Friday, October 29, 2010
I’ve been thinking about what to write about Halloween. When I think about it I don’t have any cute stories or pictures of my children in costume. We just don’t participate. But we do need to be aware and protect or children body, mind, and spirit during this time of year especially. What it comes down to is education. As Christians we need to know more about what Halloween is before we decide for ourselves and our families whether to participate. I haven’t found a better way to explain it than they do with a flyer at my church. I would post the flyer, but it’s in Spanish. So instead I’ve decided to translate it for you. I hope you will read it and consider carefully what to do for Halloween.
“Where Does Halloween Come From?
Many years ago in England people believed that the dead returned to eat with people. The druid priests took advantage of this belief by dressing up as the dead and going door to door asking for food. This is where the tradition of going door to door asking for candy dressed in scary costumes comes from. If the priests did not receive anything they would curse the house or they would burn it down with the people inside. This is where the phrase ‘Trick or Treat’ comes from. The people were terrified of these visiting ‘spirits’ and put candles inside of pumpkins to scare them off. In popular tradition this celebration is known as ‘All Hallows (saints) Eve’ also known as Halloween. This festival on October 31 is considered the most important day of the year for those who now practice witchcraft and satanism.
What Does The Bible Say About Halloween?
The origin of Halloween and the Day of the Dead is just as unknown to people as the Bible verses that show such practices to be an abomination for God. The Bible says in Leviticus 20:27 ‘A man or woman who is a medium or spiritist among you must be put to death. . .’ Many people participate in this celebration for their children, but they should remember that Christians should not conform to the customs of this world (Romans 12:2). This celebration is an integral part of witchcraft and according to the Apostle Paul those who participate in witchcraft will not inherit the Kingdom of God. (Galatians 5:16-21). While some may think that Halloween is an inoffensive party, it is really a satanic celebration. It is serious and dangerous. During Halloween night those who are in opposition to Christ gather together to observe satanic rituals against the church and the family.
What Should I Do For Halloween?
We invite you to talk to your children, explaining to them the reasons it is not good for them to participate in these celebrations, teaching them to respond to the questions their friends and classmates may ask, so that they can do it prudently, without judgment, and without scaring them. If it’s possible also speak with your children’s teachers explaining to them why you and your children do not participate in these activities. Tell your small children that if they want candy, you will buy it for them, and do it so they won’t be tempted to get them by participating in Halloween activities. Speak to the older ones about the danger involved in participating in anything that is related to the darkness. If what your children want is to be with their friends organize a healthy party in your house. Prepare games and entertainment for them that have nothing to do with the darkness, but have everything to do with Jesus (it could be a good opportunity for your child’s friends and their parents to know God). Pray and intercede to destroy the works of satan during these days.
Don’t get involved in these satanic practices!”
. . . what fellowship can light have with darkness?
2 Corinthians 6:14