Thursday, October 30, 2014

Why We Don't Celebrate Halloween

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

Our family do not participate in Halloween.  In recent years we had participated in it, as we didn't really see what harm it was, but a few years ago we changed our minds, and here's why...

One evening my husband and I were talking together and relaxing, when the topic of Halloween came up.  We had never really discussed it before, you know?  It's just something we did every year without really knowing why.  We began to discuss whether Halloween glorified God, and was it appropriate for Bible-believing Christians to celebrate or participate in it?

"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." ~ 1 Corinthians 10:21

To be honest we didn't/haven't since, looked extensively into the history of Halloween, though we do know some.  There really doesn't seem to be much point in knowing all there is to know about the origins of this holiday.  We were convicted through God's word, that to participate in Halloween would be wrong for us, so any further research would be unnecessary and a waste of time.  Plus, Christians really should be careful doing "research", into the occult!

"I will set no wicked thing before mine eyes: 
I hate the work of them that turn aside;
 it shall not cleave to me." ~ Psalm 101:3

We feel that Halloween does NOT glorify God at all.  Nor do we think that it was wise to be filling our children's heads and hearts (as well as our own), with wicked images and fearful thoughts.  We know that as Christians, we should be seeking to honour God in every aspect of our lives.  Why would we then, throw that idea out the windows once a year on October 31st, just because it seems like fun and everyone else is doing it?

We will still look forward to that time of year however, as our son Dylan, gets to celebrate his birthday on that very day! :)

Of course some might say: "Well, we are Bible believing Christians...we don't do the whole "scary" things we just dress up and have fun.  Whats wrong with that?"  Our family feels that if something is wrong, then it is wrong, no matter what sort of "positive spin" you put on it. 

When it comes to this holiday, we must ask ourselves:

  • Does Halloween glorify God?
  • What does the Bible say?
  • Should I be filling my head and heart with evil images?
  • Will this make my family spiritually vulnerable?
  • What does the Bible say about witchcraft and sorcery?
  • Will the things my child will see on this night, be wholesome and of God?
  • Are these things of Satan?
    All the above points can be and should be researched in the Bible.  The last point is really key!  Doesn't Satan ALWAYS try to tempt us, by enticing with fun and games?

    The purpose of this post is not to condemn Christians who do participate in Halloween, but to encourage everyone to stop and really think about it! 


    Lady Violet said...

    Absolutely. A very well explained message for all. Thank you for sharing.

    Diana said...

    Agree! :)

    We stopped doing Halloween last year, and it was a big relief after several years of confusion and guilt. I didn't know Halloween (as we practice it in the U.S.) existed in Europe.


    Anonymous said...

    Dear Sarah,

    I clicked on the link to the Argon Family blog on your blog, but somehow, I got directed to a page of an apparently single Muslim woman, written in a foreign language. Is this a convert to Christianity you like to promote?

    Greetings, S.

    Chelle said...

    I totally agree. We have never done halloween. Its nice to know others don't do it either.

    Tricia Kelly said...

    Totally agree and for the exact same reasons we also don't celebrate Halloween.

    1HappyWife said...

    Happy Birthday, Dylan!!!
    Well written, these are the same reasons we don't. I don't know if it is the same in your country, but here I have noticed a push to "Christianize" it.

    Veronica said...

    Who gives a crap? Halloween is OVER, like the month of octOBER, which rhymes, get it? Only idiots with kids even consider celebrating a day that is all about trashy candy and ridiculous costumes, with Christian families calling it "fall" or "autumn" instead. Wow, BIG DIFFERENCE! Meanwhile, the childfree get to go to work and come home, doing NOTHING after 5:00 PM, like it's just another day (Friday in 2014), and the same goes for other pagan "holidays" like this so-called "Christmas" on December 25th. We haven't carved a pumpkin or decorated a tree in so many years that I don't even remember how to do so. (I'm 31, in case you're wondering.)

    Sarah in Ireland said...

    Veronica ~ I think when people talk about "Fall" or "Autumn" they are usually referring to the SEASON...not Halloween. Also, this post was published BEFORE Halloween, you chose to read it when it event was actually over.

    Anonymous said...

    My goodness, Veronica. Who pee'd in your oatmeal?

    If nobody here wants to celebrate Halloween no skin off my nose.

    But as a childfree woman I hardly put in a day's work, come home and do nothing. I come home and make dinner, work out at times, do some chores if needed and other various activities. I also volunteer in my community and as a real writer, I am currently working on two freelance projects.

    Jennifer K