Witchcraft & Deliverance Chronicles: The Truth about Halloween
Well, it’s almost that time again! Time for witches and wizards; spiders and webs; goblins, ghouls, ghosts, oh my! Halloween decor almost seems like it’s everywhere present. But should Christians even celebrate Halloween? Let’s start with the history to build our case.
From Samhain to Halloween
(Check out this blogpost for an in depth history of Halloween from two former witches as well as secular documentaries on the event.)
My Celtic-Druid ancestors celebrated Samhain, Gaelic for “November,” as a holy day unto their pantheon of pagan gods headed by The Triple Goddess (“Asherah,” the “Queen of Heaven,” or “Mystery Babylon”) and The Great Horned God (Baal). They attributed their harvests to these gods, yet also believed Samhain was the “time between the times” when the veil between the worlds of the living and the dead was at its thinnest, allowing the souls of the dead to pass into our world. “Treats” were left outside to appease the more malevolent spirits so they would not “trick” the living.
In later years, as Christianity spread, the Catholic Church encouraged syncretism which, in regards Samhain, meant they created All Hallows’ (Saints’) Day (November 1st) and All Souls’ Day (November 2nd) to absorb and counter the evil of All Hallows’ Eve which eventually became Halloween. It was an attempt to let the pagans have their cake and eat it too. It bore mixed results.
From bonfires to sacrifices to orgies, this high, holy day of Satan has been celebrated for over 4,000 years and is still kept by those who’ve rebirthed the Old Religion through neopaganism, Wicca, and other branches of the Occult.
In addition to the continued Occult tradition of Samhain, the Celts brought their Halloween fervor to America which resulted in much mischief and even violence amongst the children celebrating. And through an odd twist of secularism, the adults began giving out “treats” for children instead of spirits to avoid their increasingly dangerous “tricks.” And thus, Halloween survived.
Many people, Christian and secular alike, see no problem celebrating Halloween because they don’t consider themselves to be celebrating evil. But what does the Bible say?
My Bible Says…
Do not be unequally yoked together with unbelievers. For...what communion has light with darkness? (2 Corinthians 6:14)
When you come into the land which the Lord your God is giving you, you shall not learn to follow the abominations of those nations. There shall not be found among you anyone who makes his son or his daughter pass through the fire, or one who practices witchcraft, or a soothsayer, or one who interprets omens, or a sorcerer, or one who conjures spells, or a medium, or a spiritist, or one who calls up the dead. (Deuteronomy 18:9-11)
A simple glance at the pagan roots of Halloween and even the Catholic Church’s whitewashing thereof would indicate that Halloween is an activity for the lukewarm and apathetic at best or the godless heathens at worst.
There are some things the Bible leaves to our personal interpretation. However, Occult ceremonies and pagan rituals are not one of them! The term “Halloween” may not have been around in Bible times, but idolatry and witchcraft were. And the Bible, Old Testament to New, tells us to have nothing to do with these “abominable” practices.
Celebrating Halloween is dabbling in the Occult. No ifs, ands, or buts about it. God will forgive ignorance, but blatant refusal in light of the facts is rebellion. We cannot sanctify unto God what belongs to Satan.
But what about Christmas and Easter? As Christians, we celebrate the Christ Child, not the Clause; the Lamb of God, not the Easter bunny. Christ makes all the difference. Angels heralded Christ’s birth. Resurrected people--not familiar spirits--walked the streets when He died for our sins. There is no such redeeming quality in Halloween. And as for the Catholic feasts days, Christ is our intercessor, not Mary or the saints; Purgatory doesn’t exist so the dearly departed can’t possibly be there. Therefore, All Hallows’ Day and All Souls’ Day are whitewashed sepulchres. And if that won’t convince you, then just take a look at the crime rates on Halloween.
Picture a man at a birthday party. He goes every year, but he doesn’t talk to the birthday boy. He doesn’t eat the cake, bring gifts, or get drunk, but he still goes faithfully. Now imagine if he actually engaged in the festivities and brought his kids to mingle with the others. He still won’t talk to the birthday boy (although he talks to the other guests), yet he still insists on putting himself in that atmosphere. By both definitions, he’s still celebrating the birthday. His very presence displays his annual commitment to the celebration. The same can be said of Christians who celebrate Halloween. Despite your intentions, you still insist on taking your kids to Satan’s party EVERY YEAR.
But What about My Kids??
They’ll live. I promise. As a Christian parent, you should already be used to explaining to your children why your family doesn’t do everything others do. The Bible teaches that we are in the world, not of it (John 17:15, Rom. 12:2, I John 2:15). It also says to separate yourselves from the things of the world (II Corinthians 6:17).
And if your children are pressuring you to celebrate Halloween, then do not give into them. That’s giving into manipulation and manipulation is witchcraft. You’re the parent. You’re the authority in the household. Just because the world has fallen for the mass manipulation of Halloween doesn’t mean you have to as well. Why not make this a fun educational opportunity instead?
Have your Hallelujah Night at church! Have your candy and non-demonic games. Avoid the [demonic] costumes, jack-o-lanterns, and other Occultic elements. Then actually teach the kids why you don’t celebrate Halloween. Witness to the visitors who drop by. And if you’re bold and daring enough, forgo the Halloween alternatives altogether and choose to celebrate, Reformation Day: the day Martin Luther nailed his 95 Theses to the Wittenberg Castle Church door! But whatever you do, make sure that God, and not Satan, is glorified!