In Case You Were Wondering

Should Christians Participate in Halloween? 7 Scriptures to Consider

Originally published October 24, 201410394788_860513210656281_4509180524943822101_n

Should Christians participate in Halloween? 

Since there is no specific Bible verse that says, “Thou shalt/shalt not participate in Halloween and its related activities,” this is an area of Christian liberty that must be decided by each individual or couple on the basis of scriptural principles and prayer. If there are Halloween activities available to you that do not violate scriptural principles or your conscience or cause you to become a stumbling block to someone weaker in the faith (which may even be your spouse or child), you are free to participate in those aspects of Halloween.

Here are some Scriptures and principles that may be of help as you make your decision:

1 Corinthians 10:23:
“All things are lawful,” but not all things are helpful. “All things are lawful,” but not all things build up.

Is it helpful? Does it build you/your family up?

1 Corinthians 10:24-30:
Let no one seek his own good, but the good of his neighbor. 25 Eat whatever is sold in the meat market without raising any question on the ground of conscience. 26 For “the earth is the Lord’s, and the fullness thereof.” 27 If one of the unbelievers invites you to dinner and you are disposed to go, eat whatever is set before you without raising any question on the ground of conscience. 28 But if someone says to you, “This has been offered in sacrifice,” then do not eat it, for the sake of the one who informed you, and for the sake of conscience— 29 I do not mean your conscience, but his. For why should my liberty be determined by someone else’s conscience? 30 If I partake with thankfulness, why am I denounced because of that for which I give thanks?

Who is watching what your family does? Are you serving your neighbor and drawing him closer to Christ by the activities you participate in?  

1 Corinthians 10:31:
So, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God.

Are you glorifying God by participating in the activity you’re considering?

Philippians 4:8:
Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things.

Does the activity exemplify and cause you to think about things that are pure, lovely, etc.?

Ephesians 5:11-12-
Take no part in the unfruitful works of darkness, but instead expose them. 12 For it is shameful even to speak of the things that they do in secret.

Is the activity spiritually unfruitful, a work of darkness, shameful? Are you taking part in evil or exposing it?

Isaiah 5:20:
Woe to those who call evil good and good evil, who put darkness for light and light for darkness, who put bitter for sweet and sweet for bitter!

Does the activity celebrate, honor, or make light of sin, evil, and darkness?

1 Corinthians 15:54b-55:
Death is swallowed up in victory.”
“O death, where is your victory?
O death, where is your sting?”

Christ died to put death to death. Does the activity you’re considering glorify death?

 

For Further Reading:

Cancel Halloween Unless You Can Do These 5 Things by Aaron Armstrong

Halloween History and the Bible from Answers in Genesis

Should Christians Celebrate Halloween from Got Questions

12 thoughts on “Should Christians Participate in Halloween? 7 Scriptures to Consider”

  1. This was a great resource to go through with my 5 year old. She just learned there was such a thing as Halloween (saw costumes and was asked if she was going to go Trick or Treating). She loved ready through the scripture and talking about the questions. She even prayed for all the people who don’t know Jesus to repent and trust in him. Now I’m confident that she doesn’t resent us telling her “NO” to something that sounds like fun, but is instead wanting to obey the Bible. We found ways that we could glorify God if we lived somewhere that actually had trick or treaters as well. Thanks for sharing this!

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  2. You are absolutely right! As a child, my parents explained to me that although Halloween looks like harmless fun the origins of this celebration are not in harmony with bible principles.

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      1. I’m sorry. I thought the information would be interesting and helpful. I’ll be sure to keep this in mind for future posts. I have a high regard for the Bible and I find their material to be encouraging. Is there a problem with Jehovah’s Witness material?

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      2. No worries, it’s just that Jehovah’s Witness is an unbiblical religion. They are not Christians, nor do they correctly handle the Bible. If you’re a Christian, I’d encourage you to stay away from their materials.

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  3. Ephesians 4:27 – Neither give place to the devil.

    1 Corinthians 10:21 – 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 Peter 5:8 – Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour:

    Leviticus 19:31 – Regard not them that have familiar spirits, neither seek after wizards, to be defiled by them: I [am] the LORD your God.

    Proverbs 22:6 – Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it.

    Deuteronomy 18:9-12 – When thou art come into the land which the LORD thy God giveth thee, thou shalt not learn to do after the abominations of those nations. (Read More…)

    Ephesians 5:6-12 – Let no man deceive you with vain words: for because of these things cometh the wrath of God upon the children of disobedience. (Read More…)

    1 Chronicles 10:13 – So Saul died for his transgression which he committed against the LORD, [even] against the word of the LORD, which he kept not, and also for asking [counsel] of [one that had] a familiar spirit, to enquire [of it];

    Deuteronomy 18:9 – When thou art come into the land which the LORD thy God giveth thee, thou shalt not learn to do after the abominations of those nations.

    Acts 19:13-20 – Then certain of the vagabond Jews, exorcists, took upon them to call over them which had evil spirits the name of the Lord Jesus, saying, We adjure you by Jesus whom Paul preacheth. (Read More…)

    1 John 5:19 – [And] we know that we are of God, and the whole world lieth in wickedness.

    Leviticus 20:27 – A man also or woman that hath a familiar spirit, or that is a wizard, shall surely be put to death: they shall stone them with stones: their blood [shall be] upon them.

    Romans 10:9 – That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.

    Isaiah 5:20 – Woe unto them that call evil good, and good evil; that put darkness for light, and light for darkness; that put bitter for sweet, and sweet for bitter!

    2 Corinthians 6:14 – 7:1 – Be ye not unequally yoked together with unbelievers: for what fellowship hath righteousness with unrighteousness? and what communion hath

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  4. Was very troubled by your article on Halloween as you seemed to be coming from the premise that if you didn’t participate in Halloween you were weaker in faith than a Christian who did celebrate Halloween which appears condescending and worldly. As soon as I was saved and had the mind of Christ, I had no desire to participate in a holiday rooted in satanic origins. I wanted to live my life to please the Lord & not man. Some Christians want to hold onto the things of the world & try to christianize them. It just doesn’t work and sends a mixed message to our children. I simply am so puzzled why Christians would participate in such an ugly holiday. Just walk through a store with Halloween decorations and you can feel the oppression. It seems like Christian parents are afraid their children are missing out on something when the Lord Jesus will definitely bless them when they go His way. Or are parents afraid to say no to something the world has to offer. My husband and I have brought up six children in the nurture and admonition of the Lord and now have sixteen grandchildren so we speak from experience. We’re not perfect but still pressing on in Jesus. The Lord always blesses our obedience. Hope you can receive this message in the spirit it was intended in love.

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  5. you do nothing by hiding.in your homes . where your neighbors get together, give gifts of candy, food or drinking hot cocoa. Even Jesus sat with the sinners, which we all are. you have conjured up in your head what you think Halloween is , yet you take another pagan holiday and try to pretend Christ was born in December and it should be celebrated.??
    be a light. give out the best candy. light up your home with the goodness God has given you. smile. be kind. loving. giving. HAPPY. you might even strike up a conversation with a neighbor and bring them to Christ.
    stop being like.the Pharisees. hypocrites.

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