Why I Don't Celebrate Halloween

Wednesday, October 25, 2017

I don't celebrate Halloween. Wow, this is like a weight off my shoulders. I used to be so embarrassed to tell people this. When I was little, I wasn't allowed to go trick or treating, my mom took me out of school on the day we had our Halloween parties in class, and I never watched spooky movies. Looking back now, this was a blessing.

Even after I accepted that Halloween is not something we celebrate, I went trick or treating a few times in high school once I was "old enough to make my own decisions." Like many, I believed my participation and intentions were innocent. I thought my mom was crazy for never allowing us to have fun "like the other kids" because "Halloween is just about the fun of dressing up and the candy." Which may be so for most families, but for many, it's still the dark and satanic celebration that it used to be. Even if your reasonings for celebrating, decorating, and trick-or-treating is innocent, it is still direct participation in something that comes from, glorifies, and worships the devil. Just because we put a cute face on the decorations or a cute costume on our children does not make it innocent.

"Christians don't realize it, but they're celebrating our holiday with us...We like it." 
-the newspaper, USA Today, quoting a professed witch

We don't see witches celebrating Easter and Christmas and coming to our churches. They curse us, and those days. Just some food for thought.

Many may not know the background and history of Halloween. Halloween, or also known as "Samhain" is a celebration rooted in darkness, murder, satanism, and the power of darkness. It's said that a group called the Celts began the tradition of Halloween and estimated 4,000 years ago and it's spread throughout other cultures and groups since then. The Celts, druids, and witches who began celebrating the dead and the spirit world partook in worshipping gods and goddesses, mass human sacrifice, summoning of demonic spirits, and much more. Halloween has almost a completely pagan and evil origin.

What we don't realize is that many of the most popular Halloween trends come from something much darker. There is so much history that I could add, but I've decided to summarize it and leave some more in depth sources for you at the end of this post if you're interested in further reading.

Costumes and dressing up: The Celts dressed in ghoulish outfits to entertain the evil spirits and partake in the evilness in hopes that the spirits would not harm them. They went house to house in their costumes scaring people and asking for human sacrifices.

Candy: The Celts were also encouraged to put out sweets for the spirits to appease them so they wouldn't do mischief or a trick...hence the phrase "trick or treat" Eventually they felt sweet treats like fruit were not enough which is when animal and human sacrifice began.

Trick or Treat: When a child says "trick or treat" at every house, they are repeating an old-age pagan chant.

Jack-o-Lanterns: If a household would not offer a virgin child sacrifice, a blood hexagram would be painted on their house and a carved pumpkin or squash would be placed on their porch with a candle made of human fat inside, and the entire household would be killed.

Bobbing for apples: In honor if Samhain, people were forced to bob for apples in boiling water and those who lived through that were set free.

Halloween decorations: Ghosts represent evil wandering spirits, skeletons and tombstones represent human sacrifices, witches represent the evil and witchery that is very much still alive and active today, etc.

Halloween is also the highest time of animal shelter break-ins, animal dissection, and murder. As a vegan, pacifist, and Christian called to non-violence, I could never participate in a day that causes or encourages this.

Toxic, chemical-filled, Monsanto-supporting candy companies THRIVE during this time of year as sales SOAR. I don't support greed, I don't support toxic consumerism, and I don't support Big Food, so I don't support this day.

This world does a good job making satan's lies and evil seem okay. I urge you to look at this not from a worldly perspective, but a Godly perspective. The enemy comes to steal, kill, and destroy, and that doesn't stop just because we put a cute face on it. Anything that comes from the devil is NOT good regardless of how "innocent" society has made it seem.

That feeling you get in your stomach when you're at a "haunted house" or watching a spirit-related movie, or trick-or-treating with creepy costumes around, is not a feeling that comes from God. Wicca, the spirit world, and the devil are very much so real and sadly something we have to keep an eye out for how they creep into our lives. The devil is sneaky. 

"Do not imitate evil but imitate good."
3 John 1:11

Not celebrating Halloween doesn't mean we have to be cooped up in our homes scared every time October 31st rolls around. Christ has already won. We can use that day to spread Jesus' light but we have to be careful in how we participate.

Maybe this year instead of carving a spooky face in your pumpkin, you carve a cross. Maybe instead of passing out toxic candy full of chemicals, you opt for an organic candy and attach a bible verse to each one you pass out. Maybe while others are trick-or-treating, you invite your friends and family over to have a bible study with yummy snacks. Do whatever you can to glorify Jesus on such a dark day. It may look different for everyone, but I encourage you to just take the time to pray about what God wants your Halloween to look like.

This is not meant to be judgment or condemnation, but instead an urgent plea to start asking "why" and "who does this glorify" every time the world tells us something is okay. I apologize if this is a bit darker than something that you would normally find on my blog, but I find it necessary for the truth to be told. Don't just take my word for this, truly research what we participate in and celebrate each October 31st. Each family may do so at different levels and extremities, but ultimately, we should be turning away from worldly ways and finding a way to make October 31st about Jesus, as we do every other day.

"Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable, and perfect."
Romans 12:2

Sources and Further Reading:
The Truth About Halloween
Christians and Halloween
Should Christians Celebrate Halloween?
Carol Kornacki- The Truth About Halloween

12 comments

  1. Such good and relevant points. I don't celebrate Halloween either, but it's good to learn more about why I don't! Thanks for being bold for truth. xx

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  2. YES, GIRL! thank you for always exposing evil, even when it's difficult. my family has never celebrated Halloween either & for that I am thankful. we reserve our costume party for New Year's Eve. :) you're amazing.

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    1. I love the New Years Eve idea! Thank you for reading my dear!

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  3. Great thoughts. I dressed up until I was about eleven, and since then I've never done much on Halloween. I'm glad you brought all these other points to my attention.

    Hailey
    www.haileyhudson.wordpress.com

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    1. I'm glad I could help Hailey, thank you for reading :)

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  4. Finally someone speaking light and truth!! Your posts are such a blessing to read, because you really do shine God's light into this dark world. God bless you girl, keep doing what you do! <3

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  5. Thank you for writing this post and gently sharing the truth! My parents told me the truth about Halloween when I was young and I have since never participated. I love the idea of handing out a Bible verse or tract when people come knocking! One of my professors used to say "Use what is common to the culture as a pulpit".

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    1. Amen to that!! Thank you for reading :)

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  6. My family never celebrated this day (plus it's my grandmother and her tween sister's birthday so that's what we are celebrating instead :D ). Even though I am not a Christian, I konw that what you wrote is true. I've always felt this dark energy around that day since I was a little girl. When I was doing my researches on what does the society hides from us (and makes us do whithout noticing) I realised what my guts told me was true. Thank you so much for talking about it whith references in your article. I am so glad that more and more people pure of heart spread the truth like you do.

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    1. thank you so much for your kind words, friends! glad to hear you don't celebrate either 💛

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