Ten Reasons Christians Should Not Celebrate Halloween
by J. Kerby Anderson
Many in our secular society believe Halloween is nothing more than a
harmless festival that allows kids to collect candy. But is it? Its
origins lie deeply rooted in the occult, and Christians should stay
away. Here are ten reasons why.
- October 31st has long been known as "The Festival of the
Dead." The Celtic tribes and their priests the Druids celebrated
this day as a marker for the change from life to death.
- Halloween today is performed usually by adherents of witchcraft who
use the night for their rituals. Witches celebrate Halloween as the
"Feast of Samhain," the first feast of the witchcraft year.
Being a festival of the dead, Halloween is a time when witches attempt
to communicate with the dead through various forms of divination.
- Christians should not be involved with occultic practice or
divination. Note God's command against divination in Deuteronomy 18.
- Occultists believe Halloween is a time of transition between life
and death. Some occult practitioners practiced divination and believed
you could learn the secrets of life and wisdom by Iying on a grave and
listening to the messages from the long-departed.
- Occultists also taught that spirits and ghosts left the grave
during this night and would seek out warmth in their previous homes.
Villagers, fearful of the possibility of being visited by the ghosts
of past occupants, would dress up in costumes to scare the spirits on
their way. They would also leave food and other treats at their door
to appease the spirits so they would not destroy their homes or crops
but instead move on down the road. That is the real reason why kids
dress up in costumes today and go door-to-door seeking treats.
- Occultists also would try to scare away the spirits by carving a
scary face into a pumpkin. This horrible visage would hopefully move
the spirit on to another home or village and spare that home from
destruction. Sometimes the villagers would light a candle and place it
within the pumpkin and use it as a lantern (hence the name,
Jack-o-Lantern). This is the origin of carving pumpkins at Halloween.
- In some witchcraft covens, the closing ritual includes eating an
apple or engaging in fertility rites. In the Bible (Genesis 3), eating
a piece of fruit brought sin and death into the world. In witchcraft,
eating an apple is symbolic of bringing life. The practice of bobbing
for apples brings together two pagan traditions: divination and the
- Schools are removing any religious significance from Christmas
(often called winter break) and Easter (spring break). Isn't it ironic
that most public schools still celebrate Halloween even though it has
- Participating in Halloween gives sanction to a holiday that
promotes witches, divination, haunted houses, and other occultic
- Christians should avoid Halloween and develop creative
alternatives. Churches can hold a Fall Fun Festival and/or celebrate
Reformation Day (also October 31). They should not endorse or promote