To participate or not to participate in Halloween is a decision that each believer must make according to his conscience. Depending on the person, the Halloween celebration can induce sin or just be an innocent party. The Bible has no commandment that says “You will not participate in Halloween”, so we must ask for guidance from God.
The origins of Halloween
Like many popular festivals, Halloween has a mix of pagan and Christian origins. Some pagan peoples in Europe had a party that day celebrating the end of the harvest season and the beginning of winter. That night was also linked to religious rituals to appease the gods and the spirits of the dead.
As it was a very popular festival, Christians decided to change its meaning to be a good thing. Thus came the All Saints’ Day, on November 1, to celebrate the life and works of exemplary Christians. Halloween means “eve of All Saints”.
Recently, Halloween has become better known because of the influence of the United States, where the party is very popular. For many it is just a night to dress up and play “trick or treat” (ordering sweets from door to door). On the other hand, there is a lot of emphasis on bad things like demons and witchcraft. Halloween night is an important date in the calendar of witchcraft and Satanism practitioners.
Find out here what the Bible says about witchcraft.
Is participating in Halloween a sin?
It depends on how the person participates. Dressing up as a hero or princess and eating candy is not bad. But vandalizing houses and glorifying evil is bad ( 1 Thessalonians 5:22 ). There is a lot at the Halloween party that can make a believer feel uncomfortable. Whether you participate or not, avoid situations that will give you problems of conscience ( Romans 14: 22-23 ).
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Think: how can I glorify God on Halloween? For one person the answer may be to participate in the celebration but in a responsible way, setting a good example for friends who are not believers. For someone else it may be staying at home, showing that there is no need to participate. For yet another, it may be having a church party to celebrate Jesus, who overcame darkness. Use your imagination to give glory to God on Halloween ( 1 Corinthians 10:31 ).