Halloween has never been a Christian holiday and it has no place in the life of a born-again believer in Jesus Christ. In fact, it is an abomination to God and we should take our stand firmly against it. As we look at its history, we find that its roots go deep into heathenism, paganism, satanism, and the occult, and its modem expression is no better.
I. History of Halloween
Celtic New Year
October 31 is the most important day in the satanic year. It marks the Celtic New Year. It was the end of the growing season. It become a festival of death. On this day, the god of the Celtics was to have called up the spirits of the wicked dead who had died during the past year. At the same time, other evil spirits arose and went about the country-side harassing the people. On October 31, the Celtics expected to be harassed by ghosts, evil spirits and demons, and it was no fun and games to them. They would light bonfires to guide the spirits to their own town and to ward off evil spirits.
The Celtics had satanic priests called Druids. On October 31, the Druids went from house to house demanding certain foods, and all those who refused were cursed. The people were tormented by means of magic. As they went, the Druids carried large turnips which they had hollowed out and on which they carved demon faces as charms. Each one was believed to contain the demon spirit that personally led or guided that priest – his own little god.
Those who practiced fortune telling and divination found that this was the night that they had the most success. They called upon satan to bless their efforts. One form of divination was to put apples in a tub and bob for them. The one who first successfully came up with an apple without putting it in his teeth was to have good luck throughout the year. They would then peel the apples, throw the peeling over their shoulders and quickly look around. They expected to see a vision or an apparition of the one they were to marry.
These things happened several centuries before Christ. Sacrifices were made to the gods, especially the god of death – “Sam hain” (pronounced “Sah win”). Sacrifices all the way from vegetable to human were offered. This went on and on and, in some parts of the world, still goes on today.
In the eighth century, the Pope, in an effort to get the people to quit the festival of Sam hain, invented “All Saints Day,” (November 1). This was an attempt to get the people to turn away from the horrible observance of Sam hain. All Saints Day was intended to honor the martyrs of the Roman persecutions. It did not work!
The Middle Ages
In the Middle Ages there was a great revival of satanic practices, witchcraft and magic – like there is today. During this time, the belief developed that witches traveled on broomsticks to the black sabbaths to worship satan on October 31. They were guided by spirits in the form of black cats. The Druids worshipped cats, believing them to be reincarnated evil people.
This festival of death has survived all the efforts of the church to stamp it out. The devil has been very successful in invading Christian holidays like Christmas and Easter, providing counterfeits for the real thing. Halloween is different! It has always been satanic. The devil has deluded the Christians into celebrating his festival.
All Saints Day became All Hallows Day. Hallow means “holy” or “sacred.” October 31 is the evening before All Hallows Day and, in the western world, came to be called All Hallows Evening and then All Hallows Een. (“Een” is an abbreviation for evening.) Finally, the name was reduced to the way we have it today – Halloween. That is where the name came from, and even if it is called “All Hallows Evening,” it has nothing to do with the Christian faith and it never did.
II. Modern Halloween
Now let’s look at the present-day celebration of Halloween. Isn’t the whole theme one of darkness, fear, threats, destruction and evil? There are witches, broomsticks, bats, owls, ghosts, skeletons, death, monsters and graveyards. We dress up our children as demons, witches, ghouls, monsters and werewolves and send them out into the streets in the darkness to re-enact the Druids’ practice of demanding food from people under the threat of tricks (or curses) if they don’t comply.
We take, not a turnip, but a pumpkin and carve demon faces in it and decorate with it. We even decorate our houses and trees with the theme of death. Children in public schools are encouraged to participate in this event and yet are dissuaded to celebrate the true meaning of Christmas, now referred to as “Winter Holiday.”
At Halloween there will be apple bobbing, divination, fortune telling, haunted houses, candles lit and spirits called up. There will be seances and Ouiji boards in the name of fun and excitement. There will be sacrifices of dogs, cats, rats, chickens, goats and even humans!
You say, “Well, we’re just having fun, we don’t take it seriously.” But the devil does and so does God. How God must grieve when the Church, purchased with His own precious, sinless blood, builds houses of horror in its fellowship halls. The little lambs entrusted to its care are terrified and opened up to invading spirits of fear, torment and confusion.
Here are some things God says to us in His Word:
Hosea 4:6 “My people are destroyed from lack of knowledge. Because you have rejected knowledge, I also reject you as My priests; because you have ignored the law of your God, I also will ignore your children.”
Ezekiel 44:23 “They are to teach My people the difference between the holy and the common and show them how to distinguish between the unclean and the clean.”
Deuteronomy 18:9-14 “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 sacrifices his son or daughter in the fire, 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. Anyone who does these things is detestable to the LORD, and because of these detestable practices the LORD your God will drive out those nations before you. You must be blameless before the LORD your God. The nations you will dispossess listen to those who practice sorcery or divination. But as for you, the LORD your God has not permitted you to do so.”
2 Corinthians 6:14 “Do not be yoked together with unbelievers. For what do righteousness and wickedness have in common? Or what fellowship can light have with darkness?”
Deuteronomy 7:26 “Do not bring a detestable thing into your house or you, like it will be set apart for destruction. Utterly abhor and detest it, for it is set apart for destruction.”
1 Corinthians 10:20-21 “…the sacrifices of pagans are offered to demons, not to God, and I do not want you to be participants with demons. You cannot drink the cup of the LORD and the cup of demons too; you cannot have a part in both the LORD’S table and the table of demons.”
1 Thessalonians 5:21-23 “Test everything. Hold on to the good. Avoid every kind of evil. May God Himself, the God of peace, sanctify you through and through. May your whole spirit, soul and body be kept blameless at the coming of our LORD Jesus Christ.”
Philippians 4:8 “Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable – if anything is excellent or praiseworthy – think about such things.”
“Dear Heavenly Father, I come to You, confessing that I have sinned and broken your laws. I am sorry for my sin and believe that Jesus Christ came to earth to die for me and my sin. Please forgive me. I invite You into my life and give Jesus Christ the right to control the rest of my life. Please help me to be what You want me to be. 7hank You for saiving me and accepting me. I pray this in Jesus’ Name, Amen.”
If you prayed this prayer from your heart, then, congratulations, you are saved from eternal separation from your Creator! Please let us know about your salvation
TRUTHS TO THINK ON TODAY …
Truth 1 – You Need to Be Saved
“As it is written, there is none righteous, no, not one.” Romans 3:10
“For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God.” Romans 3:23
Truth 2 – You Cannot Save Yourself
“Not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to His mercy He saved us, by the washing of regeneration, and renewing of the Holy Spirit.” Titus 3:5
“For whosoever shall keep the whole law, and yet offend in one point, he is guilty of all.” James 2:10
Truth 3 – God’s Son Died to Save You
“But God commendeth His love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.” Romans 5:8
“In Whom we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of His grace.” Ephesians 1:7
Truth 4 – God’s Word Shows How to Be Saved
“For God so loved the world (you), that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever (you) believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” John 3:16
“That if you shall confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus, and shall believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you shall be saved.” Romans 10:9
Truth 5 – God Gives the Christian Grace to Live the Christian Life
“If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” 1 John 1:9
Tract reprinted courtesy, LIFE CENTER, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada.
Updated: October 26, 2006