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Why I’m Not Celebrating Halloween

Many think that Halloween is an innocent holiday, and that it doesn’t matter if you’re a Christian and celebrate it. However, Halloween isn’t all that it seems. In this post I want to explain why my family has never celebrated it, and why it is wrong to celebrate Halloween according to God’s Word. I pray that you will keep an open mind as you read this post, and study God’s Word for yourself to get His take on this! 🙂

What you might not know is just how Halloween started. It’s origins come from about 2,000 years ago when the Celtics celebrated a pagan festival that has now become what we call “Halloween.” They called this day “Samhain.” During this festival, they believed that the dead came alive and that the living could visit with the dead. (For more info, see this article)

Furthermore, Halloween is the first day in a three day celebration called Allhallowtide, a time to remember the dead, including saints, martyrs, and the “faithfully departed.”

God’s Word actually tells us to not do as pagans do. Sure, this holiday has changed since then, but it still has pagan origins.

Deuteronomy 12:29-32 // When Yahweh your God cuts off the nations from before you, where you go in to dispossess them, and you dispossess them, and dwell in their land; be careful that you are not ensnared to follow them, after that they are destroyed from before you; and that you not inquire after their gods, saying, “How do these nations serve their gods? I will do likewise.” You shall not do so to Yahweh your God; for every abomination to Yahweh, which he hates, have they done to their gods; for they even burn their sons and their daughters in the fire to their gods. Whatever thing I command you, that you shall observe to do. You shall not add to it, nor take away from it.

This holiday also celebrates darkness and things that are not of God. God calls His children to be children of the light, so why should we take part in a holiday that celebrates darkness? Darkness and light CANNOT coexist. Even if you celebrate the “happy” or seemingly “good” parts of Halloween, you are still taking part in a day of darkness.

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Ephesians 5:11-14 says: Have no fellowship with the unfruitful deeds of darkness, but rather even reprove them. For the things which are done by them in secret, it is a shame even to speak of. But all things, when they are reproved, are revealed by the light, for everything that reveals is light. Therefore he says, “Awake, you who sleep, and arise from the dead, and Christ will shine on you.”

1 John 1:5-7 has a similar theme to the passage from Ephesians. It says: This is the message which we have heard from him and announce to you, that God is light, and in him is no darkness at all. If we say that we have fellowship with him and walk in the darkness, we lie, and don’t tell the truth. But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus Christ, his Son, cleanses us from all sin.

We are called to walk in the light as God is in the light, not walking in darkness. We aren’t even supposed to have any fellowship with the deeds of darkness, for it is shameful to even speak of those things. We lie if we say we have fellowship with God and then walk in the darkness.

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Halloween is not something that is right when we look at God’s Word. He tells us to be holy as He is holy (1 Peter 1:16) He tells us to walk in the light as He is in the light (1 John 1:5-7). He calls us to honor Him in all we do (1 Samuel 2:30, 1 Corinthians 10:31). He calls us to be different than this world (Romans 12:1-2). We can’t do this and celebrate Halloween at the same time.

Even if we say we aren’t celebrating like others do and have the right heart or mindset, we are still taking part in a dark holiday. Our hearts are sinful, so we shouldn’t listen to them. We should listen to God’s Word. He calls us to be holy and set-apart, and I believe that because of what He says in His Word, we, as Christians, should take no part in Halloween.

Resources I used for this post:

https://www.jw.org/en/bible-teachings/questions/origin-of-halloween/ (I’m not a Jehovah’s Witness, but this article has lots of great info!)

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Samhain

Other posts on Halloween

Why I Don’t Celebrate Halloween (Why I Don’t Series Pt. 2)

// Should We Celebrate Halloween as Christians? //

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26 thoughts on “Why I’m Not Celebrating Halloween”

  1. Great post!!! I love how you shared the history and talked about how light and dark can’t be mixed. I don’t celebrate Halloween either. Rather in our family we celebrate Reformation Night. Which October 31 is also the date Martin Luther nailed the 95 theses to the door. What a great day of remembering that we are saved by grace!!!

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  2. Yes, so true. I used to celebrate Halloween because I thought it meant nothing, but after reading the origins of Halloween and what God has to say about it, Halloween really isn’t that same to me after doing research on it. Even how the Jack-o-Lantern came to be, it’s plain to see that this holiday is not good to celebrate.

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  3. well, i don’t consider halloween a sin. of course it has iffy origins, but so do a lot of other holidays, like st. patrick’s day. it all depends on mindset. in all honesty i just like dressing up and getting free candy 😂 i respect your opinion though, cailtlin.

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    1. Thanks for reading and sharing your opinion! The reason I don’t celebrate is because God’s Word says not to do things that pagans do (Jeremiah 10:1-5) and to not follow ungodly traditions (Mark 7:8-9). But definitely look into God’s Word for yourself and study it out, don’t just take my word for it! God bless! 🙂

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  4. Great post, girl! 🙂 My family used to celebrate Halloween, then the past few years we have not as much. We just helped at a harvest festival at our church, that was lots of fun! But this year our church is not doing it and my youth group is having a Halloween/game night…I have mixed feelings about it. I know I should not be celebrating that night. But I wanna have fun with my friends… 🙂

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    1. Thanks so much, Gracie! That’s super cool, and the harvest party sounds fun. I would pray about it and see how you feel according to God’s Word. If it’ll be Halloween themed/etc, maybe you might not wanna go. If it’s more of just a fun time to play games then maybe you’ll consider it. I don’t want to make the decision for you because I’m not sure what I would do and I don’t know all the details. Follow whatever God calls you to do and trust Him! He’ll honor your obedience. 🙂

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  5. Great post!!! I don’t celebrate Halloween either. Infact I wrote a few posts on it. Just couldn’t stop writing!!! Where I live, me and my family are the only ones, that we know, who don’t celebrate Halloween. But that just means that we can be the light in the dark!!!!

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    1. Thank you so much! That’s awesome you’re standing up for truth. 🙌 I don’t really know too many people in my area who don’t celebrate either! Amen to that! Do you guys celebrate Christmas or Easter? I’ve personally chosen to not really celebrate due to pagan origins and such, and was curious if y’all do!

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      1. We use to. But recently we have come to know the truth and have made it known to all we know, that we will NOT be celebrating pagan holidays like Christmas and Easter this year, or any year after.
        Do you celebrate the Biblical feasts? I plan on writing some posts on why we are commanded to celebrate them. We just recently have learned of these.They are (God)Yahweh’s holidays!!! ( And no, I’m not Jewish)☺️

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      2. That’s super cool!! I’m so glad to hear your family decided not to, praise the Lord. We have a little bit, but I hope to more in this upcoming year. They’re really awesome to celebrate I’m sure and have such deep meaning, it’s awesome. Haha I’m not Jewish either.

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