So as Halloweekend is drawing to a close with it rounding off on Monday, and the hype spreading to all countries, there is the really important question; Should Christians celebrate Halloween? This is what I think, feel free to write down your opinions and reasonings in the comment section below.
So before I can begin, we must do our research.
So what is Halloween and how did it begin?
Halloween is thought to have started by the Celts, those who used to occupy what is now known as Ireland. The Celts celebrated their New year on the 1st of November, they saw it as the end of the summer and harvest and the beginning of the dark and cold days usually associated with a lot of deaths. The eve before, they celebrated an ancient Celtic festival titled the Samhain (the sow-in) on October the 31st, they believed that the boundaries between the physical world and the spiritual world blurred and dead people visited and roamed the earth. They burned animals and sacrifices to their Celtic deities. The Romans then conquered the majority of Celtic territory and brought their own 2 celebrations and remixed it with the Samhain. The first was Feralia, a day in late October where they commemorated the passing of the dead and the second was a day to honor Pomona, the roman goddess of fruit and trees. The symbol of Pomona is the apple (this explains the bobbing of the apple practiced at Halloween).
And now you’re like wha, wha, wha Gedo hollup what does this have to do with Christianity?
Alright let me tell you, on May 13 , 6.0.9 AD, Pope Boniface IV dedicated the Pantheon in Rome in honour of all Christian martyrs, and the Catholic feasts of all Martyr day was established in western churches. Pope Gregory III later expanded it to dead saints and Martyrs and moved it to November 1. By the 9th Century Christian influences had spread to Celtic lands. The church then made November 2nd All Souls day, a day to honour the dead. They titled the eve before this, All Hallows eve which eventually became Halloween.
Information gotten from: Halloween
Okay Gedo, I get it, but was does dressing up have to do with all of this?
Well, I’ll tell you. The Celtics used to dress up so as to blend in with the “ghosts” and according to Eddie J. Smith, in his book Halloween, Hallowed is Thy Name, offers a religious perspective to the wearing of costumes on All Hallows’ Eve, suggesting that by dressing up as creatures “who at one time caused us to fear and tremble”, people are able to poke fun at Satan “whose kingdom has been plundered by our Saviour.” Images of skeletons and the dead are traditional decorations used as memento mori.
Information gotten from: Halloween
So now that we’ve done our research, what is my verdict?
I don’t think as Christians, we should celebrate Halloween and here’s why. First I will explain it spiritually and then I will talk about physically.
Celebrating a holiday like Halloween is not healthy spirit-wise because when you celebrate holidays like Halloween where the devil and evil spirits (witches, demons) are basically welcomed, even though you yourself may not be dressed as a devil or so on, you are basically fraternizing with the enemy. Have you ever heard of passive smoking? That is the inhalation of smoke from another person’s cigarette, cigar or pipe so although you yourself are not doing the act of smoking, you’re still inhaling that smoke. That is a bit like how celebrating Halloween and going to a Halloween party is, although you yourself are not dressed like the devil, you are opening your spirit to these bad spirits, you’re welcoming them. Some people might say “oh but I don’t believe in that part of Halloween” Those dark spirits don’t play like that, if you’re there, you’re there, they don’t care if you don’t believe in that part of Halloween, as far as they’re concerned, just by being there and taking part, you’ve shown yourself to them.
Now a lot of people will say, but isn’t Halloween a christian holiday so what are you talking about?
Okay but do you seriously think that Halloween is a holiday that exalts God? Do you think God is going to be happy looking down and watching you dressed like/among those that dress like devils, witches and demons? Do you think he loves seeing angels and demons together, taking pictures and holding hands? Do you think he loves seeing his most prized possession dressed as something he despises? Good and evil cannot mix, good and evil can never be friends, you know that and I know that so why are you participating in a celebration that tries to do exactly that. And I know some of you will be like, But Gedo your quote says-, I know what my quote says but notices how it says that Eddie J. Smith merely “suggested“ and no offence Eddie J. but I think that’s silly, it’s just as silly as saying because God has given us sexual organs we should have sex with everyone to give thanks for having it.
Think about it, houses that are decorated with witches and wizards and skeletons and gravebeds, don’t you think by doing so you’re spiritually inviting these horrible spirits into the home? As Christians we should not only be physically aware but also spiritually aware, some things have much more of an effect on us than we think.
So that’s why I don’t support Halloween spiritually, now physically. Even if I wasn’t a christian I would still not support Halloween, why? Because people take the holiday too far. Look at costumes for examples, the other day I was telling my friend about how a costume was made out of Kim Kardashian’s Paris robbery, you’ll find costumes playing around with mental illnesses, it’s almost as though the holiday brings out the cruelty and darkness in people. (Sidenote: the same way having costumes playing around with mental illnesses disgusts you is the same way having costumes with devils and demons should disgust you, it just isn’t something to be played or joked around with).
I love dressing up and I love costume parties, but I don’t love Halloween and what it stands for.
What are your thoughts and opinions?
Lots of love,