Should Christians Participate in Halloween?

October 13, 2010

Pastor Hammond 

This season brings with it the annual debate about involvement in Halloween. Some hold that Halloween is a simply a harmless time of fun for young people. Others see great spiritual concerns for Christians.   As you may know, for years, our family has avoided participating in Halloween.  My decision was rooted neither in fear of the occult nor in legalism.  Rather, my decision was made in response to my understanding of what pleases God -- and what displeases Him.  

My decision was also rooted in my understanding that Christians are involved in a real spiritual battle "against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places" (Ephesians 6:12).  It is a fact that Halloween celebrates those things that we war against.

In Deuteronomy 18:9-12, the LORD told His people to avoid involvement in the occult practices of their Pagan neighbors.  "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..."

In the New Testament, too, we find numerous imperatives to be separate from evil and the occult.   In Romans 12:9, Paul writes,  "Abhor that which is evil; cleave to that which is good."  In 2 Corinthians 6:14, he wrote,  "Be ye not unequally yoked together with unbelievers: for what fellowship hath righteousness with unrighteousness? and what communion hath light with darkness? ... 17 Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye separate."   And in Ephesians 5:11, we're reminded to "...have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather reprove them."  Recall, too, that in Romans 14:13, Paul urges "that no man put a stumblingblock or an occasion to fall in his brother's way." 

My desire is to make decisions that please the LORD.   I understand that any association with the occult displeases the LORD.  Despite the fact that retailers have trivialized the association of Halloween with the occult, it remains a fact that Halloween celebrates the occult.   These are the truths that led me to end my involvement in celebrating Halloween.   I urge you to prayerfully consider the same decision.