The Truth about Halloween

The Truth about Halloween

Ephesians 5:11

“And have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather reprove them.”


  1. The History of Halloween
    1. Halloween is without a doubt a religious holiday.
      • It is not a Christian holiday.
      • It is a religious holiday that the world celebrates.
    2. Originated with a Celtic festival called Samhain over 2,000 years ago.
    3. It was viewed as the god of light (the sun) losing power, and the god of darkness gaining power.
    4. It was celebrated by the druid priests on October 31 as the day that the dead returned to cause damage and to open the supernatural world to them.
    5. When the Celts were conquered by Rome in AD 43, the Romans combined their holiday of the passing of the dead with Samhain.
    6. In the eighth century, the Roman Catholic Church changed this celebration of the dead to a celebration of the saints and declared November 1 as All Hallows Day.
      • Historically the Roman Catholic Church has not sought to evangelize a new area though the Gospel.
      • Their practice has been to bring Catholic practices to a pagan group of people and get that people to adopt Catholic traditions.
      • This goal has resulted in paganism being blended with Catholic tradition.
    7. This did not change any of the practices of the pagan holiday, it only gave it a “Christian” name.
    8. October 31 and the celebration of Samhain became known as “All Hallows Eve” and later as Halloween.
    9. Halloween is a religious holiday of pagan demonism that was adopted by the Catholic Church.
  2. The gods of Halloween
    1. Dread
      • A big part of Halloween is a promotion of fear.
      • Costumes, movies, pranks, and haunted attractions are all to promote Halloween’s god of fear.
      • 2 Tim. 1:7 For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.
      • 1 John 4:18 There is no fear in love; but perfect love casteth out fear: because fear hath torment. He that feareth is not made perfect in love.
    2. Darkness
      • Darkness is also promoted at Halloween.
      • The activities of Halloween are centered around night.
      • There is no question that darkness is a god of Halloween.
      • 1 John 1:5 This then is the message which we have heard of him, and declare unto you, that God is light, and in him is no darkness at all.
    3. Death
      • Halloween in its very roots is a celebration of death.
      • Death has always been tied in with the practices of Halloween.
        1. Samhain was a day when the dead were allowed to come back to earth.
        2. The Romans tied in their holiday of the day of the dead with Samhain.
        3. The Roman Catholics used the day to honor dead saints.
        4. Trick-or-treating developed as a way first to appease the dead, and further to pray for the dead.
      • It is still true today in its promotion of tombstones, ghosts, skeletons, and murder in the Halloween movie culture.
      • We as Christians do not fear death, but we do not celebrate it either.
      • Death is the fruit of sin.
      • Romans 5:12 Wherefore, as by one man sin entered into the world, and death by sin; and so death passed upon all men, for that all have sinned:
      • Christ is life, the opposite of death.
      • John 14:6a Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life:
    4. Destruction
      • Another big part of Halloween that is promoted and uplifted is that of violence and destruction.
      • This can be seen in the level and types of crime committed the night of Halloween.
      • Pranks have been a big part of Halloween since its beginning. In Samhain, the spirits of the dead would cause destruction on that night.
      • This has continued through all of Halloween history.
      • This trait is most evident in the movie industry associated with Halloween. Horror films and thrillers center on demonism and violence.
      • God gives peace; when sin has free course, violence fills the earth.
      • 6:11 The earth also was corrupt before God, and the earth was filled with violence.
    5. Devil and demons
      • Christians are probably the only people that will not admit that the Devil is honored on Halloween.
      • He is seen in costumes, he and his demons are worshipped in movies, and those who seek his influence use Halloween as a time when he is more easily accessible.
      • The Devil is the enemy of God and the enemy of the Christian.
      • If someone were to take one of your children and to torture and murder them and get away scot free, then one of your other children were to dress up like him and go to a party he was hosting, you would have a small picture of the way God must feel when a Christian honors Satan in their celebration of Halloween.
      • 1 Peter 5:8 Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour:
    6. Deception
      • Costumes, tricks, and scary things are all intended as deceptions in the celebration of Halloween.
      • Deception is condemned repeatedly in the Bible.
      • Deception is the goal of the Devil.
      • Revelation 12:9 And the great dragon was cast out, that old serpent, called the Devil, and Satan, which deceiveth the whole world: he was cast out into the earth, and his angels were cast out with him.
    7. The Symbols of Halloween
      1. Enchantments, Witchcraft
        • 18:10-12a There shall not be found among you any one that maketh his son or his daughter to pass through the fire, or that useth divination, or an observer of times, or an enchanter, or a witch, Or a charmer, or a consulter with familiar spirits, or a wizard, or a necromancer. For all that do these things are an abomination unto the LORD:
      2. Demonic activity
        • Haunted houses
        • Horror films
        • The music of Halloween

Eph. 6:11-12 Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil.  For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.

  1. Jack O’ Lantern
    • This has its roots in a superstition and myth regarding a man named Jack who bargained with the Devil.
    • When he died neither God nor the Devil wanted him, so he had to wander and haunt the earth.
    • For a light, he was given one coal that he put inside a gourd.
    • If you carve out a gourd and put a light in it at your house, Jack’s evil spirit will leave you alone.
  2. Costumes
    • Dating all the way back to the original festival of Samhain, costumes were worn to protect people from the dead and the evil spirits the night of the festival.
    • If you wore a costume, the dead would leave you alone, because they would not recognize you.
    • The demons would also leave you alone because they thought you were one of them.
  3. Trick-or-treat
    • The idea of tricks and treats have been closely tied together in the celebration of Halloween from the very beginning.
    • Tricks originated in the mayhem that would be caused as the spirits of the dead came back for the night of Samhain and of All Hallows Eve.
    • Treats originated in the food offerings that would be set out to appease these evil spirits to keep them from bothering a home.
    • As the Roman Catholic Church attempted to “Christianize” this pagan holiday, the treats took on more of their present form in people going door to door to ask for these treats.
    • This was called “souling” where in exchange for a treat, the one going door to door would promise to pray for the dead relatives of the home that gave them the treat.
  4. Halloween and America
    1. Halloween is the second most popular holiday in America.
    2. When Halloween first came into America, it was banned throughout most of the country.
      • Because of the strong Bible influence of the Protestants who were involved in the founding of the country, Halloween was banned as something that was wicked.
      • Halloween found its first stronghold in Maryland through the strong Catholic presence there.
      • It did not spread through the rest of the country until the famine in Ireland moved hundreds of thousands of Irish immigrants into America.
      • They brought with them the Celtic and Catholic blurred holiday of Samhain and Halloween.
    3. The evidence of the worship that America gives to Halloween is strongly seen in the money it dedicates to this holiday.
      • 6:21 For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.
      • Americans spend $8.4 billion on just costumes, decorations, and candy. That is $82 per shopper.
      • This does not include movies or attractions.
      • 25% of all the candy consumed in America is tied to Halloween.

Yp | Derek Renshaw

Hunt Valley Baptist church

Hunt Valley, MD