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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

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

  1. My question to American Christians: how and when will our youth ever learn separation from worldly culture if all we do is adapt to it and attempt to sanitize it? Any believer who has interfaced with witchcraft would never ever partake in Halloween, its origins grounded in Samhain.
    If we cannot take a stand to honor God by denying temporal ‘fun’, how will we honor Him when the stakes are much higher?

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    1. I like what you said, Lisa Beth. I understand that Michelle is trying to give leeway to liberty, but we only have liberty in those things that are not “dark” in themselves. The 1 Corinthians Scriptures regarding meats sacrificed to idols tell us that the meat is not defiled; the meat purchased in the marketplace is not sinful because God has provided the food and declared it clean (1 Timothy 4:4), whether it had been sacrificed to idols or not. However, we are not permitted to participate in the idol’s temple, not because the sacrificed meat is defiled but because he who participates shares in the altar, which is demonic.

      You make the distinction that Halloween is not like meat that God has declared clean. Can anyone say that Samhain is clean, that it’s not a sinful activity? Buying meat in the market, taking it home and eating it with thanksgiving, is not an equal comparison to participation in darkness.

      Some will say that they don’t do the dark stuff; they just send the kids out in fun costumes. If this is the case, then one could say that it’s a matter of liberty. But as you pointed out, Lisa Beth, where is the separation from the worldly pleasures? And here is where liberty must be forsaken for the good of the Body. Is it good for parents to teach their children to find pleasure in worldly things? You may have liberty to dress up your kid as a cucumber and beg for candy, but what does that teach him?

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      1. Ladies- Respectfully, you may know about Samhain and that is the basis for your rejection of Halloween, and that’s fine, but the vast majority of people (Christian or not) who choose to participate in various innocuous aspects of Halloween such as evangelism outreach activities at their church or taking their children trick or treating, have no idea what that is. And if you’ve never heard of something, you are, by definition, not celebrating or participating in it. In their hearts and minds, they’re just having a fun, innocent family outing.

        As far as “finding pleasure in worldly things” – Do you watch wholesome, yet non-Christian TV? Celebrate the 4th of July? Go to amusement parks or the state fair? Go to neighborhood block parties? That’s what taking their children trick or treating is to most Christians who participate in it. There’s a difference between “earthly” and “worldly”. Participating in a non-sinful, yet not specifically Christian, earthly activity is part of God’s gift of common grace.

        I am not proactively encouraging people to participate in Halloween (except as an opportunity for evangelism – I definitely encourage that), but judging someone else’s conscience by your own on matters of Christian liberty is unbiblical and unloving. I would encourage you to remember Matthew 7:1-2 and consider whether you’re unbiblically judging brothers and sisters in Christ whose consciences are different from yours.

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      2. Hi Michelle, what I was saying is that Christian parents have a responsibility to teach godliness. If adults want to dress up themselves and beg for candy, that’s their prerogative, but if children are involved, we have to be careful.

        Also, the definition of godliness is a forsaking of all worldly desires, whether “evil” or innocuous. The moralist forsakes the evil and even an unbeliever can do that. But the godly also forsakes even those things that are pleasant or attractive (Titus 2:11-13). In other words, the godly wants to participate in those things that glorify God.

        “Do you watch wholesome, yet non-Christian TV? Celebrate the 4th of July? Go to amusement parks or the state fair?” Well, no, actually. lol. Might I go to a block party? Yes, because it gives me opportunity to share the Gospel, but I’m not going there just to have fun. Do we all have liberty in these things? Yes, I agree with you!

        I guess I find it hard to believe that Christians would have no idea what Halloween is. I mean, if you look in your neighborhood and see all the “dark” decorations, why would you think that it’s innocuous? It is, at heart, a celebration of the demonic, but a block party isn’t. And if we teach our children that Halloween and a block party are essentially the same, then how will they have discernment (Philippians 1:9-11)?

        Thanks for the discussion, Michelle!

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      3. I didn’t say Christians have no idea what Halloween is. I said they have no idea what Samhain is, which is what you and Lisa seemed to be basing your arguments against Halloween on.

        As I said, you’re free to hold whatever beliefs you’d like, but you’re coming across as though people who hold a different view from yours on this issue are spiritually immature or maybe not even saved. And if you’re coming across that way in a blog comment, it’s worth considering whether you’re coming across that way to friends, loved ones, and fellow church members. Just some food for thought.

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  2. Imagine the powerful revival that would take place if Christians all across the world would renounce, reject, and refuse Halloween. Imagine if they would deny the flesh for this one day that openly deceives with trickery and tacit withcraft. The angels would rejoice and the enemy would scream in defeat. What a day this would be if we spiritually found our backbones and girded up our convictions to take a stand against this utterly useless day of mockery. Thanks for writing these passages out for readers to grasp. It is much needed.

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    1. Erendira- I understand what you’re saying, but renouncing Halloween is not what brings revival. Revival happens when the Holy Spirit convicts people of sin and leads them to repentance. It is not brought about by our actions, but by the moving and gifting of the Holy Spirit. The Bible doesn’t promise anywhere that renouncing Halloween will bring revival, nor that angels will rejoice or the enemy will scream in defeat if people renounce Halloween.

      My family gave the gospel to 170 people last night. THAT’S what brings about revival, causes the angels to rejoice and the enemy to scream in defeat – the gospel – not refusing to interact with sinners who come to our doors.

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      1. I believe I was misunderstood. Something has to be dead in order for it to be revived, hence…

        If the Holy Spirit convicts people of sin (celebrating death) and leads them to repentance (revival) than we’re saying the same thing. I agree with you.

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