Halloween: To Celebrate Or Not?

There is controversy in some circles of parents over whether or not they should allow their children to celebrate Halloween. For Christians, principles are opposite to Bible based Christianity.

Halloween is the most important festival of the year for witchcraft and Satanic cults. All one has to do is look around at Halloween decorations to see what the holiday celebrates. Pumpkins and Jack-O-Lanterns aside, we have mostly WITCHES, SKELETONS, and GHOSTS. Some people even decorate their yard with TOMBSTONES. SPIDERWEBS are also a popular decoration, giving the appearance of a HAUNTED HOUSE.



Halloween originally began as a feast to the pagan god, Samhain. He was known as the “Lord of the Dead.” Granted, people today do not send their small children out trick-or-treating in honor of Samhain, the Lord of the Dead. But do we want to participate in this holiday at all? God said in His Word that all forms of magic, witchcraft, sorcery, spells, charms, horoscopes, and communication with the dead is an abomination (Deuteronomy 18:10-11).

Also, in Exodus 22:18 God says, “Thou shalt not suffer a witch to live.” Suffer means to permit. In the Children’s International Bible there is a reference for this scripture to the dictionary in the back of the Bible. It defines witchcraft as, “using the power of the devil to do magic.” Galatians 5:19-21 includes witchcraft as a work of the flesh along with murder, drunkenness, fornication, etcetera. Verse 21 says, “They which do such things shall not inherit the kingdom of God.”

“Wait a minute,” you say. Your child does not do witchcraft. It is true that letting your small child go to a Halloween Party or Trick-Or-Treating is not in itself witchcraft. But why would we want to participate in a holiday that celebrates death (remember the tombstone and skeleton decorations?)? Or why would we want our child to participate in a holiday depicted by witchcraft, evil spirits, or communication with the dead (ghosts and haunted mansions)?

This holiday and its symbols have been a part of our American culture for so many years that it is easy to just accept them as “cute” and “harmless.” But we need to consider what they represent because we want to glorify God in everything we do.

By allowing your child to participate in this holiday, you communicate to him or her that “goblins, skeletons, ghosts, haunted mansions, and witches are something we accept.” “Oh, no,” you may say, “but I tell my child they are all make believe.” Unfortunately, that would be a lie. There are thousands of practicing witches in the United States today. Ghost is another word for evil spirit. Séances, in which people attempt to communicate with the dead, are common in occult circles.


So if we tell our children that all of this is make believe, we disarm their defenses against the occult influences that really exist in our society today.

Young people who were former Satanists have testified that they began dabbling in the occult with a very innocent attitude. If only someone had told them as a child that “the devil is real and he wants to destroy your life,” perhaps they would have recognized the danger they were entering.

Again, your child is not going to become a Satanist because he went trick-or-treating. But do we really want to communicate with our child that we support what this holiday represents? 1 Thessalonians 5:22 says to, “Avoid and abstain from all appearance of evil.”

Many churches offer children an alternative on October 31 so that they don’t have to feel like they are missing out on all the fun. Often they hold a “Hallelujah Party,” in which children dress up in Bible Character costumes and enjoy games and prizes centered on a theme that glorifies God. God said, “I have set before you life and death, blessing and cursing: therefore choose life, that both thou and thy seed may live” (Deuteronomy 30:19).

Written by DR. MARY BETH POZDOL – Former Dean of DanEL School of Higher Learning, Former Children’s Pastor at Family Harvest Church in Tinley Park, Illinois for over 25 years.