Halloween & Why I Don’t Celebrate


While Halloween does include fun with friends and family, it is a pagan/satanic holiday. These gatherings are centered around attributes, such as witchcraft, death, deceit and fright, which are opposing to God.

Halloween began as a celebration of wickedness and Satan worship. It is rooted in pagan tradition. Although the original ways it was celebrated bear little resemblance to the way it is celebrated today, I am still not going to celebrate it.

Children may dress in cute costumes and get candy from neighbors, but this isn’t the way everyone celebrates. There are icons of witches, skeletons, ghosts, and other “evil” things. People, especially rebellious teenagers, play tricks on others (soaping windows, smashing pumpkins, egging homes, vandalizing properties, etc.). Sinister stories are passed around. I know I’ve been there. I didn’t come from a Christian home so I grew up celebrating Halloween.

There are people, who participate in pagan religions and celebrate with special rituals (some of which are Satanic). The entire spirit of the holiday doesn’t set a good example for children and it’s not based on how God wants us to live and celebrate.

The main focus of Halloween is fear, darkness, monsters, the occult and violence. Are these the kinds of things that we should be exposing our children or ourselves to? Paul said that Christians should “have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather reprove them.” (Ephesians 5:11) He also wrote in 1 Thessalonians 5:22 that we are to “Keep away from every kind of evil.”

Halloween is a holiday that glorifies that which is dark, that which is diabolical. The Bible tells us that we have been called out of darkness and into the marvelous light of Christ (1 Peter 2:9). Jesus wants to lift us above the paganism and wickedness of this world (John 17:14-15). How are we to let our lights shine (Matthew 5:14-16) if we are relishing in a custom that promotes darkness? “And what communion hath light with darkness?” (2 Corinthians 6:14). Our delight and meditation should be on that which is pure, lovely, and virtuous (Philippians 4:8).

The Bible is clear: God is opposed to occultish practices (Deuteronomy 18:10-12, Galatians 5:20, Revelation 21:8). You can also read in Acts 19:18-19 about Christians who renounced all dealings with the occult after they accepted Jesus as their Savior.

I’m not going to tell you what you should or shouldn’t do since every Christian must be persuaded in his or her own conscience about this type of matter, but to me, Halloween doesn’t sound like anything I want to be associated with.

Today, I don’t want to be identified with the holiday because it’s rooted in ideologies which I see as being dishonoring to God. I’ve had enough evil done to me in my life and there is enough evil in the world going around that I don’t want to celebrate a holiday that elevates evil further.

A lot of Christians anticipate Halloween with excitement, unaware of the strong ties to the pagan religion or maybe they haven’t yet realized the importance of integrating our faith into daily decisions (like whether or not an activity honors God).

Halloween emphasizes violence, but Jesus emphasizes peace and gentleness (Titus 3:2 & Luke 2:14). Halloween emphasizes fear and terror, but God emphasizes tranquility, rest, assurance, and love (Psalm 23, 2 Timothy 1:17, 1 John 4:18). Halloween emphasizes death and destruction, but God emphasizes life and restoration (John 3:16, Ezekiel 33:11, Jeremiah 30:17). There’s just no getting around the fact that Halloween is opposed to God’s character and ways.

And then there is the candy.

Tons of sugar in so many different forms, plus artificial colors and flavors. No redeeming nutritional value at all. It’s just store-bought and laden full of junk that is slowing killing us, which is just as harmful as the spiritual roots of Halloween.

Think about this, every year, Americans spend over 6.9 billion dollars on Halloween alone. Imagine all the good that could be done with that kind money!

34 thoughts on “Halloween & Why I Don’t Celebrate

  1. I’d like to tell you why I do celebrate it: I believe it is Jesus’ true birthday. I actually heard in from a preacher and have believed it ever since. First, we know that the census was being taken; historically this happened in the fall. Second, we know the sheep were on the hillside, this happened in the fall and spring. Third, we know that Jesus’ resurrection happened somewhere around Easter, thus, if Jesus was 33 and a half years old and we do the math, that means he was born in the fall. So you say it could be anytime in the fall right? Yeah, but I know that satan knows the day and I also know that he would want to make it the worst day of the year: a day of evil, killings and fear. What day is that? Bingo Halloween. So each year my kids dress up (in good costumes) and we go door to door. After receiving their candy my kids hand out a card that says, “Smile, Jesus loves you.” (they’ve made it themselves) I have gotten so many positive statements and I know this has made a difference in the lives of my kids. I haven’t spread my views to these people (they might think we are freaks) but we’ve done something to make Jesus happy. We also sing Happy Birthday to him before we go out and pray a blessing over him, for him to be blessed on his birthday. Meghan

    1. Hi again, Meghan. Yes, from my reading I do believe that Jesus was born in the fall but there are so many others reasons that don’t celebrate Halloween knowing it’s history and the practices that took place when the holiday was enacted, I feel very convicted by this. Teaching your children to celebrate God and share His word with people is an incredible thing, expecially teaching them young that in the midst of the everything His word and love should flow from their hearts. What a difference you all are making in the lives of so many.

  2. Kerri, I sooo agree with your post. I grew up in a christian home that DID celebrate halloween, so you can imagine the response I got when we announced our family wouldn’t be taking part in it!! I had an experience with a demon that was attached to a halloween object! FROM OUR CHURCH!! God told me in no uncertain terms that we were not to participate in halloween. It has been hard, praise the Lord…He has brought friends into our lives that believe the same way. It’s nice to know there are others out there!!

  3. I love how you wrote this. You stated why you don’t celebrate Halloween without spreading hate on the other people who do celebrate it. I’ve read so many articles on here that people have written that just seems like a hate speech, but yours is simple and gentle to read. While I don’t celebrate Halloween many people believe I do because I practice witchcraft, and they like to really slander people like me when they find out. I can see that you are a very loving Christian that knows her bible very well. You have also done your research, which is outstanding. Well done on the post.

    1. Thank you so much for your kind words, Idisappeared. I will always be a student but I love that God gives us our own ability to act on our free will and have our own opinion because we are so different. That is what makes us all unique and we should all embrace that and respect that in life and just listen with a open heart and mind and understand that sometimes we have to agree to disagree. It’s really more important to grow and learn from each other and love along the way. On another note: If were together and I heard someone slander you, I might would have you teach me how to turn them into a toad :O) Now that would be something to experience in life!

  4. Preach Kerri!!! this is some good stuff. I am proud to stand beside someone like you who will just put it out there and say it like it “T I” is!!

  5. Brilliant, I am in the midst of writing something about Halloween, which will come out nearer the time of this “festival”, and will include your post here in it Kerri, if that is okay. I agree with all you say, and it makes me cringe each year when it comes around and you see all the kids getting excited about dressing up in ghoulish costumes!

  6. Halloween is on of Satan’s greatest weapons…when a devil is identified as a cute little boy in a red suit with horns. Satan loves it when we don’t take him seriously. Excellent post, Kerri.

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