I use to participate in halloween. I never really gave it much thought. It was fun and seemed harmless until about 4 years ago when God told me, “Do it no more”. I no longer participate which has caused some grief from my kids over the years but, they have adapted well. It’s all about the candy to them anyway. Even my husband was not supportive at first but, now he is getting to know God’s word which has been a major blessing from Jesus. I do buy my kids candy to make it easier on them but, I don’t have to worry about it being poisoned or otherwise harmful to them. We don’t have to spend money for costumes or stress over “What will I be?”, and we don’t have to worry about getting through all the traffic and crowds, or any people that might be out to trick more then treat. These are some of the reasons God doesn’t want us doing certain things. To help keep us protected and worry free. I still think back to how fun it was but, pleasing God seems more important to me. He said NO! and, though I am far from perfect, I will try to do His ways.
The origin of the word “Halloween” is christian but, it does not come from christian influence. It is an Irish Celtic festival called Samhain that is mentioned in literature as far back the early 10th century. The Catholic church adopted it in the 12th century calling it “All Hallows” or “All Saints” Day.
Samhain was seen as a time when the “door” to the “otherworld” opened enough for the souls of the dead, and other beings, to come into our world. Feasts were had, at which the souls of dead kin were beckoned to attend and a place was set at the table for them. It has thus been likened to a festival of the dead. People also took steps to protect themselves from harmful spirits, which is thought to have led to the custom of guising. In order to avoid being recognised by any soul that might be seeking such vengeance, people would don masks or costumes to disguise their identities. Divination was also done at Samhain.
The turnip has traditionally been used in Ireland and Scotland at Samhain, but immigrants to North America used the pumpkin, which is both much softer and much larger, making it easier to carve than a turnip. Halloween jack-o’-lanterns were originally representations of souls in purgatory (A Catholic belief). In some countries children would set candles in skulls in graveyards.
By the end of the 12th century it had become a christian holy day of obligation across Europe and involved such traditions as ringing bells for the souls in purgatory. “Souling”, the custom of baking and sharing soul cakes for “all crysten christened souls”, has been suggested as the origin of trick-or-treating. Groups of poor people, often children, would go door-to-door on All Saints/All Souls collecting soul cakes, originally as a means of praying for souls in purgatory. Similar practices for the souls of the dead were found as far south as Italy.
These customs came under attack during the 16th century Reformation as Protestants berated purgatory as a “popish” doctrine incompatible with the notion of predestination. In England and in Ireland, they had been celebrating Samhain and Halloween since at least the early Middle Ages, and the Scottish kirk took a more pragmatic approach to Halloween, seeing it as important to the life cycle and rites of passage of communities and thus ensuring its survival in the country.
It was not until the mass Irish and Scottish immigration during the 19th century that it was brought to North America. Mainly practiced among the immigrant communities during the mid-19th century, it was gradually adopted into mainstream society and by the first decade of the 20th century it was celebrated coast to coast by people of all social, racial and religious backgrounds.
Dueteronomy 18:9-12 When thou art come into the land which the Lord thy God giveth thee, thou shalt not learn to do after the abominations of those nations. 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: and because of these abominations the Lord thy God doth drive them out from before thee. Thou shalt be perfect with the Lord thy God.
Exodus 23:24 Thou shalt not bow down to their gods, nor serve them, nor do after their works: but thou shalt utterly overthrow them, and quite break down their images.
The christians in the Reformation, where our other christian religions came from, fought to get away from the Catholic church and its beliefs. They were against Halloween. You can not change God’s law just because you call it “christian”. Catholics adopted a pagan holiday that fit into their “saints” beliefs and called it christian. Now centuries later it’s just a common fun thing to do. Unknowning, or maybe not caring is the term, that they are practicing the devil’s ways. It is a holiday of connecting with spirits. God said DO NOT DO IT!! It is the high holy day of witches and wiccans. Seriously, that alone should be enough for a christian to separate from it. We are suppose to be a “peculiar people”. Not fitting in with the ways of the world. What are you doing, “christians”??