October 31st is coming. People everywhere start carving pumpkins and buying candy to give to children that play dress-up. Sounds idyllic, cozy, a bit exciting? Nice decorations, families, candy.
In other parts of the world, people celebrate similar holidays, such as the Day of the Dead in Mexico, All saints eve in Northern Europe, Kawsasqanchis in parts of South America, Dance of the Hooded Egunguns in parts of Africa and the Bon festival in Asia. These all have in common that they celebrate the existence and activity of the spirits of the dead and other spirit creatures.
You may not personally believe in supernatural spirits. Perhaps you think Halloween and similar holidays are merely fun celebrations that let your children have some fun. However, a lot of people know the origin and meaning of these kinds of holidays and have understood how harmful they are.
The origin and meaning of Halloween
The name “Halloween” is a contraction of the words “All Hallows’ Eve”, but there is nothing holy about it. The origin of Halloween comes from the ancient Celts of Britain and Ireland. According to The World Book Encyclopedia, the origin of Halloween can be traced back to an “ancient pagan festival celebrated by Celtic people over 2,000 years ago,” called Samhain, meaning “Summer’s End”. The Celts believed that during Samhain the veil between the human and the spirit worlds was parted and both good and evil spirits could freely roam the earth. The spirits of the dead returned to their homes, so the families would put out food and drink for their ghostly visitors in hopes of appeasing them. Today this is perpetuated by children dressing up like ghosts and going from home to home searching for goodies, and if they don’t get it, will play mischevious pranks on the homeowner.
The Celts believed that during Samhain the veil between the human and the spirit worlds was parted and both good and evil spirits could freely roam the earth. The spirits of the dead returned to their homes, so the families would put out food and drink for their ghost visitors in hopes of appeasing them. Today this is perpetuated by children dressing up like ghosts and other occult characters and going from home to home looking for goodies, and, if they don’t get it, will play mischevious pranks on the homeowner.
But they do not understand the more sinister, occult significance of this ceremony:
“In receiving something in their hands, they establish, on a symbolic level that they do not understand, a brotherly exchange between the visible and the invisible worlds. That is why the Halloween masquerades . . . are in fact sacred ceremonies.” ¹
In short: When Children go trick-or-treating, they are actually taking part in an ancient occult ritual.
The significance of some Halloween traditions
Bobbing for apples
Since during Samhain, the veil between the physical and spirit world was down, people thought that this was an excellent opportunity for divination, to see what the future would bring. One thing they’d do is to take apples or hazelnuts (both were considered sacred) with clear identifying markings and put them in water. By managing to get an apple out of the water using only the mouth, a young man or woman was supposed to be able to identify his or her future spouse. They could also foretell future marriages, sickness, and deaths.
The Celts would wear frightening masks or ghoulish costumes so that if they met an evil spirit, the evil spirit would think they were one of them and would leave them alone. In modern times this turned into the masquerades of modern Halloween. The church slowly adopted local pagan customs and had their adherents go from house to house wearing costumes and requesting small gifts. 2 Corinthians 6: 17, however, says that we should not even tough false religious practices.
Halloween pumpkins, or jack-o’-lanterns
In medieval Britain, “supplicants moved from door to door asking for food in return for a prayer for the dead,” and they would carry “hollowed-out turnip lanterns, whose candle connoted a soul trapped in purgatory.” ² Others say they were used to ward off evil. Both the concept of purgatory and the teaching of the immortality of the soul are not supported by the Bible. (Ezekiel 18:4)
As already noted, the Celts tried to appease dead spirits with sweets. As the church adopted this Satanic holiday, they tried to polish it up by encouraging people to ask for food in return for prayers for the dead. Even though this was an unscriptural idea, it was at least unselfish. Today, however, it has turned into an opportunity for selfish gluttony which fosters a selfish and egocentric personality in children, as well as being a pagan religious ceremony where children act as ambassadors to the spirit world to communicate with the dead. I.e. Necromancy.
Halloween characters such as vampires, werewolves, ghosts, zombies, etc.
Not much needs to be said about these. Vampires and zombies are re-animated dead. Vampires suck the life force out of humans. Ghosts are the spirits of the dead. Werewolves are lycanthropes, chimeras, a mix between man and animal. Chimeras hail back to the pre-flood world where fallen angels mixed with humans and also allegedly mixed humans with animals. These all have a clear connection to evil spirits and occultism and it should be clear to any Christian (or anyone with an honest head on their shoulders) how inappropriate these are.
12 For our wrestling is not against flesh and blood, but against the principalities, against the powers, against the world-rulers of this darkness, against the spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places .
Christians should be fighting against these manifestations of wicked spirits, not dress up as them for fun.
Connection to witchcraft and satanism
Halloween or Samhain is the most important holiday for both Satanists and Wiccans (witches). And they delight in the fact that many people are unwittingly celebrating their holiday together with them. In an interview, a professed witch said “Christians ‘don’t realize it, but they’re celebrating our holiday with us. . . . We like it’” ³
“Be not ye therefore partakers with them…but rather even reprove them” (Ephesians 5:7,11)
What does the Bible say?
5 For the living know that they shall die: but the dead know not anything, neither have they any more a reward; for the memory of them is forgotten.
Halloween teaches the false teaching of an immortal soul that survives death. The Bible clearly states that the dead know nothing at all. They are unconscious and therefore could not participate in any such celebration. However evil spirits take part in the celebration and delight in how easily they can mislead people.
10 There shall not be found with thee any one that maketh his son or his daughter to pass through the fire, one that useth divination, one that practiseth augury, or an enchanter, or a sorcerer, 11 or a charmer, or a consulter with a familiar spirit, or a wizard, or a necromancer. 12 For whosoever doeth these things is an abomination unto Jehovah: and because of these abominations Jehovah thy God doth drive them out from before thee.
Halloween contains elements of divination and augury (for example bobbing for apples), spiritism, necromancy and all kinds of magic. All these are an abomination to God.
31 Turn ye not unto them that have familiar spirits, nor unto the wizards; seek them not out, to be defiled by them: I am Jehovah your God.
Celebrating Halloween would, in other words, be to defile yourself before God.
19 Now the works of the flesh are manifest, which are these : fornication, uncleanness, lasciviousness, 20 idolatry, sorcery [or witchcraft, spiritism], enmities, strife, jealousies, wraths, factions, divisions, parties, 21 envyings, drunkenness, revellings, and such like; of which I forewarn you, even as I did forewarn you, that they who practise such things shall not inherit the kingdom of God.
Halloween is an unclean practice, tainted by ancient pagan religion, Satanism and witchcraft. It is idolatry since you’re taking part in a false religious ceremony. It is all about spiritism and witchcraft. It is also a party where revellings and uninhibited egotistical gluttony and drunkenness occur. If you take part in it, what can be the result? You will not inherit the Kingdom of God…
Maybe you say you don’t believe in it. But Satanists and demons do, and by celebrating Halloween with Satan worshipers, you leave yourself open and undefended against the attack of evil spirits.
Maybe you don’t think it’s all that bad. But God does. And he’s the one who judges your future: Eternal life or Eternal death.
I’ll leave you with a scripture to meditate on when you decide what to do:
1 Corinthians 10:20
20 But I say, that the things which the Gentiles sacrifice, they sacrifice to demons, and not to God: and I would not that ye should have communion with demons.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. 22 Or do we provoke the Lord to jealousy? are we stronger than he?
¹ Halloween, histoire et traditions (Halloween—History and Traditions) by Jean Markale
³ USA Today, 29 October 1990: “Satanist ‘revival’ rumors stir a furor”