown upon men in Yahshua the Saviour.

    man, (mankind)= obaba, billy cracker, the world chruch, bigFarma, bigBusiness, bigBanks, bigUniversities, etcetcetc ad nauseum ……
    man, (mankind) = “instead of truth”
    man, (mankind) = “instead of Christ”
    man, (mankind) = “anti-Christ” just as in the “days of NOAH” when ONLY EIGHT WERE SAVED….

    Since satan loves halloween, do you(anyone seeking to be a follower of Yahshua/Yah’s Salvation/Jesus) really want to dabble in it?

  148. Mama Mia

    I do not celebrate Halloween because I am a Christion. Some celebrate it because of ignorance. I asked those kids who come and knock for money this question, What does halloween mean? Poor innocent girl, she said ‘I dont know’ what a shame.

  149. Thank you again, Robin, for the wonderful information you take the time to share with us. I am still amazed at how Christians can justify celebrating any form of such wickedness regardless of how it looks.

    I have an idea for someone who likes to write and publish. I have had this idea for a long time buy I simply don’t have the time to get around to it. There is a book out titled, “Mommy, Why Don’t We Celebrate Halloween?”. I purchased it several years ago only to read on things like “see how it feels and how different Christmas and Easter feel?” I kept the book to use as a starting example in hopes of writing a book that could be read in homes for children whose families follow Biblical holidays instead. It would be nice to have real books that explain our position to our children. I have thought to have my artist daughter illustrate it after I have written it. Wouldn’t that be a wonderful assignment for our home educated children? There are wonderful self-publishing sites where they could upload the docs and have it printed into a real book.

  150. Mildred

    My family stopped doing Halloween activities after our church condemned it. I was so angry as a child that I started questioning everything in the Bible and started really looking into Christianity. I’m glad I did because it made me realize it’s not for me. Now my children celebrate Samhain/ Halloween, etc. and there is a peace in my life I never had as a Christian and all the hate and close-mindedness that comes with it is out of my life.

  151. T Hampton

    I strongly agree! We need to find a way to get this holiday out of our public schools. We need to have out PTA and School boards flooded with letters requesting the banning of Halloween activities from school.

  152. My husband feels that we should also not celebrate Christmas due to it’s pagan roots as well…we have this ‘discussion’ pretty much every year. Any thoughts?

  153. i really like what you have put here, kudos

  154. I have a great blog about Hallowe’en. Many christians are unsure of what to do when it comes to hallowe’en. If you are interested, I would like to encourage everyone to read this. http://oneplanetinreview.wordpress.com/2011/08/10/about-halloween/

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  156. Kimberly

    I was skeptical when I first saw the article. I thought ‘Here we go again. Somebody defending halloween acceptance by christians.’

    This article was a refreshing change.

    My children (oldest 15) have never celebrated this holiday in the traditional sence. We used to participate in church festivals and such, but then we realized they were no better. Actually worse. For one to dress like a witch or vampire, then get up and proclaim the Gospel on Sunday morning just seemed plain out wrong!

    I praise the God of Israel. The One True Living God! He is on the throne, and thank you for being obedient to His word, and helping to bring this to light for others.

  157. Charity

    Thank you for revealing the truth!! My husband and I rejected halloween all together after finding out the truth behind it. Our kids will not grow up being any part of it either. We now also try to get the truth out to others so they will stop celebration of this foolishness. Its sad how many people make excuses for it and still try to find a way to celebrate

  158. Marisol

    I agree 100%. No compromise for our family. It is wicked and our family will have no part in it at all.

    Our children (15yrs down to 3 yrs) have never, and as far as we are concern will never celebrate such a horrid day.

    Our church does nothing but continue to preach/teach/proclaim the Gospel and God’s truth. None of us really even acknowledge it.

    Our children know the history behind it and how wicked it is and they themselves want nothing to do with it.

    Our God is a most Holy God and He commands us to be holy (1 Peter 1:16) … there is nothing holy about all hallows eve.

    I don’t believe in participating in evil to “so-call” evangelize or witness to people.
    You can witness anywhere, anytime. It seems like a justification to participate in something worldly and evil.

    Thank you for posting truth and taking a stand no matter what comments you get.

    Lord bless you and yours!!

  159. Jackie

    I am so glad that there are people like you who will tell it like it is. The only church that I would even consider going to has a Halloween party to keep the kids from going trick or treating.
    I refused to allow my children to go trick or treating or celebrate the holiday in any way. We need more people like you to speak out about this rotten holiday

  160. Sarah Hunt

    I just read your blog on Halloween and wanted to share my story. I was convicted not to participate in Halloween when I was a single public school teacher. Our whole school dressed up on Halloween from the principal on down. At first I dressed up as Maria von Trapp until I realized that that particular generation had no idea who she was! Then as I learned more of the roots of the day, I quietly got off of the boat.
    When we got married, my husband and I decided that we would not celebrate it in any form whatsoever. As the children began to notice that the whole neighborhood was trick or treating, they began to feel left out. I really prayed about something that our family could do that was special and still honored God.
    So…in October, when everyone is buying pumpkins and Halloween decorations and costumes, we are busy reading Pilgrim Stories and Squanto, Friend of Pilgrims. The children decide who they want to be for Thanksgiving and I begin sewing simple Pilgrim and Indian costumes.
    Then in November, we buy the marked down pumpkins, scoop out and roast the seeds, steam the pumpkin and then make lots and lots of pumpkin bread. Just before Thanksgiving Day, the children all dress up and they do trick or treating in reverse. They race from house to house giving out the warm bread and wishing everyone a Happy Thanksgiving.
    Just found you on Pintrest…and I’m already a fan.

    Take care,

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  162. My kids are all adults now, but when they were younger, we taught them these truths about halloween. THANK YOU, THANK YOU for bringing this teaching to the forefront for families again!!

    I would ask my kids ‘what do you think the devil looks like? Or a bad person?’ Their answers were child like but from the heart… ‘ugly, horrible, mean, etc.’

    I told them my opinion, ‘that they were beautiful, pretty, fun, glittery, exciting etc. BECAUSE if they were mean/ugly/horribe on the outside it would be EASY to stay away from them. But that the devil is sooo tricky & sneaky he wants to look beautiful on the outside so we want to be a part of what he’s doing…. ie: halloween candy, fun looking activities, parties, etc.’

    I try to remind myself of this occassionally, because as adults, we tend to forget that we are ALL prey and the devil is always looking for new ways to make evil look fun!

    THANKS AGAIN FOR THE REMINDER OF HOW TRUE THE EVILS OF THIS DAY REALLY ARE!!
    Melanie B.

  163. We haven’t done anything like this since giving our lives to Christ. We have also raised our son this way. Also, no Santa, no Bunny, no tooth fairy, it’s all pagan blending. But guess what the reward is for being honest with our son. When we tell him about Jesus, but haven’t lied to him about other things, he believes us. Our mothers thought we were horrible, depriving him of childhood fun. But he knows mom and dad only tell him the truth, and now as a young man, he is greatful, and a true believer in Christ! :)

  164. I am in complete agreement here! I love Autumn and dried leaves and such, but cringe at even the thought of halloween! I just can’t wait for all this to be over with!
    I visited a church where they are having their “outreach” night, but they are still dressing up in
    costumes. Although the intent is to provide an alternative party and pass out tracks; I can’t and wont be a part of it!
    It gives me psuse as to whether I will even go back.
    I rode by bike past a church last week with a large pumpkin sale going on.
    I think this is a serious error these churches are making.
    We believers are to be SEPARATE in actions and appearances!

  165. No halloween here. No compromising either. God doesn’t compromise, and He expects obedience, not blurring the lines.

  166. Bridget

    I am in complete agreement. Thank you for explaining it so thoroughly and with love.

  167. “Halloween is not just a time for cornstalks, pumpkins, apples and cute and not-so-cute costumes.”

    You’re right. It’s also a time for candy, community, and fun.

  168. Tj Fickel

    My mom read this and recommended reading it but after we read it we and all our family dropped Halloween like that

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  199. As soon as you quoted a (rather ancient) encyclopedia article about Samhain as ‘the god of death’ I knew there would be nothing here beyond the usual Fundamentalist stupidity.

    It’s clear your sources ( and those of the more voluble bloggers) are based on Alexander Hislop’s risible ‘The Two Babylons’, old articles based on it or else some of Jack Chick’s ludicrous rantings.

    The idea that Christian feasts such as All Saints, Christmas and Easter were derived from pagan festivals is actually the work of James Frazer, a 19th century folklorist. His agenda was to prove that the entirety of Christianity, including the central fact of the Resurrection itself, was an invention derived from pagan sources. That many atheist scholars should uncritically accept this is understandable. That so many committed Christians also fall for this deception of the enemy I find bewildering

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  201. “My people shall perish for lack of knowledge”…
    We are called to be lights – what have we to do with the darkness…
    Thank you Robin for your blog, making such a clear stand, following the narrow path…
    We have always stayed away from any pagan festivals – there are so many God given Feasts, why not celebrate those???
    We also don’t participate in “Fall festivals” or other alternative Parties, since we are called to be holy – set apart – and don’t believe the Church should have alternatives to the worlds celebrations…
    There is so much Joy in the Biblical Feasts, that we would not miss anything – let the world see what they are missing!!
    Blessings!

  202. Great article Robin. A few years ago I wrote a poem concerning Halloween called Innocence Lost. It can be found at http://buildhiskingdom.blogspot.com/2010/10/innocence-lost.html?m=1

  203. Something I wonder: you quote almost exclusively from the old testament. What is with the god Jesus describes, a god of love, mercy, grace, and forgiveness? Doesn’t work too well with a jealous god in my opinion. Also, if one looks at Jesus’ actions, mingling with the outcast, with the low, with the sinners, I wouldn’t put it beyond him to visit festivities of other cultures, given that nowadays most “Christian” celebrations (e.g. Christmas) are founded on celebrations from other cultures. Do you celebrate Christmas, which happens to coincide with the Roman Saturnalia and the pagan Yule festivities? Just wondering…

  204. Maria D.

    Last year halloween turned out to be on Wednesday and as our family was going to church on Wednesday night as we do every Wednesday, we drove through our town and saw this evil evening in the full bloom around 7pm, as I have never seen before. Me, my husband and kids never celebrate this demonic day and try not to leave the house. But as I saw these beautiful little kids, dressed up in costumes walking in and out of the houses decorated with evil things, cobwebs and smoke everywhere, I got this feeling that we are passing satan’s zone. And I started praying and praising God for opening my eyes and knowing Him and keeping my family away from all of this. But the worst part was when we entered church parking lot and saw that about 80% of the parking spots were empty, tears filled my eyes and I realized that so many Christians that normally are in church on Wednesday night were not there. I just could not believe my eyes. I just wish that Christians would educate themselves and stayed away from this satanic ritual and kept their kids as far away from this occult as possible.

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