So before I go any further let me start off by saying this is NOT an attack on anyone that does celebrate Halloween. I don’t judge you for decision and I love you all the same. Now with those pleasantries out the way let’s begin.
Ever since I was a child I was not allowed to celebrate Halloween and that really bothered me. I didn’t know about it’s history and quite frankly I didn’t care, all I saw is that my friends were able to dress up and get free candy! Now give it we did have something on Halloween night at the church I grew up in called Joy Night and that was pretty fun. We played games and at the end of the night they gave us a bag full of candy. So that was all fun and what not but I still felt like I was missing something by not celebrating Halloween.
Now in my rebellion years I did celebrate Halloween once (Sorry mom and dad! LOL). I end up going to a costume party dressed like Beyonce and all I can take away from that night is that it was extremely cold and the party got shut down. I couldn’t help but feeling a little disappointed but at least I could say that I got it out my system. It wasn’t until I sat down and did some research on my own that I wish I had never celebrated at all.
Let’s go back to the beginning to the origin of Halloween and prayerfully what I say afterwards makes sense and you are able to learn something new! Now Halloween or All Hallows Eve dates back to several years ago where it occurred during the festival called Samhain. Samhain, meaning summer’s end, was and is generally observed by witches, wiccans, druids and other pagans. Now the people believed that during this time or on Halloween that souls of the dead, good and evil, would come back and be among the living again. People would gather around a large bonfire and dance around in costumes in hopes to disguise themselves against the evil spirits that would come back. They would also leave out treats for the spirits in hopes of appeasing them. What’s interesting to me is that I’ve actually learned all of this when I was younger and never really processed it. I’m thankful my parents encourage my brother and I to do our own research to gain a better understanding of things like this.
(people observing the Samhain festival in Ireland)
SHOULD CHRISTIANS CELEBRATE HALLOWEEN?
Now this is a real debate in churches if Christians should celebrate Halloween and my answer is absolutely not and here’s my reasoning why. We are told as Christians to be the light of the world (see Matthew 5:14) and basically to be an example to non believers. Halloween literally represents darkness, there is nothing light or happy about it. A lot of the excuses or reasons I hear from Christians on why they celebrate are “we’re just dressing up” “we’re just doing it for the candy” ” It’s okay if we don’t dress up like the devil or ghosts or witches”. Y’all these are just tricks of the enemy. He’s not going to use things that are blatantly bad to try to get our attention or lead us astray. He’s going to use things that are appealing like idea of dressing up in costumes and going out or even passing out candy. Because those look harmless and no one is getting hurt. But all he needs is a tiny little entrance to your life to gain more knowledge to lead you further and further away from God. We as Christians need to know what we are up against here, one of my favorite scriptures is Ephesians 6:12 and it states ” For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. ” Y’all there is a battle going on right now and though we can’t physically see it doesn’t mean that its not happening. This is why we as Christians need to be aware of we celebrate and more importantly what we open ourselves up to especially our children. I am forever thankful I have parents that are constantly praying for me especially when I was out trying to do my own thing.
If you want to do a little more reading about Halloween and it origins I have left below a few articles that I used as reference. I hope this post was informative and it blesses you all.
But until my next post stay gorgeous and I love you!