Halloween is coming up and, as is my yearly tradition, I refresh my brain as to why my family does not celebrate it. There are many who may call me a religious nutcase for not allowing my kids to dress up as zombies or murder victims, run around scaring little children, or to take candy from strangers. However, these would also be the people that fail to exercise critical thinking skills. Religious reasons are certainly parts of the armament of my logic, but they aren’t the only parts.
Parents spend much of their time and effort training their children to be careful around strangers. They remind their kids not to walk up to strange vehicles, go somewhere with a stranger, accept gifts from strangers, or tell strangers personal information. Yet, for some reason, parents decide that their kids can take candy from strangers on Halloween night. Not only this, but they also allow their children to trick-or-treat without adult supervision a lot of the time.
Halloween is a holiday that many satanic cults and followers have claimed as theirs. They will even steal people’s cats and dogs to use as sacrifices in evil rituals. Sexual assaults are also more common during Halloween as people get in touch with their wild or “naughty” sides. This type of behavior is egged on further by women who wear “sexy” Halloween costumes in order to illicit male reactions. Vandalism is also a common crime committed during the holiday as, again, people embrace the more destructive side of their natures. This isn’t all that hard to believe considering that excessive alcohol drinking is also a problem during this holiday. With all of this in mind, why should parents encourage their children to go out on Halloween night?
In Romans 13:12 we are told to put away deeds of darkness, yet so much about Halloween celebrates darkness. Then in 2 Corinthians 6:14 we are told that the light has nothing in common with darkness. We are supposed to be children of the light, so how can we knowingly embrace a holiday that promotes darkness, which is supposed to be our exact opposite?
Halloween places a large amount of focus on death, but God is a God of life. Throughout scripture life is repeatedly mentioned, “The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full” (John 10:10). Life is an underlying positive theme throughout all of the New Testament. Why then, should we as Christians support a holiday that puts such a strong, and twisted, emphasis on death?
Fear is also a large component of Halloween. Adults and kids alike are encouraged to engulf themselves in being scared and scaring others. This also typically involves watching things and seeing images that are better left unseen, especially for young minds. Satan uses fear to drive a wedge between God and His children. It isn’t a healthy fear like what we are supposed to feel regarding God’s overwhelming power, but a perverted fear that can drive people to do or think things they wouldn’t normally do or think.
Halloween is not a holiday that celebrates the good things of the world. Philippians 4:8 states, “Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things.” Does Halloween celebrate truth, nobility, right, purity, loveliness, admirable qualities, or anything excellent? Not as far as I can tell. In fact, in many ways Halloween celebrates the exact opposite of these things. It celebrates deception, cruelty, criminality, hate, murder, sexual perversion, ugliness, fear, temptation…the list can go on and on. Why would a Christian take part in a holiday that celebrates aspects of life that God does not want us to revel in?
Halloween is a sacred day for Wiccans (witchcraft practitioners) and Satanists. Considering that these are both religions centered around darkness and involve false idols, should Christians be celebrating such a day?
For those who do not have a faith in the Lord, there are still logical reasons not to celebrate Halloween. It contradicts lessons parents commonly try to teach their children, thus undermining the authority of the parents. It can also put the safety of children at risk.
Ephesians 5:11 tells us, “And have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather expose them.” We are not only told not to avoid associating with darkness, but to expose the darkness to those around us. This is one reason I decided to write this post. I am not trying to force my beliefs on anyone, but I am encouraging critical thought. We should not be blindly following along with societal norms, “And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.” (Romans 12:2). We should instead be noticeably different (in a good way), so that those who do not believe might question who and what motivates us to hold ourselves to higher standards.
If you have any reasons of your own to add to what I have mentioned, feel free to do so in the comments. I also welcome any discussions regarding the validity of what I have listed here.