Summary: Christian view of Halloween ...
What’s wrong with Halloween?
(Eph 5:11-17 & Deut 18:9-12)
Right up front - this message comes from a friend of mine, Pastor Jimmy Dillon, and is used with his permission. I first heard this message about 7 years ago and really felt that it is important enough to share it today.
Over time I have found that many Christians ask of October 31st is, "What’s wrong with Halloween?" This morning I hope that we can examine this question and if anything – give you something additional to think about as you seek to strengthen your relationship with the Lord.
It is not my hope to encourage or discourage anything or to press my personal beliefs on any family -- but merely to provide some facts for you to consider and ponder and research on your own. I encourage you VERY strongly to seek out the Spirit of the Lord on this, and do as He leads.
Go with me to Ephesians 5:11-17
In order to examine Halloween fully, we must understand the origins of this holiday. The practices and rituals that surround Halloween are traced back to the “Druid Festival of the Dead” originating sometime around 100 A.D.
It was commonly referred to as the “Samhain Festival” which was a Celtic celebration that focused on death. The Celts in Western Europe believed that ghosts and other spirit-beings visited on Samhain Eve – aka October 31st.
The also believed that the barrier between the physical world and spirit world was at its weakest on this date and so the ancient Druids, who were a priestly class of Celts, believed that Samhain "the Lord of Death" gathered souls of the evil dead who had been condemned to enter the bodies of animals and good people’s souls were reincarnated as humans.
The Druids would then offer sacrifices, prayers, and gifts to Samhain, attempting to lighten the punishment of the evil dead. The Druids would even pray for and to the dead in Roman temples trying to contact them through the spirit world. This is where we get séances from – and we also have religious organizations such as the Catholic church teaching about a place called Purgatory (where souls are said to go and wait for something …) which is not found anywhere in the Bible. God’s Word says “To be absent from the body is to be present with the Lord” ~ 2 Cor 5:8
This thought process that people can be talked to or communicated with after death is complete nonsense.
Remember the story of the Rich Man and Lazarus in Luke 16:22 … Verse 26 talks about a great chasm that souls cannot pass, this is the separation for the coming day of Judgment in Rev 20 at the Great White Throne. There is no holding place that people can be prayed too or for, and even the book of Hebrews emphasizes this in Ch 9 v 27 which says, “Just as man is destined to die once, and after that to face judgment”
Halloween came to America in the 1800’s and I assure you that the pilgrims did not go around and say “trick or treat”. A group of immigrants brought the celebration and practice of Halloween to America in the 1800s, and it was not until the 1950s that American’s began dressing up in costumes and giving candy to one another. This act was based on the Celtic offering of gifts to evil spirits (discussed earlier), and when an offering was not made (treat) there would be an undesirable outcome (trick).