Christians know or should know the pagan origins of Halloween. Those that do naturally wonder whether they should let their kids participate or not. It’s a fun filled season to be sure. What kid doesn’t want to dress up as a vampire, or superman, or a zombie, and go from door to door getting candy? Though a fun time, you can’t deny the fact that it is a holiday based upon death and the things of death. In fact far too many parents out of the faith are ignorant of its roots in barbaric pagan occultism.
For thousands of years, in the fall of the year when the days got shorter and temperatures cooled off, Celtic druids of the British isles practiced what they called Samhain (sah-ween). They believed that at this time of the year the ghosts of the dead were able to mingle with the living because the sun god was losing his annual power struggle with Samhain, the god of death, resulting in the shorter periods of daylight as fall melds into winter.
So, in the days and weeks preceding the occasion, Celtic priests went all over the country asking the locals for animals and human beings to be given up and sacrificed. Those who complied were promised prosperity, and those refusing were threatened and cursed, thus the origin of “trick or treat.” A candle-lit pumpkin or skull was always displayed by those that gave, seeking the “treat.”
The unfortunates who were given over were then forced into wicca cages and burned to death in diabolical nighttime worship ceremonies, all to appease Samhain. As they screamed in agony, and the smell of their burning flesh filled the air, the druids who dressed themselves in costumes made of animal skins and heads, would dance, chant and jump through the flames in the hope of warding off evil spirits.
Obviously, the roots of what many see as an innocent act of dressing up and yelling “Trick or Treat” at someone’s doorway came from a serious violation of Christ’s teachings. Far too many give this holiday a much tamer origin, and it is embraced by western culture. Obviously this holiday isn’t going away and your children will want to participate. So, let them do it but conditionally.
When they have reached an age where they can understand teach them the historical roots of how this holiday began. Also, teach them about the holiday we Christians honor on November 1st, All Saints Day.
It was on October 31st, 1517, that a Catholic monk named Martin Luther nailed his 95 Theses on the door of a castle church door in Wittenberg, Germany. This bold, courageous challenge against the unbiblical practices (indulgences, Mary worship, the concept of purgatory, priests becoming fabulously wealthy off the backs of the laity, etc.) of the medieval and even the modern Roman Catholic church inspired the Protestant Reformation. It called for, among other things, the translation of the Bible from Latin into the common languages so all could read for themselves Christ’s inspired word. No longer would they have to accept what the priest or papal authority claimed it said. This promoted literacy which eventually led to the greatest freedoms and scientific discoveries ever made in history which by the way were virtually all made by Christians. For more see my article titled “Science is a gift from Christ?”.
So, if they insist let your youngsters participate in Halloween, but teach them about Reformation Day, or as some call it, All Saints Day, November 1st.
“Therefore, let us cast off the works of darkness, and let us put on the Armour of Light.” Romans 13:12