Ever wonder what Halloween is really about or if as Christians we should even participate in it? With this month being October and Halloween coming around the corner I wanted to share what I’ve learned over the past couple of years about this. The websites where I read about Halloween history and October 31st celebrations for this post came from the History Channel Website and the CBN Website.
Around 2000 years ago in the area that is now known as Ireland, United Kingdom, and Northern France the Celtic would celebrate Samhain (lord of death), a festival which took place on the night of October 31st which is the eve before their new year. According to their mythology this night was when the boundary between the dead and the living would thin and the ghosts of the dead would roam the Earth. They believed that while here not only did the dead damage crops but their presence let the Druids, aka Celtic Priests, to predict the future. The Celtics would also dress up and disguise themselves in costumes so that the evil spirits would think that they are one of them. They would also have bonfires where they would make food and animal offerings to their gods. In the Bible God says:
There shall not be found among you anyone who makes his son or his daughter pass through the fire, or one who practices witchcraft, or a soothsayer, or one who interprets omens, or a sorcerer, or one who conjures spells, or a medium, or a spiritist, or one who calls up the dead. For all who do these things are an abomination to the Lord , and because of these abominations the Lord your God drives them out from before you.
Deuteronomy 18:10-12 NKJV
Now you might be saying to yourself “Well that was 2000 years ago and the celebrations have just become fun and games.” but that would be wrong. People today who follow and practice Wicca believe this night to be one of two most holy nights. It’s a time when they can celebrate with and worship demons and other evil entities from the spiritual realm. Though you may not be dancing around fires and chanting, by participating in events associated with what the Celtics and Wiccian believe you are in a sense celebrating with them.
You cannot drink the cup of the Lord and the cup of demons; you cannot partake of the Lord’s table and of the table of demons.
I Corinthians 10:21 NKJV
But since it is nearly impossible to avoid this day there is another alternative. Back in the 8th century Pope Gregory III tried to help Christians be able to avoid having to celebrate demons by moving All Saints Day from the spring to November 1st. In case you don’t know, because I never heard of it until researching for this blog, All Saints Day is a day to remember those who lived their life for Christ and God and have gone on to heaven. While this is a nice gesture it unfortunately has been tossed along the way side and I don’t think many take time to remember the saints let alone know that there is a day to honor them. I checked my calendar at home and it clearly marks Halloween but says nothing about All Saints Day, the only way I knew that is still on November 1st was by googling it. Celebrating and remembering past saints and what they accomplished and taught is something that we and our families could partake in on this night instead of dressing up in costumes. In the past my wife and I would take the kids to Chuck E Cheese or a place like that for a family night but I think that maybe instead we might start taking this time to celebrate the saints and worship our Lord and Savior. Maybe this is something that you can start this year with your family. God bless.