Halloween is a highly pagan holiday shrouded in witchcraft and attention to everything evil and dark. Traditionally though, it is said to have been a commemoration of saints that were martyred for their faith in God, hence the macabre costumes. Halloween today has evolved into a modern-day mix of the two.
Halloween originated from the Celtic festival of Samhain celebrated from October 31st to November 1st, marking the end of the harvest season and the beginning of winter or the “darker half” of the year. In ancient Celtic stories, Samhain was a magical time of transition when important battles were fought and fairies cast spells. Over time, Samhain evolved into the modern Halloween and has been observed by Celtic Neo-pagans and Wiccans.
In the United States, the origins of Halloween started with the early settlers. When early American settlers came from England, many of them brought various beliefs about ghosts and witches with them. In the 1800s, many immigrants from Ireland and Scotland arrived in the United States and introduced their Halloween traditions. Other groups added their own cultural influences to Halloween customs. German immigrants brought a vivid witchcraft lore, and Haitian and African people brought their native voodoo beliefs about black cats, fire, and witchcraft.
Knowing all this, Christians should never take part in Halloween, let alone allowing their children to celebrate this demonic holiday!
The Bible says,
“Carefully determine what pleases the Lord. Take no part in the worthless deeds of evil and darkness; instead, expose them.” Ephesians 5:10-11 NLT
“Don’t participate in the things these people do. For once you were full of darkness, but now you have light from the Lord. So live as people of light!” Ephesians 5:7-8 NLT