Should Christians Celebrate Halloween?

The Origins of Halloween

Historically, the original term for Halloween meant the “Hallowed Evening” before All Saints Day (November 1st). During the Middle Ages the custom of causing mischief and begging for the poor rose along with the idea that demons roamed that night because they were powerless to do so on All Saints Day. While some Christians have an aversion to celebrating Halloween, the semi-holiday does remind the general public of the reality of Satan (SHIMER’S DUST article, FUNDAMENTALIST JOURNAL, October, 1984, p.6).

As Christians, we need to be aware of Satan’s “tricks” and to be extremely careful that we do not fall into his snares.

The Christian Origin of Halloween

Most children (and the majority of adults) do not have the slightest knowledge of the Christian and historical experiences originally prompting the observance of Halloween.

The event came into being during the first century as a day of remembrance for those who suffered martyrdom for their belief in and faithfulness to Jesus Christ. So large a number died as martyrs that a day was appointed to honor them and was called, All Saints Day. The evening preceding this day was All Hallows Eve, and later, in the fourth century, became known as Halloween (or Holy Evening).

Although Halloween had a very legitimate beginning, unfortunately, through the centuries it has deteriorated into an event with very negative, even sinister overtones.

10 There shall not be found among you anyone who burns his son or his daughter as an offering, anyone who practices divination or tells fortunes or interprets omens, or a sorcerer or a charmer or a medium or a necromancer or one who inquires of the dead, for whoever does these things is an abomination to the Lord. And because of these abominations the Lord your God is driving them out before you. Deuteronomy 18:10-12

Halloween generally connotes something dark and evil. For many reasons, this is not good — not the least of which is the fact that God forbids us to be involved with evil spirits and those things pertaining to the netherworld.


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Dr. Elmer Towns is a college and seminary professor, an author of popular and scholarly works (the editor of two encyclopedias), a popular seminar lecturer, and dedicated worker in Sunday school, and has developed over 20 resource packets for leadership education.His personal education includes a B.S. from Northwestern College in Minneapolis, Minnesota, a M.A. from Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas, a Th.M. from Dallas Theological Seminary also in Dallas, a MRE from Garrett Theological Seminary in Evanston, Illinois, and a D.Min. from Fuller Theological Seminary in Pasadena, California.He is co-founder of Liberty University, with Jerry Falwell, in 1971, and was the only full-time teacher in the first year of Liberty’s existence. Today, the University has over 11,400 students on campus with 39,000 in the Distance Learning Program (now Liberty University Online), and he is the Dean of the School of Religion.Dr. Towns has given theological lectures and taught intensive seminars at over 50 theological seminaries in America and abroad. He holds visiting professorship rank in five seminaries. He has written over 2,000 reference and/or popular articles and received six honorary doctoral degrees. Four doctoral dissertations have analyzed his contribution to religious education and evangelism.

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