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Stump the Pastor: Can a Christian Go To a Halloween Party or Celebrate Halloween?
Many sincere and devout Christians think of occult and paganism when they think of Halloween. Regardless of where we go for information, there are some well-known facts about the origins of Halloween customs and associated festivities.
As Christianity was spreading to Ireland and Scotland around 5th century, church fathers adapted a pagan feast of bringing in the final harvest of the year to celebrate the lives of the saints of the church and to honor their memories. The name “All Hallow’s Eve” became known as the night before All Saint’s Day. In 835 A.D. Pope Gregory IV decided to combine these two days together into a special church holy day, making November 1 an All Saint’s Day. In later years, “All Hallow’s Eve” became known as Halloween.
The intent of All Hallow’s Eve, or Halloween, has never been about evil, Satan, or the occult. Secular society is responsible for that, and in recent years Halloween has taken on a negative image for some people, even some Christians. In its beginning, on All Hallow’s Eve, children and adults would carve jack-o-laterns from pumpkins and turnips and place them around the harvest to keep away negative spirits.
A later custom developed where people would go door-to-door on November 2, requesting small cakes in exchange for the promise of saying prayers for the dead relatives of each house. This arose out of the religious belief that the dead were in a state of limbo (or purgatory) before they went to heaven or hell and that the prayers of the living could influence the outcome. It is believed that this custom was the precursor to Trick-or-Treating.
Over the years, secularism and the occult adapted Halloween and instead of a day of fun for children and families it acquired a certain sinister and occultist connotation. The original intent of this day was to have fun, to celebrate the harvest, and to remember the saints by whose labors we received our faith and whose form we often miss.our children can dress up in costumes and go door-to-door and just have fun. However, if you are not comfortable with doing this, then you should not. If you know of a person who would be hindered by doing it, then you shouldn’t either.
So the question remains: Can a Christian person take part in Halloween themed festivities or celebrate Halloween?
As Christians we should not be involved with or support the occult, witchcraft, demonism, or any other custom that elevates or celebrates the occult. To do so is to contradict God’s word, call demonic spirits into our lives, and invite judgment from God. Therefore, if a Halloween celebration is centered on demons, devils, spirits, etc., I would strongly encourage everyone to have nothing to do with it.
On the other hand, it is not wrong to dress up in a costume and go door-to-door saying “Trick or Treat.” Provided that the costume isn’t demonic, I can’t see anything wrong with this. It is a fun custom for the young and young at heart.
In the Bible in 1 Cor. 10:23-33, Paul speaks about meat sacrificed to idols. This meat was often sold in the meat market and the question arose, “Should a Christian each such meat?”
Paul said in verse 25, “Eat anything sold in the meat market without raising questions of conscience,…” Paul affirms that it is okay to eat the meat bought in the market place even though that meat may have been sacrificed to idols.
Then in verses 28-29 he says, “But if someone says to you, “This has been offered in sacrifice,” then do not eat it, both for the sake of the one who told you and for the sake of conscience.I am referring to the other person’s conscience, not yours. For why is my freedom being judged by another’s conscience?” (NIV2010). Paul is saying that if you find out the meat was sacrificed to idols, don’t eat it — not because of you, but because of the other person. In other words, eating that meat won’t affect you. But, it may affect the attitude of another who does not understand the freedom the Christian has in Christ.
It is not any different with Halloween. Even though Halloween has pagan origins, because of our freedom in Christ, we and/or
That being understood, on Saturday, October 27, Christ United Methodist Church will host a Pizza party. Since this day is so close to the secular holiday of Halloween, if you or your little tyke would like to wear a costume, that would be awesome. In the past I came to church Pizza/Halloween parties as “Mister Clean,” “Chef Tell,” “Rudolph, the Red Nosed Reindeer,” “Brezhnev,” “Shrek” and a “Robin Hood who can speak with a Russian Accent.”
It is common sense that costumes depicting scary monsters, blood, violence or are devil/Satan themed are not appropriate at this or any other event in our (or any other Christian) church.