Can we talk?
As a Christian I have always thought of Halloween as the day I would not celebrate. We know or should know that the word Halloween is derived from "All Hallows Eve." It took place the day before "All Saints Day." So is Halloween the same as Christmas Eve? You can say it is the eve of All Saints Day, but do we as Christian celebrate it?
As Christians, there is a lot of debate about this. I don't because it is a celebration of an evil holiday. However, that could be just me. I know there are a lot of stories on why this day is celebrated. An example of this is Ireland and Scotland where this day, October 31, was the day to move the animals into their barns to get ready for the winter months. They also worked in the fields to get the harvest in. But I do not really see that as a celebration.
What I see in the United States is a celebration of superstitions that include the belief if fairies and spirits that return from the dead. Witches that cast spells on the unknowing, and we dress our children in costumes and parade them around the neighborhoods telling them they are bad spirits. They are to yell out "Trick or Treat." The older children might even pull a prank on the adults if they don't have a treat or are not home. You ever tried getting egg off you painted front door?
It all seems harmless. But it is not. In today's world people add razors and other things to candy and fruit. Gangs go around destroying cars and homes, starting fights, taking candy bags from the younger children. The celebration is no longer just celebrating a day by learning the new rules about what not to take, what not to eat, where not to go, and how late is safe to stay out.
So, what does the Bible say about Halloween? Yes, you can find every topic in the Bible and get answers to your questions.
Exodus 22:18 says " You shall not let a witch live." So the practice of witchcraft is not a good thing.
Deut. 18: 10-12 says "Let not one be found among you who sacrifices his son or daughter in the fire, who practices divination or sorcery, interprets omens, engages in witchcraft, or casts spells, or who is a medium or spiritualist or who consults the dead. Anyone who does these things is detestable to the Lord." So it seems as if the Bible is against anyone who practices the occult of spirits and witches and condemns not only the practice but all the people who are involved in it.
My question was should Christians celebrate Halloween. The answer is straight forward, as Christians we are to have nothing to do with the occult. The study book says this. "Tarot Cards, contacting the dead, séances, lucky charms, etc., are all unbiblical and can harm a Christian's fellowship with God and open the Christian to demonic oppression." So what is the Christian to do?
I believe with all of my heart that we as Christians should follow all of God's words, not just the easy parts we can live with. As Christians we are NOT to be involved with or support the Occult. We have to stay away from witchcraft, demon worship, or anything that follows or uplifts the occult. Does this include the children? Let's say the child wants to dress like his or her favorite superhero. Should we stop them from going out and saying trick or treat? I did not allow my children to do that. However that should be up to you because I will not stand in judgment for you. Read 1 Corinthians 10: 23-33 to get that answer for yourself.