I am not going to write about the origins of Halloween in this post and depending on what you are reading they vary slightly. I do encourage you to look up the origins of Halloween for yourself so that you can make the best informed decision for your family. I will say that in my research of this day, I find nothing Christian about it. Halloween is a sacred day to people who follow Wicca or Witchcraft (worship Satan).
The Bible says that we, as Christians have been called out of darkness and that we should not participate in evil practices.
1 Peter 2:9-10
But you are not like that, for you are a chosen people. You are royal priests, a holy nation, God’s very own possession. As a result, you can show others the goodness of God, for he called you out of the darkness into his wonderful light. “Once you had no identity as a people; now you are God’s people. Once you received no mercy; now you have received God’s mercy.”
For he has rescued us from the kingdom of darkness and transferred us into the Kingdom of his dear Son,
“When you enter the land the Lord your God is giving you, be very careful not to imitate the detestable customs of the nations living there. For example, never sacrifice your son or daughter as a burnt offering. And do not let your people practice fortune-telling, or use sorcery, or interpret omens, or engage in witchcraft, or cast spells, or function as mediums or psychics, or call forth the spirits of the dead.
1 Thessalonians 5:22
Abstain from every form of evil.
So, as you can see from the scriptures above the reason we do not celebrate is pretty simple. However, not celebrating Halloween in the traditional way that the world does has been a hard road for us at times. I have felt alone and isolated because of what we believe. I have had to explain myself to teachers and staff at school many times as to why we do not allow our children to participate in school Halloween parties, dress up days, etc.. We have had to explain to our children's friends and parents of friends why our children can not go to the haunted house with the rest of their friends. One thing we didn't say was that is was against our religion because in our house we try to focus more on a relationship with Jesus than having religion. I explain that we are Christians and celebrating Halloween does not glorify Jesus and that it's origins are evil. One of the reasons that my youngest son will tell people is "that we don't celebrate the devil's birthday" LOL He knows that it is not the devils birthday but for him as a child that was an easy way to explain it. When writing this post I asked my kids for the reason we don't celebrate and I was very pleased with the answers they had to give. They talked about how it was an evil holiday and had nothing to do with Jesus just to name a couple. Sometimes this is understood by others and sometimes they think we are "just silly for not letting our kids participate in a harmless holiday".
Continue reading here tomorrow when I talk about some alternatives to celebrating Halloween...