This will mark the first year my family is foregoing Halloween. No celebration in any fashion (trick-or-treating, parties, etc.).
For the past two to three years, my husband and I have been involved in a deep look at our faith. The Holy Spirit is active and moving within our household. Any good work seen is solely based on His presence. Any negative practice has sin and flesh stamped broadly across it.
Reviewing certain holidays, we felt convicted to make new traditions. Halloween has naturally fallen in this category. This is a common controversial topic among Christians.
The pro-camp is generally more focused on the point of modern Halloween not being the same as the original event. Today’s Halloween is a “watered-down” version of the celebration with opportunities for community connections and family fun! This used to be my general thoughts. What harm is putting on a costume and getting some candy?
Let’s briefly consider Christmas. This holiday has also been watered down by advertising and retail. The whole month of December is crammed with santas, elves, reindeer, nutcrackers, extreme purchasing, selfish dreams for little children, etc. All this advertising glitter to make Christmas more marketable to the masses has worked! Even those who don’t know Jesus celebrate. It’s just another day to connect with family and have fun, right? But Christmas to the Christian, is at it’s core a beautiful time in worship of the birth of our Savior.
I mention this because Halloween — this marketable time of costumes and treats– also has a very real celebration at its center. The origin is the Celtic Samhain, where people would dress in costume to ward off the dead, and build large bonfires for their priests to make sacrifices to their multiple deities. Culture combined this celebration with that of the Catholic’s All-Hallow’s Eve, which came right before All Soul’s Day. In this celebration, people also lit bonfires and often dressed in costume as angels or devils. Years later, the holiday has evolved into what it is today.
The 1980s saw a revival of some Celtic practices through Wiccan, including the observance of Samhain/Halloween. I am by no means an expert on Wicca, but learned they celebrate Samhain as a communion event with the dead.
Do not turn to mediums or seek out spiritists, for you will be defiled by them. I am the Lord your God.Leviticus 19:31
I have no intention of pretending Halloween is something it is not. It’s origin and it’s current purpose are to glorify death, multi-deities, and darkness.
I also have no intention of condemning anyone who may celebrate this holiday. This being stated, if it’s been a while (or ever) since you truly considered the holidays you celebrate and why you celebrate them, I encourage the review. You may find yourself convicted and in need of change — the same place I sit now.
What truly surged me forward was reading Revelation 2:18-23. Jesus speaks to the Church of Thyatira in these passages. He starts out acknowledging the faith and good works known by the people. But this praise quickly turns to a blunt warning. While this church has been one of love, they fell short on accountability. They tolerated evil in their midst, never calling it out. This evil spread, misleading servants.
Lord, I pray for my eyes to recognize my sin. May my repentance be of true sorrow for my wrongs. May I not cling to the evil which calls my name. Should it’s draw be too enticing, too deceptive, grant me strength to cut the source of it from my life. Amen