Why We No Longer Celebrate Halloween

Why We No Longer Celebrate Halloween

I gotta tell ya, we no longer celebrate Halloween. We used to, back when we thought it was a harmless activity, a fun thing for the kids, but not any longer.

This is a divisive topic, I know, even among believers. We are not experts on this subject but we do know one thing: we know what the Bible says about good and evil. So, with that let me tell you our story about the decision we made. We are not pushing our beliefs on anyone but simply telling you why we no longer celebrate a day that is intended for evil.

When I was a new believer back in the early 1980s, I questioned the validity of Christians participating in halloween activities. Before the days of the internet, I researched through encyclopedias and reference books at the library concerning the origin of halloween. I had a file about 2 inches thick with material that I used in my discussion with my pastor (35+ years ago) but the reasons he gave for taking part in it sounded valid, so I let it go. He was, after all, my Pastor, someone whom I trusted to lead me according to the Word. But for the longest time, it still nagged at me.

Photo of Fall Squash with the text overlay of "Let Me Tell You Why We No Longer Celebrate Halloween"

Save this on Pinterest to read later!

Why We No Longer Celebrate Halloween

Our children are adults now and do not live at home with us but four years ago my husband and I decided that we would no longer give out candy to the neighbourhood kids. Not that we are being mean to them but as believers, we cannot justify ourselves in encouraging them to seek candy on a night we do not support.

Also, we no longer support commercialism with the purchase of the fun-sized candy and chocolate bars for personal consumption either. Don’t get me wrong, I love chocolate, especially the mini size bars and small bags of chips as much as the next person does. However, these treats are marketed for halloween, so we no longer purchase them. Why? Because we don’t want to have a part in the stores’ sales report either. I know, sounds petty but, well, the more they sell, the more they will continue to market this unholy day.

Satan has a target on our backs. He looks for our weak spots and zeros in on them, seeking to take us down. He’s not going to get us concerning halloween. 1 Peter 5:8 Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour.

But more than that, we no longer celebrate halloween because it is not a holy day. There isn’t anything holy about halloween, never has been, never will be.

There is nothing about it that speaks of holiness. Nothing about it that speaks of life when everything about it speaks of death. Just look at some of the costumes and props people wear and use to decorate yards and houses:

  • zombies
  • walking dead
  • tombstones
  • ghouls
  • ghosts, and
  • witches to name a few.

In all honesty, there is nothing about halloween that glorifies God.

Halloween Does Not Glorify God

It is beyond me to imagine how a believer could think that halloween is a day for celebration. There is no way that pretty dresses, Bible character costumes or anything else that is pretty and innocent could change halloween from evil to good.

But rather than talk about how I ‘feel’ about this unholy day, let’s turn the pages of the Bible to see what God says about it. He doesn’t mention the word ‘halloween’ because it wasn’t in use back then but He certainly has much to say about good and evil.

The word halloween wasn’t used in the Bible but God spoke much about good and evil.

Turn the pages with me to the following verses. I know these verses look long to read but we need to see what God says. He is the ultimate authority on whether we should be involved, is He not?

Old Testament

Deuteronomy 18:9-13 When thou art come into the land which the Lord thy God giveth thee, thou shalt not learn to do after the abominations of those nations. 10 There shall not be found among you any one that maketh his son or his daughter to pass through the fire, or that useth divination, or an observer of times, or an enchanter, or a witch. 11 Or a charmer, or a consulter with familiar spirits, or a wizard, or a necromancer. 12 For all that do these things are an abomination unto the Lord: and because of these abominations the Lord thy God doth drive them out from before thee. 13 Thou shalt be perfect with the Lord thy God.

Leviticus 20:27 A man also or woman that hath a familiar spirit, or that is a wizard, shall surely be put to death: they shall stone them with stones: their blood shall be upon them.

Has the Old Testament gone out of style? Should we no longer obey it?

New Testament

Ephesians 5:11 And have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather reprove them.

1 Corinthians 10:20-21 But I say, that the things which the Gentiles sacrifice, they sacrifice to devils, and not to God: and I would not that ye should have fellowship with devils. 21 Ye cannot drink the cup of the Lord, and the cup of devils: ye cannot be partakers of the Lord’s table, and of the table of devils.

2 Corinthians 6:14-18 Be ye not unequally yoked together with unbelievers: for what fellowship hath righteousness with unrighteousness? and what communion hath light with darkness? 15 And what concord hath Christ with Belial? or what part hath he that believeth with an infidel? 16 And what agreement hath the temple of God with idols? for ye are the temple of the living God; as God hath said, I will dwell in them, and walk in them; and I will be their God, and they shall be my people.

17 Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing; and I will receive you. 18 And will be a Father unto you, and ye shall be my sons and daughters, saith the Lord Almighty.

Romans 13:12 The night is far spent, the day is at hand: let us therefore cast off the works of darkness, and let us put on the armour of light.

These verses alone persuaded us that halloween is not an activity that pleases our Father God. It is Him whom we seek to please and Him whom we will obey.

A couple holding hands with text overlay of "Here's why Halloween has no place in our lives"

Save this on Pinterest to read later!

Man’s Thoughts on the Matter

Listen, I know the rationale that is used to support celebrating halloween. I’ve heard them for the majority of my life. Reasons like

  • it’s all fun for the kids;
  • they aren’t doing anything wrong;
  • it’s all harmless;
  • we share the gospel in handing out tracts;
  • it is what you make it…I’m a Christian so I make it holy. Huh? Really?

Yes, God forgives us when we sin, however, I believe that a decision to be involved in halloween causes God grief. I know He was disappointed in us when we disobeyed Him.

How much more can He say through His Word of how we ought to live? Don’t we care? Don’t we want to live a holy and pleasing life for Him? My husband and I have asked these questions and answered them for our lives. We no longer want to pick and choose what we are going to obey in the Word.

It’s a Personal Stand

Here’s the thing. Each of us has a personal stand to take on anything we do in life.

We choose if we are going to live holy and blameless before Him or not. Someday we will have to stand before Him and give an account of our idle words and actions. Yes, we receive forgiveness when we repent but we will still have to stand before Him. I can’t imagine how I would feel. Every reason would sound like a flimsy excuse in my ears and I’m sure I would be crestfallen and glum before Him.

As for me, the more I learn in His Word how I ought to live, the more I want to do what is right according to His Word. Those verses you read a few minutes ago? They tell me what I should and shouldn’t be involved in. And for me, that’s enough.

Along with us no longer celebrating halloween, you won’t be surprised to learn that we also do not celebrate Christmas either. Feel free to read our thoughts on that topic as well in this post: No Compromise on the Christmas Debate.

We No Longer Celebrate Halloween

So, I’ve told you why we no longer celebrate Halloween. Based on the Word of God, we cannot justify participating in this activity. In my research, I read many posts from other believers who feel the same way. I also read the comments on their posts and some were not kind. If that happens here, then so be it. I do reserve the right to delete derogatory comments.

Who should I please? God or man? I choose God. My husband and I, we choose God.

As I said, there are many believers who do not celebrate halloween. This post by Jennifer Miller Love, who writes at Intentional Traditions, “Why I Won’t Be Celebrating Halloween Again This Year” has the same point of view but I love how she wrote it from the eyes of her children.

You may also be interested in this post by Gleniece Little of Desert Rain that provides a brief history of Halloween as well. It is called Figs of Thorns: Christians and Halloween. Her post explains the origins of today’s common halloween activities and leaves you to answer the question of whether Christians should be involved with halloween or not.

That’s a Wrap

I would like to leave you with this Bible verse.

Philippians 4:8 Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.

Think on the things that would glorify God and honour Jesus Christ.

Here are my thoughts. Since I am the temple of the Holy Spirit, and Christ abides in me, then I need to walk the talk. I need to walk it in truth, in holiness, in righteousness, in giving glory to God. This is a daily challenge but I endeavour to walk in holiness.

You are my friend whom I care about. I wanted you to know how we feel about this pagan activity and why we no longer celebrate Halloween. If my words have inspired you, I’m glad to hear that. If they have raised questions, please feel free to leave me a comment. Perhaps I can answer them for you. If my words have upset your faith, again, leave a comment for me. Maybe I didn’t explain something properly and it has caused confusion. I would like to answer that.

As always, I’d love to hear from you. Penny for your thoughts…

Why We No Longer Celebrate Halloween 1

19 thoughts on “Why We No Longer Celebrate Halloween

  1. Evelyn M DeArmond

    I don’t celebrate Halloween for the very same reasons. It’s just a door that opens up so the enemy can enter. It’s not a holiday that glorifies God and I won’t celebrate holidays that like this because I love the Lord.

    • I’m glad to hear that, Evelyn! Evil cannot be turned into good nor can it be covered up. Thanks for sharing your thoughts and stopping by today!

  2. Excellent article! My thoughts exactly. Every year I post to social media, to Christians about this subject. I plan on elaborating myself, on my blog shortly. Thanks for writing this timely message. Chris

  3. Tiffany

    Thank you, Sister, for this great article. We have decided this year, the first in our walk with Him, to not glorify this pagan day that the world has turned into “fun” for the children. We have 5 children ages 14 and under. They were not happy initially but through Truth and showing them supporting evidence in God’s Word (special emphasis on that no one can serve two masters) they understand. During this journey we have eliminated A LOT of wordly things (not only for the children but ourselves also) but with great joy knowing we are serving our Father and not the prince of this world. Again, thank you for the ease of knowing others are radical for Jesus as well!

    • I’m so glad to hear of your decision to wholeheartedly follow Scripture and be obedient to God! Pray for your children as they may get some flack from their friends.
      I’m praising God for your decision! Thanks for sharing it with me. Blessings, Cindy

  4. MamaN

    I don’t know. As an adult whose learned what “pagan” means, I agree with all the other adults in experienced Christian life. But i have two kids under six that don’t know what the heck pagan is; they’ve only ever been surrounded by the daily talk and inclusion of Christ in their every day lives. Year round. I let them have candy and wear fun costumes, but that’s all they know it is. Easter has Jesus, Christmas has Jesus, we even make new years Christ involved… But from a five year old Christian’s perspective, unless they have satanic/wiccan family teaching them otherwise, its all candy and dressup. Halloween = pretend play plus candy.
    As my oldest has gotten bigger, he now knows the scary themed stuff is jut for grownups. We don’t make Halloween a big deal one way or the other, because they’re children with very small or nonexistent views of big things like “paganism”, but I don’t deliberately exclude them from class parties or a handful of candy just because they can’t comprehend the biblical philosophy behind a holiday, with barely applied religious messages in our modern culture that clashes with a level of knowledge they can’t even attain yet.
    And as thy get older my kids will be given age appropriate knowledge about the origins of Halloween, but right now they’re just very young kids obsessed with superheros a dinosaurs and princesses… And candy….

    • Hi, MamaN, thank you so much for stopping by today. I appreciate hearing your views on this subject and thank you for sharing them. Have a blessed day!

  5. Pingback: Which Side of the Christmas Debate are You On? - Women's Tabletop Friendship

  6. We’ve been through the same journey with small children and now as they are gone, we’ve realized how detrimental it is to celebrate Halloween with handing out candy. I like your thoughts on not even buying it. I understand how hard it is for parents to shield their kids from all the costumes and candy, but look at how Satan uses candy to hook up youth with candy flavored e-cigarettes. He is sneaky. We must be more vigilant. Wish we were when our kids were young.

    • Cindy

      satan is a sneaky devil for sure. Luring children and adults alike with candy, fun and games, making it all seem so innocent when in reality it is very evil. If only we (especially Christians) would see past it and see what happens in the spiritual realm, we wouldn’t be so quick to get involved with it. Thanks for visiting, Ann. It’s always good to have you visit our friendship table!

  7. Rachel

    Thank you for being truthful enough to talk about it. I get so much backlash from Christians and even pastors causing me to leave chruches gor my.belief on holidays such as Halloween. Christmas in a church has turned into kids spending four months rehearsing lines and stress on families for a Christmas play instead of reflecting on Christ and having peace and joy. Halloween is so obviously demonic and the pressure to celebrate it even from the church get me labeled as fanatic. I dont lie to my kids about Santa or tooth fairies either. I think Christians have a responsibility to be separate from the world even if they are very alone when doing it, even in religous circles. I appreciate your thoughts on buying candy as well. Thank you, for nothing else but even just let me know Im not alone.

    • Cindy

      Hi, Rachel. So nice of you to stop by today for this honest talk about the truth of halloween. You’re not alone in your beliefs though it may seem like it. As more people speak out, we find others who do not support halloween in any way. Continue being steadfast in your beliefs, sister! Thanks for your sharing your thoughts on this.

  8. Valerie

    We believe in the Lord and his word and in reality have been walking with him for about 5 years now. Now that we have a 3 year old and 1 year old twins we struggle with this holiday as it is brought up with some family and friends in why we don’t celebrate. I understand the the paganism and know the true origin of halloween and how it has been masked and manipulated as something good for dressing up and candy and overall that its is a holiday that does not glorify God. But I get so confused as some churches practice “Harvest Festivals” and allow dressing up with nothing death related or do certain themes to allow costumes. You could say I’m confused because my only purpose and will is for me and my family to serve the Lord, and to practice his will and word in our lives. but what about the paganism of Christmas and easter, am I wrong for getting a Santa shirt or making my kids their easter basket, I vow to teach them the truth and practice the truth. Its hard to discuss this with my husband as he’s beens walking for about 4 yeas and my mom flat out tell me in an extremest way. SOS

    • Cindy

      Hi, Valerie! I’m so glad you shared this with me. I totally understand you concerning confusion over churches participating in alternate halloween ideas. You are correct in that it does not glorify God at all. How can evil be made clean except for repentance? I encourage you to stand strong in the face of opposition. God will honour you for honouring Him.
      As for Christmas and Easter, they are also pagan traditions and should not be part of the Christian church. However, so many Christian churches have practiced them for so long that they have forgotten what the Word of God says. And honestly, that is what we are to do, is search the Scriptures to see what God says about these “holidays.” If you looked up 1 Corinthians 11:25 you will see the keywords, “this do ye, as oft as you drink it, in remembrance of me.” Jesus is referring to communion. He is not saying to celebrate His birthday, which no one knows anyway, nor, is He saying to celebrate His resurrection. Ponder that to see what God means!
      I am seeing anew in the Scriptures what God says about pagan traditions and it breaks my heart to see that so many others have added their own beliefs concerning them. Whitewashing evil does not make it good.
      The best I can do is to encourage you to search God’s Word for what He says and then stand your ground. It’ll be hard but worth it in the end.
      If you want to chat about anything, send me an email at cindy@womenstabletopfriendship.com.

  9. marcia

    I loved reading this! We just moved to the US and I grew up as a christian since im 5 years old so I didn’t celebrate Halloween ever since. Now, I have kids 6 and under and they won’t be celebrating either. Since I know its a big deal here, I decided that we wouldn’t be hiding about it but being open as why we don’t celebrate it with other christians and with non believers we just tell them we are Christ followers and it goes against our beliefs but this first year we will be opening our doors to hand not only candy which I bought before they started selling the one targeted for the holiday, ill also hand out a bracelet for kids that explains the plan of salvation.This way I hope parents at least will read them and maybe, maybe God can speak to them softly and gently and they come to His feet.
    Thanks for writing this.

    • Cindy

      Hi, Marcia. Welcome to North America! Sounds like the culture is different in the US than it is from where you came from. Stay strong in your beliefs! Thanks for stopping by today.

  10. Julie Loving

    Thank you Cindy for sharing your faith and knowledge of the Gospel concerning pagan celebrations. I have been wrestling with whether to participate in Halloween activities etc. for a few years now. I just do not feel it is right to celebrate Halloween. Your well written and scriptural based article has helped me immensely! God Bless You! Sincerely, Julie Loving

So, what are your thoughts about this?

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.