Is “Celebrating” Halloween Inoffensive?

Nena Arias | October 30, 2023

“[He] who called you out of darkness into his marvelous light.”
(1 Peter 2:9)

“Satan disguises himself as an angel of light.”
2 Corinthians 11:14)

Many people think that celebrating Halloween is benign and just a lot of fun, but is it? What is really being celebrated here? Everything has an inspiration. Ideas don’t come from vacuums. Ideas and inspirations come from somewhere and we must ask ourselves what is the truth and principle we are enforcing and what is the final result that we are going to see? When people do it either they are ignorant at what is really the inspiration behind this popular event, or they know and are embracing it fully.

How should Christians respond to Halloween? What do pastors think about Halloween, and more importantly do they teach accurately what the Bible says in regard to the origins of this event? The answer to that question should be easy by answering another question: do they fear God or man?

Even people who say they know Christ celebrate Halloween and even take their children to trick or treat. Some even host big Halloween parties.

The truth is Halloween is the devil’s day to celebrate his darkness and death. 1 Peter 2:9 clear says, “He who called us out of darkness into His wonderful light”. He would never want us to partner with darkness and death.

If anything, Halloween night should be a night to spend in prayer to fight back the darkness that is having its heyday in the spiritual realm. We are to love what God loves and hate what He hates. The Bible is clear that witchcraft is an abomination to God, and it should grieve us to see witchcraft celebrated anywhere in the world but especially in our country. The origin of this event is very clear to see by the images of ghosts, demons, skeletons, witches, haunted houses, vampires, witches flying on broomsticks and cooking up potions in their cauldrons. It is clear to see there is nothing benign about this. As you can see there is nothing inoffensive about Halloween.

How can Christians even consider partnering with these things? God is so clear in scripture: “Let no one be found among you who…engages in witchcraft… Anyone who does these things is detestable to the Lord; because of these same detestable practices the Lord your God will drive out those nations before you. You must be blameless before the Lord your God.” (Deuteronomy 18)

We must be blameless, so according to Scripture, it is tragic that churches have found a way to justify celebrating Halloween by what is being called “trunk or treat” at church where they hand out candies from the trunks of their cars and even dress the children up on that day. Others camouflage the celebration by calling it “Fall Festival”. Since when do we celebrate fall? How can that be justified from believers?

Let’s not kid ourselves, if anything, that day should be a day for prayer, fasting, worship and evangelism to combat the darkness. As you can see, there is nothing inoffensive about celebrating Halloween, and it does bring negative consequences.