Summary: Alternatives to Halloween.
Overcoming the Curse of Halloween
1. Halloween is a very controversial issue that
every Christian is forced to deal with. Every
year at the end of October our country’s streets
and sidewalks are filled with young boys and
girls that have one thing, and one thing only in
mind, CANDY. Many children dress up as their
favorite cartoon or Disney character, their
favorite animal, a pirate, a princess, a police
officer, a fireman, or one of their many heroes.
2. I grew up in a family that saw no harm in
dressing up for Halloween and going trick-or-
treating. We even used to have costume parties
and would bob for apples and would eat cake and
ice cream. Our family enjoyed Halloween and my
parents encouraged our creativity by letting us
choose or make our own costumes.
3. We did not practice Halloween as part of a cult
nor did we think of it as some evil holiday but
rather we had a good Christian time with each
other and our friends. We saw it is a time of
fellowship and good cheer.
4. Therefore I do not see anything inherently evil
with trick-or-treating or bobbing for apples if
it is done in a way that brings honor to God and
5. Every year the same issue arises and every year
it is dealt with in nearly the same fashion. Many
ignore the issue completely and turn their lights
off, lock the doors. And pretend they are not
home. But as parent you can only ignore the issue
for a short time then it surfaces to the point
where you can not ignore it any longer.
6. Many people believe that it is wrong to
participate in Halloween in any way, shape, or
form. But the truth of the matter is that we are
Christians and we have nothing to fear from
Halloween because it is just a day. But it is a
day that we must be aware of and not run from.
7. Today we are going to discuss overcoming the
curse of Halloween. The passage that we will be
reading from comes to us from Philippians 4:8-9.
1. The passage emphasizes that we are to concentrate
on what is true, noble, right, pure, and whatever
is praiseworthy. But then this passage goes on to
state that whatever we have learned, heard, or seen
in the author we were to put into practice.
2. The author of this passage is Paul and he wrote
these words while he was under house arrest in
Rome. We know from reading scripture that Paul was
not a coward and he reached many pagans by asking
them to evaluate their own religion and practices.
We have to ask ourselves today what would Paul do
in this situation.
3. We know what Paul would do in this situation
because he tells in his letter to the believers in
the Roman Empire.
a. Romans 12:21 - Do not be overcome by evil, but
overcome evil with good.
4. How do we overcome this holiday with pagan roots?
How do we overcome the curse of Halloween? The
very first thing we must is look at the history of
5. There are three different origins of Halloween
that have occurred over the centuries to give us
the picture of Halloween today.
a. The Festival of Samhain
1. The druids, members of a pagan order in
Britain, Ireland, and Gaul, celebrated the
Eve of Samhain on October 31.
2. This antedates Christianity and provides a
source of several modern day customs such as
ghost stories, bonfires, and costumes.
3. This was considered the time of the year in
which both good and bad spirits roamed the
earth. It was a night of ghosts, fairies,
goblins, and when bonfires were built and
4. Although the Romans outlawed the druids, the
Halloween costumes of druidic origin remained
and developed to what we know today.
b. The Black Sabbath
1. This is a day that people practicing
witchcraft believe that their powers are
stronger and more powerful than any other day
of the year.
2. The most Unholy of Days
c. All Saints’ Day – Roman Catholic
1. The evening before All Saints’ Day provides
us with another origin of Halloween.
2. Celebrated by the Roman Catholic and
Anglican churches in honor of God and all of
his saints. It was established in the 7th
Century when the Pantheon in Rome was
consecrated as the Church of the Blesse
Virgin and All Martyrs.
d. Reformation Movement Starts
1. Martin Luther realized that Christians are
saved not through their own efforts but
rather by the gift of God’s grace which they
accept by faith.
2. On October 31, 1517 Martin Luther posted his